Connect with us


After Phuket, Capt Tan makes record-breaking landing in Malaysia

Legacy Phuket Gazette



PHUKET: Captain James Anthony Tan of Malaysia has completed the world’s youngest solo flight circumnavigation after departing Phuket at 11am today to land safely in Kuala Lumpur at 4:51pm local time.

Capt Tan arrived in Phuket yesterday and attended a party in his honor at the Dewa Phuket Beach Resort in Nai Yang last night, hosted by Tourism Malaysia, which sponsored his epic journey under the banner “Malaysia Around the World”.

At 21 years old, Capt Tan has become the youngest person to fly solo around the world, completing a journey of more than 22,000 nautical miles in 50 days.

The previous record holder, Carlo Schmid of Switzerland, was 22 when he completed his solo circumnavigation last year.

Capt Tan’s historical flight – in a single-engine Cessna 210 Eagle – took him to 20 countries, including Russia, the United States, Canada, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Italy, France and the United Kingdom.

After taking off from Subang Airport in Kuala Lumpur on March 26, the young Malaysian travelled to all six continents around the globe. His first stop was Bangkok, before he flew on to Vietnam, Taiwan, Japan, Russia, Canada, the USA, Europe, the Middle East, India and back to Phuket, making Thailand the only country he visited twice.

“I started learning to fly when I was 18,” Capt Tan told the Phuket Gazette during his stopover last night.

“My motto is: If you can’t fly, you drive. If you can’t drive, you run. If you can’t run you walk. And if you can’t walk, you crawl,” he said.

He also shared the most challenging moment during his record flight, when he was grounded by ice.

“It was minus 20 degrees celsius. My aircraft was frozen. So I pulled myself together and tried everything I could think of and I finally got the engine started,” he said.

“It was luck. Luck is very important,” he laughed.

Asked which country he was determined to revisit, Capt Tan said: “Of course, Thailand.”

— Saran Mitrarat


Want more from the Thaiger family?

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS for instant updates on your mobile
📝️ Join the conversation on Thaiger Talk - discuss news & life in our Thailand forums
📧 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🔔 Subscribe to or Join our YouTube channel for daily video updates


Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Read more headlines, reports & breaking news in Phuket. Or catch up on your Thailand news.

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand30 mins ago

Tourism officials eye August reopening under “Pattaya Move On” travel scheme

Thailand1 hour ago

Thailand News Today | Covid vaccine for foreigners, PM “not going anywhere”, Boss update | June 15

Best of1 hour ago

Top 8 Affordable Hotels to stay in Bangkok

Phuket Sandbox July 1st


Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in July - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages in June!

Sponsored by image

Thailand2 hours ago

Central Bankruptcy Court approves Thai Airways debt restructuring plan

Best of2 hours ago

Top 5 secret islands and beaches in Thailand

Best of2 hours ago

5 best national parks in Phuket

Thailand2 hours ago

Australian man arrested for alleged child sex abuse in Thai border town

Best of2 hours ago

10 best fruits and vegetables in Thailand

Thailand2 hours ago

3 dead in 3 truck crash in Surat Thani

Thailand3 hours ago

Bangkok Post and Fazwaz join together to galvanise property listings platform

Bangkok4 hours ago

CCSA has yet to begin talks on lifting alcohol ban at Bangkok restaurants

Coronavirus (Covid-19)4 hours ago

Yala enters lockdown today

Thailand4 hours ago

Thai police say they’ve gathered “strong evidence” on transnational drug trade

Phuket4 hours ago

Indonesian fisherman rescued after 9 days adrift at sea

Thailand5 hours ago

More than 100 cats rescued from owner

Thailand3 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism3 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism4 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism4 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8