The World of Christopher Biggins - including Vietnam and Cambodia with Riviera Travel

Jennie Carr finds out more

Christopher BigginsI strongly suspect this man should be a national treasure - funny and warm, more than a tad larger than life and bursting with bonhomie, Britain’s favourite pantomime dame and winner of I’m a Celebrity - Get Me Out of Here 2007. He’s also chairman of Stage for Age, a group of show business personalities who support Age UK. That gets him an extra tick in my book.

Christopher is a passionate traveller, he tells me it’s a trait of Sagittarians, his star sign. We rattled through his childhood: mother, father and young Chris headed for the south coast, Bournemouth and Mudeford, for traditional beach holidays. Then came the trip to Butlins at Bognor Regis, needless to say he loved it, popped on Mum’s swimming costume and heels as ‘Miss Bognor’, winning first prize in the fancy dress competition. An early hint to later life pursuits perhaps! 

Ha Long Bay, VietnamMore recently, Christopher visited Vietnam and Cambodia with Riviera Travel. He found it an incredible journey, particularly the seven day cruise along the Mekong, with a somewhat surprising four poster bed and glorious balcony being added highlights. He adores India, and just this year explored Jaipur and Udaipur for the first time, which he pronounced stunning. He knows Kolkata through work with the Hope Foundation, which cares for street children.

As for cruising, well, he’s cutting his teeth this year on a Baltic cruise, giving a talk to the guests too, which, I hazard a guess, will be totally ab fab. He’s known for his sociability and certainly likes to chat to other passengers. No cabin recluse Mr Biggins! He made a passing reference to a trip round the Med on Cameron Mackintosh’s yacht. Variety certainly makes the world go round.

Las VegasLas Vegas he thoroughly enjoys and has visited with old pal, Barbara Windsor. The mind boggles at the pair of them taking the place by storm, oh to have been a fly on the wall: laughter and high jinks all the way no doubt. Christopher recommends it for a long weekend of escapist fantasy every year, along with a trip to Venice as a total contrast.            

On the wish list is Bora Bora in French Polynesia, it’s a romantic notion he admits and linked to the film South Pacific, one of his favourites. Another country waiting to be discovered is Japan, where he knows he’ll be a giant, possibly in more ways than one! Height, flamboyance and charm for sure.            

I think a trip to almost anywhere with Christopher Biggins would be a real treat, and given his prowess in even the trickiest of jungle situations, you’d be in safe, jolly and very friendly company. 

For escorted tours and river cruises to Vietnam, Cambodia and worldwide, Silver Travel Advisor recommends Riviera Travel Escorted Tours and Riviera Travel River Cruises

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  • pink
    28 days ago
    i concur with your point about being a national treasure ~ so looked up how you become one. david marsh
    tried to sum it up in a 2013 guardian article, in which he described clare balding as "probably the current favourite treasure", saying that "anyone would be happy to have her as a big sister, which I reckon is as good a test as any of whether the epithet is deserved".
    on that basis (brother, not sister) i think christopher biggins qualifies.
  • applegroupie
    29 days ago
    Hi Jennie,
    Thoroughly enjoyed your article, it must have been fun interviewing Biggins.