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THE HOLIDAY THAT WASN’T, PART XI
THE HOLIDAY THAT WASN’T, PART XI
THE HOLIDAY THAT WASN’T, PART XI
THE HOLIDAY THAT WASN’T, PART XI
THE HOLIDAY THAT WASN’T, PART XI

THE HOLIDAY THAT WASN’T, PART XI

  10 MAY, 07.00 HOURS I am at the pool as soon as it opens to do laps (albeit shortish) and spend time in the jacuzzi pool – need to work off the splendid eating experience of last night – going from stall to stall tasting everything, washed down by large glasses of the local (warm) beer.   10.00 HOURS: After one of those amazing breakfasts that only…

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THE HOLIDAY THAT WASN’T, PART X
THE HOLIDAY THAT WASN’T, PART X
THE HOLIDAY THAT WASN’T, PART X
THE HOLIDAY THAT WASN’T, PART X
THE HOLIDAY THAT WASN’T, PART X
THE HOLIDAY THAT WASN’T, PART X

THE HOLIDAY THAT WASN’T, PART X

  9 MAY, 09.00 HOURS Before sunset yesterday crew members climbed out onto the bowsprit in a traditional clipper farewell as the tenders took us out around the ship for photo opportunities of the four-master ship under full sail. Nimble-footed guests were allowed to climb out onto the netting – more photos! The last climbs up the mast to the crow’s nest took place; last names and addresses exchanged…

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THE HOLIDAY THAT WASN'T, PART IX
THE HOLIDAY THAT WASN'T, PART IX
THE HOLIDAY THAT WASN'T, PART IX
THE HOLIDAY THAT WASN'T, PART IX
THE HOLIDAY THAT WASN'T, PART IX

THE HOLIDAY THAT WASN'T, PART IX

 THE HOLIDAY THAT WASN’T, PART IX 8 MAY, 10.00 HOURS Last day of the cruise and another beautiful tropical island – Pulau Tioman, in Malaysia. These islands look very much the same – some rockier, some with lagoons and whiter beaches – and the days gently roll by. How very different to our Clipper cruises in the Mediterranean where each day brings towns and villages of modern-day tourism and…

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THE HOLIDAY THAT WASN’T, PART VIII
THE HOLIDAY THAT WASN’T, PART VIII
THE HOLIDAY THAT WASN’T, PART VIII

THE HOLIDAY THAT WASN’T, PART VIII

  7 MAY, 08.00 HOURS Once again we wake up to a panorama of a tropical island (Pulau Tenggol) clad in lush green, rimmed by white sand and turquoise sea (or at least that is how I imagine it!). I spend fifteen minutes on deck savouring the warm air and gentle swell rocking the Star Clipper. There is a small town so we will go ashore for a…

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THE HOLIDAY THAT WASN’T, PART VII
THE HOLIDAY THAT WASN’T, PART VII
THE HOLIDAY THAT WASN’T, PART VII
THE HOLIDAY THAT WASN’T, PART VII

THE HOLIDAY THAT WASN’T, PART VII

  6 MAY, 08.00 HOURS Up on deck before breakfast to imagine the ship arriving at Pulau Redang Island (distance from Ko Mae Ko: 539.4 km; Duration: 20hour 40 minutes – probably longer in the Star Clipper). Redang Island is an island in Kuala Nerus District, Terengganu, Malaysia. It is one of the largest islands off the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. It is famous for its crystal-clear waters…

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THE HOLIDAY THAT WASN’T, PART VI
THE HOLIDAY THAT WASN’T, PART VI
THE HOLIDAY THAT WASN’T, PART VI

THE HOLIDAY THAT WASN’T, PART VI

5 MAY, 16.00 HOURS No stopovers today so a leisurely day on board. At first I think it will be difficult to fill the day but a book, some cryptic crosswords, chats with various combinations of agreeable passengers (it is always fascinating to hear of lives in other parts of the world) and a late-afternoon art class – and the day flows by as the ship glides across the…

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THE HOLIDAY THAT WASN’T, PART V
THE HOLIDAY THAT WASN’T, PART V
THE HOLIDAY THAT WASN’T, PART V
THE HOLIDAY THAT WASN’T, PART V
THE HOLIDAY THAT WASN’T, PART V

THE HOLIDAY THAT WASN’T, PART V

  4 MAY, 10.00 HOURS A quiet afternoon yesterday, snoozing and reading in a deck chair after an energetic morning exploring the waters of the island. Last night was the Captain’s Drinks for all the returning Clipper passengers. Of the approximately 160 passengers on board, at least half (including us!) had experienced at least one other Clipper cruise. Everybody comes back. (NB: 2020 will be a terrible year…

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THE HOLIDAY THAT WASN’T, PART IV
THE HOLIDAY THAT WASN’T, PART IV
THE HOLIDAY THAT WASN’T, PART IV
THE HOLIDAY THAT WASN’T, PART IV

THE HOLIDAY THAT WASN’T, PART IV

  3 MAY: 10.00 HOURS Met some interesting people last night at dinner and at a night-cap at the Tropical Bar afterwards. Reminisced about my week in Japan this time last year. I went by myself as Jack wanted to stay close to Zali’s campaign. I travelled well by myself, helped by food I like and a culture I admire. The Star Clipper sailed overnight and, looking out the…

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THE HOLIDAY THAT WASN’T, PART III
THE HOLIDAY THAT WASN’T, PART III
THE HOLIDAY THAT WASN’T, PART III
THE HOLIDAY THAT WASN’T, PART III

THE HOLIDAY THAT WASN’T, PART III

  1 MAY, 14.00 HOURS After a copious buffet lunch at the resort we decided to explore the main shopping area on foot: fascinating street stalls, temples of all shapes, sizes and colours and a sense that we really were in Asia – far from home. I learn that: Ko Samui is home to about 40,000 full-time inhabitants, 90% of whom are Buddhist. It's the second largest island in Thailand…

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THE HOLIDAY THAT WASN’T, Part II
THE HOLIDAY THAT WASN’T, Part II
THE HOLIDAY THAT WASN’T, Part II
THE HOLIDAY THAT WASN’T, Part II

THE HOLIDAY THAT WASN’T, Part II

1 MAY, 11 hours Arrived in Singapore after an uneventful flight and checked into Transit Hotel, Terminal 2, Changi Airport for a few hours’ sleep (good to put the feet up). Up at 6.00 to catch SQ 5062 (Silk Air Ml 0772) to Koh Samui. No check in luggage so a smooth process.  At Koh Samui airport, caught a taxi to Nora Beach Resort and Spa. Looks terrific – I am going to enjoy my day here!

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