Browse Month: September 2010

Langkawi : Gateway to sailing in the Andaman Sea

Thanks to a well-served airport, as well as good yacht and marina facilities in Langkawi (which compared favorably with neighboring Phuket), reaching the islands of the Andaman Sea has never been easier.

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Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the way air travel in Asia is growing so fast, reaching Langkawi itself has also never been easier.  There are over 15 direct flights everyday, either from Kuala Lumpur or from Singapore.

Singapore and ‘KL’ are the two most advanced cities in Southeast Asia today, and while not quite as exciting and alluring as Bali, they are nevertheless ideal gateways to the region with truly modern, world-class airports.

Emerald Isles – While most people know of Phuket, the Malaysian island of Langkawi (only 120 miles south of Phuket) is a very convenient but often overlooked departure point for sailors. Langkawi today is an established 5-star resort and holiday haven, surrounded by stunning beaches and a backdrop of lush rainforest-covered mountains.

Marine Gateway – A short sail from Langkawi brings you to the beautiful Tarutao Marine National Park, and from here you can hop northwards among the hundreds of islands of Phuket and Phang-Nga Bay, Similan, Surin and the Mergui Archipelago. Though not nearly as well-known as Phuket, Langkawi has long since attracted yachts from around the world, and there are now 3 marinas serving the many cruising boats based here: