Sail to the Malaysian islands with Star Clippers
8th December 2016
On the 2nd December 2016, Star Clippers embarked on the first of many new adventures in previously untouched waters. Sailing out of the Thai island of Phuket, the impressive Star Clipper tall ship will visit a range of stunning Far East Asia island destinations which are inaccessible to most modern cruise ships of the 21st century.
As well as a range of Thai islands, guests on board will also be able to experience the unique culture and heritage of a selection of Malaysian islands. Made up of 878 islands, the archipelago of Malaysia shares borders with Thailand to the north and Singapore to the south and also borders Brunei and Indonesia on the island of Borneo. While boasting a world-class and high-tech infrastructure, much of the indigenous culture of Malaysia has been maintained to this day and a visit can be highly rewarding. This week, we take a closer look at the three Malaysian destinations you can expect to be able to visit with Star Clippers.
Penang – Southern Itineraries
The island of Penang is referred to as “The Pearl of the Orient” and is situated off the north-west coast of mainland Malaysia. Its capital, Georgetown, is the second largest city in Malaysia and received UNESCO World Heritage status in 2008. As the name suggests, this city maintains much of its British colonial past, with many noticeable buildings of significance including churches, squares and fortifications. Elsewhere on the island of Penang, you will find many beautiful beaches and many culinary opportunities, which will give you a chance to sample fantastic Malaysian cuisine.
Malacca – Sailings to Singapore
Along with Georgetown, Malacca was also granted UNESCO World Heritage Status for its colonial roots. Situated towards the southern regions of the Malaysian mainland, the city of Malacca was the centre of the spice trade and it was ruled by the Portuguese, Dutch, and British at various points throughout history. This has led to an elegant mixture of brightly-coloured architectural structures in the form of palaces, temples, churches and much more.
Langkawi – Northern Itineraries
Situated in the Andaman Sea, 30km off the mainland coast of north-west Malaysia is the island of Langkawi. Also known as the ‘Jewel of Kedah’, this island is home to an array of beautiful beaches – each boasting golden sands and clear tropical waters. The surrounding waters not only present plenty of opportunities to relax, but also a number of swimming and diving opportunities. Elsewhere on the island, you can discover a wealth of natural features including forests and waterfalls. What’s more – the island also offers duty-free shopping, making it perfect for a spot of retail therapy.
Depending on which itinerary you choose to embark on will depend on which angle of Malaysia you see. However, this diverse and cultural nation does offer a number of fine beaches on almost every coastline – each of which provides the perfect location in which to relax and unwind. Star Clippers will be operating Asia itineraries throughout the winter until April 2017 before resuming in October 2017.