Dropping anchor in gin-clear waters alongside tropical palm-fringed beaches and secret coves describes what many travellers would sum up as the ultimate escape.

We have teamed up with Star Clippers, with its fleet of tall sailing ships, to offer you the chance to win a seven-night cruise to idyllic spots like these across Thailand and Malaysia. 

For a chance to win a Star Clippers Thailand cruise, you must enter online (below) by 11.59pm on 13 December 2019.

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The round-trip cruise from Phuket in Thailand presents some of the most dramatic coastal scenery in the world, as vast limestone crags rise out of the deep-blue ocean fringed by emerald greenery. Continuing to remote shores across the island-chains of Butang, Ko Rok Nok, Ko Hong and Ko Similan, as well as Penang, the Malaysian island known as ‘The Pearl of the Orient’, the voyage also passes mighty volcanoes, quiet white sand beaches that call you ashore, culturally rich villages and an array of exotic wildlife. 

While sailing in this glorious part of the world with Star Clippers, guests can unwind on the scrubbed teak deck beneath billowing sails, sprawl out in the bowsprit net as the bow slices through the waves and climb the rigging for a fantastic bird’s eye view of the sundeck, pools and beyond. 

There is nothing quite like the glorious thrill of travelling under sail and it can be experienced on board a Star Clipper ship in the company of just 170 or so other like-minded guests in a convivial and relaxed atmosphere. 

Indeed, Star Clippers’ fleet of historically styled, authentic sailing ships are among the world’s most magnificent vessels and turn heads wherever they sail. Replicating the trading clippers of the 19th century, they are adorned with polished brass portholes and gleaming wood surroundings, creating a comfortable, modern and unforgettable way to experience age old sailing traditions.

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A highlight for many is the chance to join officers and uniformed crew on deck as the ship cuts through the pristine water and anchors in secluded bays inaccessible to larger vessels. And guests can even experience what it’s like to be part of the conscientious crew by helping haul the ropes and taking the ship’s wheel. 

Not only does an island-hopping adventure around Southeast Asia on board Star Clipper offer ample opportunities for relaxation, but it also provides the chance to get active by discovering life beneath the waves. Complimentary flippers and snorkels are provided by the ship’s sports crew, so guests can explore the diverse marine life. It’s also possible to take a kayak or sailboard out on the ocean, or try water aerobics in the pool.

The seven-night sailing departs from Phuket on a choice of dates next year (7, 14 or 21 March 2020) and includes accommodation in a sumptuous wood-clad cabin for two, delicious meals (served at breakfast, lunch and dinner), tea, coffee and water stations, water sports, a fun choice of daytime activities and after-dinner entertainment.

For a chance to win a Star Clippers Thailand cruise, enter the competition by answering this question by 11.59pm on 13 December 2019. Terms and conditions can be viewed below.

Terms & Conditions: The prize offered is a seven-night sailing for two guests on board Star Clipper on an itinerary departing on 7, 14 or 21 March 2020. It includes all meals on board but excludes flights and transfers. The 14 March sailing does not include a stop in Penang. The prize must be booked up to 45 days prior to departure, subject to availability. No cash alternative will be given, the winner must be 18 years old or older and the prize is not transferable. The competition closes at 11.59pm on Friday 13 December 2019. It is strongly recommended that travellers take out appropriate travel insurance. Star Clippers cannot be responsible for the unforeseen cancellation of the holiday due to circumstances beyond their control. The competition is open to residents of the UK and Northern Ireland aged 18 and over. Star Clippers reserves the right to substitute an alternative cruise of a similar value due to any unforeseen circumstances. In addition to these terms and conditions, the Chelsea Magazine terms and conditions apply. These can be viewed at chelseamagazines.com/terms-and-conditions