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Setting sail from Singapore
Singapore is one of the world's richest cities, with a standard of living to match, and in recent years it has moved on from its image as a sterile, overly officious nanny state to become one of the most dynamic and exciting cities in the region. Singapore's heritage as an important trading post means that there is a real cultural mix, with four official languages: English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil. Step away from the gleaming towers and you'll find yourself transported into another world amongst the intoxicating streets of Chinatown and Little India.
There’s some serious green space in Singapore and it always feels as if the jungle is just waiting for us to turn our backs for a moment to take over. Seek out the parks and the gardens.
The laid-back riverside city of Kuching is the state capital of Sarawak, and the gateway to some of Borneo’s most impressive natural sights. The lanes of old Kuching are a joy to explore, while nearby attractions include caves, mangrove swamps and the proboscis monkeys of Bako National Park.
The port of Bintulu, on the north coast of Malaysian Borneo, is the gateway to Similajau National Park. The forests and mangroves of this compact park are home to wildlife including gibbons, long-tailed macaques and wild boar, and several of the beautiful beaches are used as nesting sites by green turtles.
Malaysia: Miri (Sarawak)
Brunei: Bandar Seri Begawan (Muara)
Muara is the main port of Brunei Darussalam, a tiny Islamic sultanate on the northern coast of Borneo. The sultan’s wealth is legendary, as is his sprawling 300-acre palace, although the capital city, Bandar Seri Begawan, is a surprisingly understated and likeable place, with an intriguing mix of Malay, Chinese and indigenous cultures.
Thailand: Hin Daeng
Arriving in Kota Kinabalu
Kota Kinabalu is the gateway to the Malaysian state of Sabah, on the northern coast of Borneo, and boasts some excellent hotels and a scattering of interesting sights, including the elegant 'Floating Mosque'. The town also makes for an excellent base, whether you're planning on scaling the commanding heights of Mount Kinabalu (South East Asia's tallest mountain), exploring the islands and turquoise waters of Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, or embarking on a trip into the jungle to encounter Borneo's fantastic wildlife, including orangutans, pygmy elephants and proboscis monkeys.
Because of the multiple cultural influences, the food here is fantastic – take the opportunity to try all sorts of different things.
Your home from home
True clipper ships, these beautiful four-masted vessels reflect a proud seafaring heritage in their elegant sails, warm woods and polished brass.
What we love
Sister ships Star Clipper and Star Flyer certainly stand out from the crowd. In full sail they are an awe-inspiring sight, reminiscent of a bygone age, yet combining this tradition with the comfort of a modern cruise line, ideal for those who wish to experience a tall ship cruise. Climb the mast or relax by the small pool; you can be as involved as you wish on these easy-going and friendly ships.
|Style||Friendly, welcoming staff help make this an informal and relaxed style of cruise.|
Tailor-make your trip
Our favourite hotel in Singapore
So many wonderful hotels. We like a lot of them, but our choice is the Fullerton.
Leave Singapore in style
If you’ve got time and the dates work, take the Eastern and Oriental Express train to Bangkok.
Where to stay in Kota Kinabalu
In the city, we like the Shangri-La, but for a longer stay, we can recommend some excellent island eco resorts.
Private tours in Borneo
Obviously the top tour is to see the extraordinary wildlife, in particular the orang utans.