Saturday, February 28, 2009

Ban Thap Lamu

No this is not a Thai food dish.
It is the name of a small village near Alishan....
08 degree 34.1 N
98 degree 13.1 E
The people are very very friendly, hardly speak any English and don't try
to push you a TukTuk, Massage or T-shirts
You should Google Earth this location to see this beauty. Mind you,
the village is NOT beautiful at all, but the location is. We just came back from a
4 hour mangrove dinghy trip.
Tomorrow early we will make the jump to the off-shore islands, either
Similans or Surins.
Depending on the wind direction.
From there on, sniffsniff, Alishan will sail south again.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


25 bottles @ 20 liter of drinking water hauled by dinghy from the beach..
Replaced 2 x engine oil, oil filters, fuel filters, coolant, water filter...
Cleaned the waterline....
Who says it's only play..
Anyway, these jobs are DONE and yes, we will go back into cruising mode.
There are a few more islands and beaches to be explored..
and of course we could do with a nice THAI MASSAGE....
Here we come..


Saturday, February 21, 2009

Back to the 4 of us...

Oops, a bit behind with the updates.
Sailor Tom, ehh, Diver Tom, ehh, Sleeping Tom left for New Zealand a few days ago. And yes, we did have a good time with him on board of Alishan. Indeed a great way to get to know each other.
The last stop we made was at Phi Phi Don. A must for the younger generation. We all went for a long walk and enjoyed some of the Phi Phi dining and shopping.
Now Alishan is "back" at Nai Harn. Here to R&R , clean the boat and refill the water tanks. Still no rain since that 1 shower 1 month ago..
An extension for our Thai Visa is in the passports as we took the decision NOT to sail to the Andaman Islands.
So from here we will back-track North, maybe the Surin Islands again: Great Snorkeling and Birding.
Salute for now.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

On our way to Krabi

Alishan is making "waves" while moving to Krabi area.
ZERO wind at the moment, seas like a mirror.
8 degree 02.5 N
98 degree 44.81E
Doing 4.9 knots thanx to Yanmar Power.
3 wonderful days/nights were spent at Phang Nga Bay, nice places indeed. For Tom a first, for us a repeat.
After Krabi we hope to sail to Phi Phi and do some more snorkeling.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Sunday February 8th

Yesterday Sailor Tom became Diver Tom.
Phuket is loaded with dive companies (and dive sites of course) and the deal they offer is too good not to take up a PADI dive course.
After 1 day in the classroom and the swimming pool off he went on board one of the dive boats to do his first open water dives. Nice to listen to his stories..reminds us of our own first dives somehow. However we did our training in freeeezing Holland!
Meanwhile Alishan was relocated to Ao Chalong (east coast) due to an un-comfy swell at the west coast of Phuket.

From here the plan is to sail into the Phang Nga Bay (NE of here) and explore the beautiful islands there.


Wednesday, February 4, 2009

pictures Surin and Patong (of course)

Nice place those Surin Islands

Lunch stop.

Tom with .....

A toast at the THE bar in Patong