Levesque Thai and Burmese escapades summer 2017

Vessel Name: Saint Emilion
Vessel Make/Model: Sun Odyssey 409
Hailing Port: Phuket
Crew: Nick, Joanna, Elodie, Zacharie, Audrey
About: Ze Levesque clan is going Thai-tastic! After 6 years of flotilla training in the Med, we are launching into real exotic bareboat charter just to remind us what it is all about.
Extra: Dear Friends and extended Family, this blog is for you to share our adventures, hopefully inspire you and make you laugh.... or just reassure you mum!
16 August 2017 | Koh PhiPhi Don and Phang Nga bay
16 August 2017 | Koh PhiPhi Don and Phang Nga bay
13 August 2017 | Ko Ngai
08 August 2017 | Langkawi relatable marina
04 August 2017 | Currently in Koh Lanta
31 July 2017 | Ao Nang near Krabi
29 July 2017 | Ko Yao island in the middle of Phang Nag bay
15 July 2017 | Home: UK - London - Wimbledon
Recent Blog Posts
16 August 2017 | Koh PhiPhi Don and Phang Nga bay

Elusive Leo and beach extravaganza

15.8.2017

16 August 2017 | Koh PhiPhi Don and Phang Nga bay

Elusive Leo and beach extravaganza

15.8.2017

13 August 2017 | Ko Ngai

Part of the picture and back to Thailand

10.8.17

08 August 2017 | Langkawi relatable marina

Sailing to another country in Asia

8.8.17 Snorkelling Extrordinaire !!!

04 August 2017 | Currently in Koh Lanta

Stormy beach

3.8.17 THE beach !!!

31 July 2017 | Ao Nang near Krabi

Last couple of days

Sailing blog

Elusive Leo and beach extravaganza

16 August 2017 | Koh PhiPhi Don and Phang Nga bay
Zach.... With help
15.8.2017
Tough night on anchor management for dad. In the morning we tried to go to ko phi phi. We tried to go to the really really nice beach boot mum said there are very big waves - managed to get the boat into the bay but lost the boat hook picking up a buoy. Further round started to make an attempt to take the dinghy to the rope ladder (yes really) that most tourists use but really not calm enough so had to abandon it. "The beach " remains elusive....

Easier night however and really coming back to Phuket now. Back in one of the resorts we ate at the first time enjoying a really good a la carte meal particularly tasty as food running a bit low now on the boat.

16/08/17
Beach extravaganza day
After a short sail we reached a string of spectacular islands in the Phang Nga bay. We tried to discover one of them with an interesting cove only to find it was already full of motor boat with tourist so moved on to the next one with much fewer visitors and with excellent snorkelling and amazing rock formation. This particular grouping of island was made of three islands almost linked by beaches so the children had a filled day trying them all!!

Elusive Leo and beach extravaganza

16 August 2017 | Koh PhiPhi Don and Phang Nga bay
Zach.... With help
15.8.2017
Tough night on anchor management for dad. In the morning we tried to go to ko phi phi. We tried to go to the really really nice beach boot mum said there are very big waves - managed to get the boat into the bay but lost the boat hook picking up a buoy. Further round started to make an attempt to take the dinghy to the rope ladder (yes really) that most tourists use but really not calm enough so had to abandon it. "The beach " remains elusive....

Easier night however and really coming back to Phuket now. Back in one of the resorts we ate at the first time enjoying a really good a la carte meal particularly tasty as food running a bit low now on the boat.

16/08/17
Beach extravaganza day
After a short sail we reached a string of spectacular islands in the Phang Nga bay. We tried to discover one of them with an interesting cove only to find it was already full of motor boat with tourist so moved on to the next one with much fewer visitors and with excellent snorkelling and amazing rock formation. This particular grouping of island was made of three islands almost linked by beaches so the children had a filled day trying them all!!

Part of the picture and back to Thailand

13 August 2017 | Ko Ngai
Elodie and Jo
10.8.17

Today monsoon blast all morning so to not waste time we went an incredible 3D art museum.The paintings were life size, in all the pictures no person was painted. The places where people were meant to be were empty, so you go and pose while someone took a photo of you. Then when other people look at the photo it looks like you are fighting a dragon or flying with white wings. When we came out of the museum it had stopped raining so went on the sky cab a kind of bubble lift like when skiing but this time above the juggle. The sky cab went up to the highest mountain in Malaysia ! Also on the way we were supposed to see 7 waterfalls rather disappointingly we only saw 2, still the view was amazing we almost saw the other end of the island !!

11.8.17-13/8/17
Leaving Langkawi we went to The 'Hole in the wall' - a local name for a creek leading from the sea to an anchorage which turned out rather bizarrely to be almost a boat graveyard - whole host of boats moored to weather the monsoon...

Having eaten at the fish farm restaurant ( enforced penury of selection as running out of Malaysian ringgit) we were picked up at our boat the next day to visit the bat cave and other local sites.. Bat cave quite spectacular but for me the 12 golden eagles diving for food was the highlight - not something you see every day!

Since then we have returned to Thailand - passing by Tarantao the night before last and then last night back to craggy Phedra island. This is really the rock of nightmares however it was a safe anchorage through a horrible storm last night which saw a cat with a shredded genoa come and seek safe harbour with us as well as various local boats.

Now on ko ngai - monsoon seems set in so good mornings and rainy afternoons. Back to ko phi phi tomorrow.

Sailing to another country in Asia

08 August 2017 | Langkawi relatable marina
Stormy monsoon
8.8.17 Snorkelling Extrordinaire !!!
Writing tonight from langkawi ( Malaysia) having crossed the border ( rather an anti climax ) today. Wind has disappeared so motoring which is a bit disappointing however life not without adventures. Left in charge of the dinghy and beach activities while nick kayaked I accidentally surfed some rather large rollers onto a beach. BIG dinghy lesson as then couldn't get off until we all pushed the Dinghy out together. At one point only zacs hand visible as he was submerged in a huge (for him) wave. All rather interesting...

In other news snorkelling has been fantastic - everyone has been enjoying the swimming and reef fish and we have seen Nemo ...

We can't upload every day as not always wifi available - sorry!

Stormy beach

04 August 2017 | Currently in Koh Lanta
Elodie Levesque
3.8.17 THE beach !!!

First a big thank you to all of you who have comented on our previous blogs .A big event that happened only yesterday included a THE famous beach.We went to a Hong ( a hidden lagoon) even though it was buzzing with tourists.Then we tried kayaked to the beach Daddy made it single handedly but mummy and me got pushed back to the boat.When daddy came back he said it was as hard for him Zac and Audrey to reach the beach as Leo !!!!!!!

4.8.17 Riding the storm !!!

Today we were on the roller coaster sea . Mummy got the top speed 8.2 kns with the largest swell up to 3 metres!Zac slept for four hours while the rest of us had to cope with the bumpy ride! We sailed so fast that instead of a 5 hour sail it was a 3 hour sail daddy was tired but said it was the best sail so far !!!! We are sorry we can't upload pictures but we shall over load you with them as soon as we get back !

Last couple of days

31 July 2017 | Ao Nang near Krabi
Elodie Levesque with thundering monsoon outside
Sailing blog

17/07/17 Exotic Thai !!!!

First 6 days !!! We have had an awesomely hot, swimming-filled few days. We have walked through bat filled caves to reach hidden hideouts that are filled at high tide. We have sailed through monsoon rain even though it is 30 degrees. We have kayaked to 'Hongs' in the middle of islands. We have traded with fishermen for fresh shrimps for dinner. The mosquito biting has been so bad we have been forced to wear anti-bite bracelets (even the boys). Only 6 days so much done, so much to do.


30/7/17 Riding the Elephants !!!

Today daddy gave us the best surprise ever!!! Elephant riding !!! Best of all we went bareback ! We rode a mummy (30) and a baby (15).Daddy ,Audrey and I rode the mummy elephant .I had the prime spot just above the elephant ´s head.Zac and mummy rode on the baby.Their skin was rough and wrinkly,with some spiky hair.The elephant's liked the top of their ears being stroked because that is where most of the blood goes to cool of.
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