Lesser-Known Asian Destinations You’ll Visit With Star Clippers

30th August 2019

As you may well know, the smaller size of our ships and the adventurous nature of a Star Clippers cruise means that the itineraries often feature lesser-known ports that other cruise lines don’t visit. Avoiding the crowds and discovering true hidden gems is all part of the experience you can look forward to when you climb aboard one of our tall ships.

A few months ago we told you of some of the lesser-known Caribbean destinations you can explore, so here are some you’ll find on our South-East Asia cruises.

Ko Kradan, Thailand

Ko Kradan

Get off the ship in Ko Kradan and you will feel like you’ve been transported to paradise. The island is known throughout Thailand for its magnificent beaches and idyllic sunsets, meaning relaxation is high up on the list of things to do. There are no roads here, so jungle trails lead you across the island, creating some fantastic, secluded spots if you really want to get off the beaten track.

As well as excellent snorkelling and diving around the offshore coral reef, you can take advantage of the water sports offered from the ship to explore the emerald waters and lush green landscapes of the Hat Chao Mai National Park.

Pulau Tiga, Malaysia

Pulau Tiga

As the ship glides into Kimanis Bay, Malaysia, you’ll be greeted by a host of uninhabited islands, one of which is tiny Pulau Tiga. Having only emerged from the seas at the end of the 19th century, following a volcanic eruption, it’s a relatively new landmass for tourists to enjoy. Interestingly, the volcanic nature of the island means there are rare mud baths at its centre, where visitors can enjoy a natural, detoxing body scrub.

The secret of this beautiful hideaway was let out of the bag in 2000 when it was chosen as the setting for the first series of American reality show ‘Survivor’. However, the natural environment is still largely untouched and it’s a great snorkelling destination.

Satonda Island, Indonesia

Satonda Island

Uninhabited Satonda Island has equally volcanic origins as Pulau Tiga. A fierce eruption millions of years ago forced the land to the surface and means that it’s essentially the tip of a volcano. This is typified by the salt-water-filled crater lake that lies at the island’s centre – a spiritual place that is said to grant wishes. Visitors tie rocks and bits of coral to the trees along the lake’s perimeter and make their wish. If it comes true, tradition dictates that you should return to pay your respects and say thank you.

The chances are that you’ll be all too willing to make a repeat visit to this paradisiacal place. Any excuse to lie on its pristine beaches again and explore more of the crystal clear waters with your mask and snorkel on.


If you would like to learn more about the remote destinations that Star Clippers can take you to, or you would like to book one of our South-East Asia cruises, call the team on 0845 200 6145. You can also speak to someone directly through our online chat.

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