I ❤️ Brunei

Maybe its island living, but like the Sarawakians, the Bruneians are a chilled out friendly bunch. We spent ten days hanging out in Brunei, a tiny little enclave country wedged into Malaysian Borneo. It’s ruled by a Sultan, is predominantly Muslim, and is sitting on a big lake of oil, which finances the place. Brunei…

Bring on Borneo!

After our little detour to the Anambas and Natuna Islands, we finished crossing the South China Sea and arrived in Borneo. For me, Borneo has always been synonymous with travel and adventure, and steamy jungles full of fascinating animals and poison-dart-wielding headhunters! I think this stemmed from my dad working on the oil rigs when…

Selamat Hari Raya!

“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.” Anita Desai On the small and remote island of Pulau Seresan, we were invited into the homes of the local Indonesian people to celebrate Hari Raya Eidilfitri (the end of Ramadan) with them. We went ashore to explore as normal (not realising it was Hari Raya),…

Kampung life

We are back in Indonesia! We have detoured to the remote Indonesian islands of Anambas and Natuna on our way across to Borneo. It rained cats and dogs for a lot of our time in the Anambas islands, but the little town of Tarempa welcomed us in traditional Indonesian style, and we spent a few…

On passage to Borneo

We are currently in the Anambas Islands in Indonesia and internet coverage is terrible (apparently someone stole the fibre optic cable!) Anyway a longer update will have to wait til we get somewhere with better coverage. Our overnight passage from mainland Malaysia was a mixed bag. We were farewelled by a huge storm, and just…

Turtly terrific Terengganu!

Less than half the rally boats made the effort to travel 170 nautical miles north to the sultanate of Terengganu, but we are seriously glad we did. It was awesome! For starters, the state capital Kuala Terengganu has a healthy maritime industry, so we were able to get our dinghy repaired quickly and easily. So…

A big dose of vitamin sea

After the murky waters of the Malacca Strait, and shore excursions to Myanmar and around mainland Malaysia, we were overdue for some vitamin sea. Fortunately the Johor Islands along Malaysia’s east coast obliged. Actually the Johor Islands were a pleasant surprise. A little cluster of islands ringed with great beaches and fringing reefs, with welcoming…

Jungle Critters!

The wifi signal is weak in the jungle, but you’ll find that the connection is strong! (Sign in Taman Negara National Park, Malaysia) Humidity blankets us as we step on decaying leaf matter and over gnarled tree roots. Tall trees tower overhead. Ferns, vines and shrubs fill in the gaps. A thousand shades of green…

Don’t mess with Melaka!

Here’s a photo diary of our one-day flying visit to the cool and historic town of Melaka (Malacca): Once a Sultanate, Melaka was first colonised by the Portuguese in the early 1500s; was lost to the Dutch in 1641; and it was ceded to the British in 1824. Now, tourists visiting Melaka troop around the…

Our next adventure begins…

And so the next chapter of the Alpha Odyssey begins. We have joined the 2018 Sail Malaysia Passage to the East rally , which sails from Langkawi (Malaysia), back down the Malacca Strait, around Singapore, up the east coast of Malaysia, then across to the Anambas and Natunas Islands (Indonesia), and then across to Borneo. This…

Everyone needs to put Myanmar on their travel bucket list!

After three fabulous months in Thailand, we had a few spare weeks before we commenced our rally back to the east, so we tossed up a few options to fill the gap. We considered sailing to the Andaman Islands, but the bureaucracy got the better of us, so we decided to fly to Myanmar instead!…