Relax on some of the most pristine beaches on earth
16th February 2017
March brings about a time of transition for the Star Clippers fleet, with vessels currently operating Caribbean and Cuba itineraries being transferred to the Mediterranean for the spring and summer seasons. In Far East Asia, however, Star Clippers has been testing the waters with a new series of itineraries since the end of 2016. These Thailand and Singapore sailings have proven very popular and are set to continue through to the end of April before commencing once again in October this year.
Each seven-night Far East Asia itinerary will take passengers on a journey of the islands of Thailand, with selected sailings also incorporating destinations in Malaysia and Singapore. Not much is known within the western world about these islands and many of them are rarely visited by tourists. With this in mind, we take a closer look at three of the most pristine beach destinations you will be able to visit on board selected Far East Asia sailings with Star Clippers.
Phang Nga Bay
Situated between the renowned city of Phuket and the regions of Phang Nga and Krabi, the glistening bay of Phang Nga intrigues visitors with its fascinating natural limestone formations. The tall and thin limestone tower of Ko Tapu is often considered symbolic of Phang Nga Bay and was formed as a result of tectonic fragmentation and natural erosion. It stands in front of James Bond Island, known as such because it was used as the location for Scaramanga’s hideaway in the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun.
Ko Similan Island
The Similan Islands are situated off the western coast of Thailand’s Phang Nga region and are some of the nation’s most westerly-located islands. Ko Similan is the largest of the islands and is renowned for the underwater scenery that is held in the surrounding waters, making it a great for diving and snorkelling. The marine life in the waters that surround this island is unparalleled anywhere else in Thailand, while a stroll along the beach may guide you to a range of wildlife that includes Nicobar pigeons, mangrove monitor lizards, flying fox and much more.
Ko Miang Island
Ko Miang is one of the smaller islands of the Similan island group and is also one of the most southerly located. The contrasting scenery of the limestone cliffs and sandy beaches makes for an intriguing yet beautiful setting, creating the perfect environment in which to soak up the sun. Much like Ko Similan, the island is also ideal for snorkelling and wildlife spotting, with Bird Rock renowned for being home to leopard sharks and a number of large turtles. Visitors may also get a chance to see hairy-legged mountain crabs roaming the island.
The four-masted barquentine that is the Star Clipper offers a fabulous way in which to visit to the islands of Thailand and Malaysia – transporting passengers back to a bygone era of travel. Built in 1992, she was the first vessel of her kind to be built in nearly 80 years and provides a distinctive contrast to the modern cruise ships of the 21st century.