All aboard the Eastern Orient Express

To board the Eastern Orient Express is to step back in time to a 'Colonial' era of charm, elegance and luxury.

From baggage handlers in starched uniforms to a resident pianist tinkling the ivories in the Bar Car, no expense has been spared in providing the world's most sophisticated train journey from Bangkok to Singapore.

On board

It's impossible not to be taken in by the intoxicating romance of it all. Imagine the excitement of being taken to your own cabin, with its cherry wood walls and brass fittings, only to discover a perfectly appointed en suite filled with designer Bulgari bath products.

Oversized picture windows are a reminder that you are not, in fact, on the set of an old Hollywood movie. Take a seat in the Observation Car, where the biggest decision is which delectable cocktail to order. But hey, you're on holidays so why not work your way through the menu as the wind whips through your hair and the suns sets over a spectacular horizon ahead.

Dinner is a formal affair, so don't forget to pack your glad rags. This is your chance to meet fellow travellers and indulge in some exquisite fine dining as you catch snippets of the outside world as it flashes by.

Freshly pressed linen and silverware are standard, not extras, and the chef bases his menu around fresh local produce to reflect the diversity of each region you pass through.

On land

Each day you'll get the chance to stop and visit a local community, and connect with the smiling locals who are lucky enough to live here. You'll meet the residents of Georgetown in Penang, with its melting pot of cultures thank to British, Malaysian and Chinese influences.

Visit peaceful Kanchanaburi and take a moment to reflect at the bridge over River Kwai. Steeped in wartime history, this is an important destination for those interested in the Second World War and the cost of human life during this traumatic period in this region's history.

History

Built in Japan in 1972, the train first operated as the Silver Star train in New Zealand. Then its carriages were given a complete overhaul by the same man who refurbished the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express luxury train.

A number of influences are at work here, and no expense was spared in the redesign. There are 22 carriages in total, including a library car, two Presidential sleeping cabins and an observation deck.

The carriage walls are decorated with veneers of wooden marquetry with Eastern designs, while the bar and restaurant cars are decorated in Chinese and Thai lacquer using Malaysian motifs with Thai wall carvings and engraved mirrors. The open-deck of the Observation Car also has an Oriental theme, and local materials were used on much of the train.

The Eastern Orient Express travels over 2000 kilometres through Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. Take a majestic and nostalgic journey into the heart of Southeast Asia and experience the adventure for yourself.

Peregrine is excited to announce its brand new Eastern Orient Express - Bangkok to Singapore trip. This is a 6-day trip that also runs in reverse.

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