Sunday, 14 January 2007

The New Year Runaround

There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign - Robert Louis Stevenson
The festivities over, our fellow yachties had departed and tranquility reigned again. 
Our haven peaceful again
We decided it was time we looked at the long-promised refit and headed for a berth at the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club
Dressed for the New Year
This is where we would leave Tientos while we scoped out boatyards in Southern Thailand. 
2006 comes to a close
Arriving in time for New Year celebrations at the Club, we actually made it past midnight. 
The Pennicott's welcome in 2007
The ferry to Satun in Thailand leaves from the jetty next to the Yacht Club so along with Geoff from 'Pussyfoot', we hopped over to Thailand. 
Leaving Malaysia overlooked by the Lang
Arrival at Satun Thailand
Staying at the Sinkiat Hotel for three days, we hired a car and driver to check out the local boatyards.
Tuk Tuk to the Hotel
Sinkiat Hotel with On's Bar next door (very handy)
View from our room
The Sinkiat Hotel provides rooms on the upper floors for 'farangs' and the view was spectacular.  This Hotel highlighted the advantages of banking with the 'Police Credit Union'; Keith was saluted with 'polisi' everytime he collected the key and never did our card 'disappear' out the back in any country.
We looked at both Ratanachai Slip and PSS Shipyard
Never did find out what this building was
Boats were in all sorts of designs
Yellow is the King's colour - Tientos was a hit
Our driver recommended against Ratanachai saying the local area was not completely safe for westerners but we focused on PSS anyway as we liked the people and had already made friends in nearby Satun. 
Home away from home
Having decided on the boatyard, it was back to Langkawi, then another fast ferry to Penang for our Thai visa. 
Fast ferry to Penang
This time it was a stay at the Hotel Hong Ping (we don't do backpackers, long story) on Lebuh Chulia, smack bang in the middle of historical Georgetown.
Sign on the side of the Hotel
It was more tourist treks while waiting for our visas to be processed and a good look at the Chew Jetty. The Chew Jetty is a settlement of wooden houses built on stilts, over a century old, with the name 'Chew' indicating the families who live here. 
Historical Chew Jetty
Main terminal point
A fascinating walk with an insight to the clan families
Low tide
With visas in hand, we returned to Langkawi, stocked up on roast lambs, smoked salmon and duty-free drinks and cleared from Malaysia.
Time for a refit...

May all your bars be wooden and well-stocked!

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