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!…

Sunset with a twist!

The sun has set on our time in Thailand. Too quickly our visas ran out and it was time to head back to Malaysia. But as we were enjoying our final Thai sunset, parked by ourselves on a mooring ball at Koh Adang, we were treated to a last bit of Thai magic: a small…

Anchor chain bootcamp!

Here’s an idea for bootcamp: dragging a tonne of anchor chain back and forth across sand. I wonder if anyone would turn up if that’s what was advertised? Unfortunately for us, we didn’t have a choice. Ever since we had the chain regalvanised in Penang  , it was constantly skipping on the gypsy, making it…

One year cruising!

Happy cruising anniversary to us. We cast off the lines and left Scarborough Marina at 4am one year ago! In that year, we’ve covered more than 6000 nautical miles across several seas and four countries. How do you distil a whole year into one post? It’s a bit tough, with all the awesome adventures we’ve had;…

Sawasdee Surins and Similans!

Sawasdee carp, greetings from the Surin and Similan Islands! Little islands dotted around the Andaman Sea that are rich with abundant marine life and amazing water clarity. As a marine-biologist-wannabe, I was in heaven! Surin Island tranquility As we arrived into Tranquil Bay in the Surin Islands [bold] we picked up one of the numerous Government…

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…