STAR CLIPPER Thai Islands Cruise - Luxury Sailing - trip report
The Star Clipper. The Star Clipper is a beautiful four masted sailing ship holding a maximum of 140 passengers. This is a report on a cruise on The Star Clipper of the islands off the coast of Thailand in February 2017.
Phuket Thailand. We arrived in Phuket, near Patong where the ship was to depart the next day.
On Board the Star Clipper. We boarded the the ship and explored its cozy on-deck lounge areas.
Koh Similan. The next day we visited Koh Similan, a Thai National Park. We did a group “snorkeling safari” in these crystal clear waters, then swam and snorkeled on amazing beaches that featured clear water, a soft white sand bottom and bath-warm water.
The Star Clipper. This is an intimate ship, with a crew that quickly gets to know you (and you them), making the cruise feel very personal and welcoming.
Langkawi. The ship docked at Langkawi, a Malaysian island, and we hired a driver for a tour of the island. We then went on a boat cruise on an estuary. We saw eagles swooping and diving, then visited a bat cave. We passed mangrove thickets, jagged mountains, and weird rock formations.
Four Seasons, Langkawi. After our estuary cruise, we had our driver take us to the Four Seasons Langkawi, where had lunch and relaxed on the beach. Heavenly.
Koh Rok Nok. At the next island, Koh Rok Nok, after some snorkeling and kayaking, Sarah tried her hand at wind surfing.
Onboard. Back on the ship that night, Sarah (and other women passengers) helped hoist this sail.
James Bond Island. The next day we went on a boat tour to the “James Bond” island that appears in “The Man with the Golden Gun”. And we passed by the strange jagged jutting mountain isles.
Koh Panyee. We had lunch on a floating village on Koh Panyee created by nomadic Malaysian Muslims 240 years ago. Here are their highly decorated long boats.
Goodbye Star Clipper!