Krabi, lat 08.7N, lat 98.49.56E

Splinters Apprentice
Bone & Beth Bushnell
Mon 31 Dec 2012 02:27
After an unplanned year back in the UK it is wonderful to be sitting at anchor here in Krabi ready for the NYE fireworks. The weather is not about to cooperate. We have spinoff from the typhoon that hit the Phillipines on Christmas Day so occasional rain and it is forecast to get a bit lively tomorrow.
The changes in Malaysia were striking but in Phuket it is unrecognisable. So much building, so much traffic, no motorcycle taxis!
Splinters Apprentice has faired well, no unauthorised visitors, no mould or mildew and after a few odd problems all is again well. Pangkor marina looked after her well.
Surprisingly we managed a reasonable sail up to Langkawi after a quick stop in Penang for Thai visas, filled up on Beer then had an excellent sail all the way to Ao Chalong.
The Thais have put in free mooring buoys for yachts to use. But they appear to have been scattered randomly so many are too close, some too shallow and some miles off. Boats are already having problems with moorings breaking.
Every patch of sand now seems to have a beach bar, umbrellas and hordes of Longtails, even offshore islands. There appears no control over development. A great shame. A lovely area is being ruined.
We seem to have parked ourselves in the middle of the Longtails run so it is bit noisy but fun.
Happy New Year.

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