These intrepid explorers all have one thing in common – they all have a story to tell.
During 2012, Soneva has invited some of the most pioneering explorers to visit its resorts to share their stories with guests over dinner, to discuss the effects of climate change as seen at first hand on their travels and to lead guest adventures in and around the outstanding natural beauty of the surrounding area – on land and on sea.
The stories will be epic, the talks, dinners and excursions intimate and personal, exclusively for Soneva guests.
The line up itself is almost legendary, being led by the man on the moon himself, Buzz Aldrin.
Buzz, who over forty years ago was the first to travel through space and spend 21 hours on the moon, will meet with his contemporary Sir Robin Knox Johnston, the first man to sail solo around the world.
Both men crossed their frontiers in 1969, applauded and revered each other’s achievement. They will meet for what promises to be an historic dinner, held under the stars and beside the sea, at Soneva Kiri on April 8.
The calendar of adventures began in January when TV presenter and explorer, Ben Fogle visited Soneva Kiri in Thailand. He led guests on a diving excursion to discover the waters around Koh Kood, to view marine life and ancient caves and then hosted a very British Tea Party back at the resort to tell tales of his travels.
Charley Boorman, charismatic TV adventurer, travel writer, actor and UNICEF ambassador, will visit Soneva Kiri in Thailand on March 28. With his first trip in 2004, being a round the world motor cycle journey with Ewan McGregor, seen by the world in ‘Long Way Round’.
Charley’s subject of choice will be ‘How to get around the world without using airplanes (much)’, recounting tales of his travels from England to Cape Town and then Ireland to Sydney using a huge variety of different transportation.
Charley will dine with guests and show his documentary at Cinema Paradiso before sharing his stories.
He will also take guests on an exploration by kayak around the coastline of the remote island of Koh Kood, amongst the deep, green mangrove forests.
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