Overnighter or island-hopping?
Sailing from Phuket to Langkawi or vice-versa is roughly 120nm on sea. This depends on how you decide to sail and what voyage you would like to take. Decision is up to you! And the weather of course!
01 | Overnighter
Boat Lagoon Marina, Phuket 07°57.907’N 098°23.302’E
We have done 2 overnighters so far. One taking the boat up from Langkawi to Phuket and one the other way around. Both trips we had to dodge numerous fishing boats throughout the entire night, making it an interesting yet very exhausting sail.
In 2014, we took our sailboat Sandrose up from Langkawi to Phuket for repairs. We arrived early morning in Thailand waters and had countless fishing boats passing us to go out to see. We anchored on the east side of the Koh Rang Yai waiting for high tide in order to enter channel to Boat Lagoon Marina.
On our sail back to Langkawi we meant to extend our trip and anchor alongside a few islands. But we had so much fun sailing and the conditions where perfect so we decided to sail throughout the night. Our night sail went calm and smooth, and we had a fine dinner on board until we approached Langkawi…to our surprise we had to dodge 100’s of spotlights! Small fishing boats catching squid!
02 | Island hopping
Rebak Marina, Langkawi: 06°17.669’N 099°41.846’E
If you have the time, then you should defiantly consider the island-hopping sail . All tho you might experience rolly anchorages, you get to see amazing places. If you have even more time 🙂 spend at least a day or 2 at each anchorage and take your time to explore the island and the underwater life. I’m still amazed of how unbelievable beautiful all these islands are.
We explored and anchored the following islands:
- Koh Phi Phi,
- Racha Yai & Racha Noi,
- Koh Lanta,
- Koh Rok Yai & Ko Rok Noi and
- Koh Lipe
Blog Post about sailing these islands coming soon!
Our first ever voyage with our sailing boat ‘Sandrose’ was from Malaysia to Indonesia, crossing the Strait of Malacca. Read more about it here.
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