Browse Month: April 2009

Borneo, Bali and Beyond

Spring is turning into summer and this indicates the time of the year when Raja Laut sets her sights southwards from the Mergui Archipelago, to the magnificence of Borneo, Bali, and the Komodo National Park.

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Another highly enjoyable Nov-April season in the Andaman Sea draws to a close, with the Raja Laut docked in Langkawi, and our crew on R&R – quite rightly so after a busy season in Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago.

Our next stop will be the port of Kota Kinabalu, on the north coast of Malaysian Borneo. Well-endowed by Mother Nature, lush rainforests, swollen rivers, a smattering of idyllic islands, natural charm and friendly locals, we can never talk too highly of Malaysian Borneo – one of our favourite places in the world – and an area that offers up a highly rewarding cruising experience for those who know where to go.

Borneo is the birthplace of many inspiring, impossibly-romantic, adventure stories. The writer Joseph Conrad is the probably the most famous novelist to have traced a path to Borneo, many times, both as a sailor and writer. Conrad did more than any other to make Borneo legend, and we like to think of the journey from the Andaman sea to Borneo, and then Bali as ‘Conrads Voyage’.

Borneo is also Raja Laut’s birthplace, and her spiritual home. The schooner was built on these shores, and with it our dream of exploring Borneo, Bali and beyond!