My holidays: Emmett Skilton

Emmett Skilton from 'The Almighty Johnsons'.
Emmett Skilton from 'The Almighty Johnsons'.

What was your greatest holiday?

An impromptu trip to the Island of Koh Chang, in the east of Thailand. Five days of snorkelling in crystal clear water with tropical fish and baby coral, and watching sunsets.

If we bump into you on holiday, what are you most likely to be doing?

I'm a sucker for historical architecture, so probably standing in front of some extraordinary buildings in wonderment.

What's your dream destination?

Definitely the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. As a child I was always fascinated by the "Seven Wonders of the Ancient World", so to see and experience the oldest of the wonders would be a dream-come-true.

What's the dumbest thing you've ever done when travelling?

Without letting anyone know my plans, I climbed a clay rockface in Rai Leh, a holiday peninsula in the Krabi District of Thailand, to visit the Princess Lagoon in the centre of this "mini-mountain".

Not only did I not tell anyone, I also had no climbing equipment or map, I got lost twice, and almost grabbed a white-lipped pit viper, mistaking it for a vine. The photos were great, though.

What's the best thing you've brought back from a trip?

A miniature replica skull candle-holder from the Sedlec Ossuary, a beautiful 15th-century Gothic church in the outskirts of Prague.

What's the next trip you've got planned?

I'll be in England later this year establishing myself as an actor and while I'm there I'm planning a motorcycle trip throughout the British Isles, beginning in London, going through Cardiff, Dublin, Belfast then across to Glasgow and Edinburgh, then finally up to Inverness in the north of Scotland to explore some of my family history before returning back to London.

Emmett Skilton plays youngest brother Axl Johnson in the Almighty Johnsons, 8.30pm Thursdays, on TV3.

- NZ Herald

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