Koh Phayam

We’ve decided that KOH PHAYAM, a little island on the northern border with Myanmar, is one of our favourite places so far. What’s not to like about a place with a really calm anchorage with super-easy dinghy access ashore, long stretches of beach, rare hornbill birds flying overhead morning and night, no cars or noisy…

A cave full of … ?!

In Krabi Province, much like Phuket, there are amazing beaches, hollow islands called hongs, spectacular scenery, delicious local food, and of course, hundreds of longtail boats and millions of tourists. But in Krabi, we also stumbled upon something rather unusual: a cave full of cocks! Yes … penises … of all different shapes and sizes….

Whistlestop tour!

Welcome aboard Debs!! Thanks for being our latest guest crew member on Angel Wing! And even though it was only for a brief whistlestop tour, we still packed a fair bit in: Paddling through the hongs in Phang Nga Bay, followed up with some pretty classy sundowners!   Diving and snorkelling at Koh Racha Yai,…

Bircher at “The Beach” (Galley Goodness)

What better way to start another day in tropical island paradise than with a bowl of bircher muesli? Oats, nuts, sunflower seeds, sultanas, fruit juice, a few sprinkles of chia seeds, and several dollops of home-made yoghurt all mixed in. And served with an amazing view courtesy of “the Beach”, or Maya Bay on Koh…

Ding dong, it’s time to hong!

PHANG-NGA BAY, THAILAND As we (motor)sailed north into Phang-Nga Bay, we were greeted by large monoliths jutting vertically out of the sea, dripping with limestone stalactites and coated in lush rainforest. The scenery in this part of Thailand is spectacular, but the real gems are what’s hidden within. Many of these islands are actually hollow,…

Hermaphrodites and hermits (Marine Biology 101)

Ah, it’s so great to be back in clear water, with diving and snorkelling spots around nearly every corner! And in Kamala Bay, Phuket, we found nudibranch heaven!! We spotted more than ten species, including a few mating pairs, and lots of nudi egg ribbons. (According to Google), nudibranchs are a group of soft-bodied marine…

Flamers and fireworks…hello 2018!

Incoming!!! Normally that’s a call you hear on a battlefield when rockets and artillery are raining down, but it was also yelled out several times during our new years eve celebrations aboard SV Billaroo in Patong Bay, Thailand. Every now again, an errant paper lantern, lit by revellers on nearby Patong Beach to accompany new years’…

The mysterious red stripes of Langkawi

There are 99 islands in the Langkawi group. And nearly all of them are marked in various places by three horizontal red stripes. On trees, rock walls, along roads and beaches, around corners…everywhere! But what do they mean? Who knows. Even after three weeks in Langkawi, we are still none the wiser on what the…

Langkawi: where eagles (and sails!) soar

Lang is the (shortened) bahasa word for eagle and kawi means brown stone, so Langkawi, our current location, is named after the sea-eagles that are ubiquitous around these islands. As we sailed into the Langkawi island group, we spotted lots and lots of sea-eagles circling the limestone pinnacles that jut out of the sea. Brahminy…

Dancing goats and dragonboats in Penang

Amanda: Hey guys, wanna meet at the Penang Botanic Gardens? Wayne (SV Irie): We are dancing with goats at the moment. See you there at 12 o’clock. Amanda: And then you can tell us about the dancing goats…! It turns out The Dancing Goat is a coffee shop in Penang. A really average one actually:…

Marine Biology 101: Jellyfish

Actually  “jellyfish” is a misnomer. Fish are vertebrates (i.e. they have bones) and jellyfish don’t, so they aren’t fish at all. In any case, it’s been a long time since I’ve been able to dive or snorkel, so the only marine wildlife I’ve spotted in the last two months have been various jellyfish. Each day…

Sealift magic in Pangkor

We hauled out. It was time to replace the anodes and anti-foul, so we engaged the services of the sealift at Pangkor Marina, and hauled our girl out for a few days. Hauling out is always a bit stressful, but the team at Pangkor Marina were uber-professional and got the job swiftly and expertly. And…