12.09.2013 - 19.09.2013 33 °C
Our last port of call in Malaysia was at Tellaga Harbour on Langkawi Island, where we hijacked the Kilkenny Cat's (Brian Scott's) catamaran. Having met Brian only once before in a drunken haze at his brother Liam's wedding to Dearbhala in Italy, none of us remembered one and other!
Brian picked us up from the local jetty and ferried us out to his Cat in his little inflatable rib which was nearly swamped with all our luggage. On board the cat, which was moored in the bay, we were shown to our individual cabins located in each hull. Not only did we have a bed each but also a hand basin and a toilet. Luxury.
That evening, after watching the sunset with a few glasses of vino we decamped to the nearest island where we met some of the occupants of the neighbouring boats. A lovely bunch of people, including two families; one from South Africa and one from the States, who were both sailing around the world for several years. What a great experience for their children. We had a few nice BBQs on the island and a few good nights on board with the Russian, German and Canadian neighbours. What a great way to live.
The days on board rolled into each other. After the first night the weather changed for the better and we slept out on deck, well, on the mesh over the open water. What a joy to go to sleep under the stars and wake up to the sun rising over the jungle-covered mountains. After a wonderful breakfast cooked by Brian we would kayak to the nearest island and loll around on hammocks in the shade of the trees. Bliss. We borrowed Brian's motorbike a few days and toured the island. We also took the cable car to the second highest peak on Langkawi and drank in the amazing views of the islands in both Malaysia and Thailand.
Bathing on board involved a bucket and jam jar of precious fresh water. On a couple of days we washed (surreptitiously) at the local waterfall and associated pools, which were refreshingly cold in the tropical heat. One evening on the way back from the falls a car stopped and we were offered a lift by a young Malay couple. The ever modest (!) Seamus, insisted on putting his T shirt on before getting into the car (out of politeness to the girl who was wearing the Muslim headscarf). The young couple laughed their heads off, saying "this is a free country!" They introduced themselves, shook our hands and told us they were on honeymoon from Kuala Lumpur. All they were concerned about was that we were enjoying our time in their country, which we assured them we were.
Having intended to stay for only a few days we ended up staying on board for a week with Brian. I'm sure he was delighted to see the back of us and get his boat back to himself. It was a lovely bit of R&R for us.