Loving Langkawi: Part 2

Zionel the mechanic returns and fits our reconditioned gear box and new damping plate. After a few hours of boat maintenance we take the rest of the afternoon off and go for a drive and take in the rest of the sights of Langkawi.

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Loving Langkawi: Part 1

While we waited for spares to be shipped from various parts of the globe, Jamie and I took time away from boat maintenance to enjoy Malaysia’s most popular tourist destination…

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Top 10 things to do in Georgetown, Penang

Inside a traditional Chinese building

Many cruisers visit Penang in order to go through the bureaucracy of acquiring a Thai visa. But Georgetown, with its UNESCO-listed heritage, art scene and world renowned street food is so much more than a visa stop-over. Here’s our guide to what to do and see in the island’s capital, and some suggestions of where to stay and eat.

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Chemicals and culture: 48 hours in Georgetown, Penang

A Chinese Malay in Little India, Georgetown, Penang

The island of Penang lies south of Langkawi on the north-west coast of mainland Malaysia. Before Kuala Lumpur developed into the international capital it is today, Penang was the economic and cultural hub of Malaysia. But it wasn’t always so.

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FTB People: Nazar 72

Nazer 72 in his auto-rickshaw

“I Nazar seven two. Maybe you want diesel? Maybe wash boat?” With a sideways, rolling nod, he proffered a flimsy business card. Maybe, I thought, taking it from him. His anxious expression relaxed, and a brief smile smoothed his shiny face.

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Penang’s Chemical Brother

On Georgetown’s most famous road, Chulia Street, resides this UNESCO World Heritage Site’s most famous resident. Down one of the covered walkways that are characteristic of Penang’s old town, nestled between a workshop refurbishing engine parts and a nick-nac store selling over-priced antiques, sits Liangtraco – ‘Chemicals and Apparatus’.

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