Luxury train operator Orient-Express is to
launch a series of new three and six night rail voyages through
Thailand, Malaysia, Laos and Singapore aboard the Eastern &
Oriental Express (E&O), commencing in November 2010. The programme
contains many elements brand new to E&O.
The quartet of new rail voyages entitled
Chronicles of South-East Asia will be offered alongside E&Oís
existing year-round schedule of classic departures between Bangkok
and Singapore. Each itinerary has been specially crafted to offer
a unique, enriching and in-depth travel experience by allowing
guests to immerse themselves in the panorama and culture of these
fascinating countries and discover new locations.
The voyages are limited to just 60 guests (normal capacity is 132)
per journey and all are accommodated in spacious State and Presidential cabins. As well as offering guests the most luxurious
and stylish way to see the exotic landscapes, all itineraries
offer an extensive programme of exciting excursions, overnight
off-train experiences and guest lecturers on board. A selection of
wines during meals is also included in the price. These are all a
first for the train.
This new chapter for the E&O
opens with Legends of the Peninsula a six-night tour of South East
Asia; from the bustling city of Bangkok, to the white beaches of Trang and the kaleidoscope of cultures in Kuala Lumpur and
This majestic route travels through
great cities and through the jungle-covered hills of Thailand. En
route to Malaysia, the train crosses the spectacular wooden
trestle viaduct at Tham Kasae, one of the most beautiful stretches
of railway in Thailand, and visits the historic River Kwai Bridge
before arriving in Trang for a two day stopover at the Anantara
Ski Kao Resort. Guests will be able to relax on the beautiful
island of Koh Kradan, in the Andaman Sea, and enjoy its stunning
white beaches and crystal clear waters. Alternatively, they can
take part in a Thai cooking class, go Dugong trekking, or go
coral-reef snorkelling or sea kayaking. Following this, and after
the train crosses into Malaysia, guests will have a morning in
Penang and a full day in Kuala Lumpur, both with a variety of
activity and excursion choices.
continues with the six-night Fables of the Hills journey departing
from Singapore. This itinerary takes guests north through Malaysia
and into Thailand before arriving in Bangkok. Highlights include
an overnight stay in the lush Cameron Highlands, a leisurely barge
cruise along the River Kwai and visit to the historical island of
Penang. Along this fascinating trail of discovery, guests will not
only have the chance to admire the breathtaking landscape from the
open-air Observation Deck on the train, but also learn about the
different cultures along the way. The stay in the Cameron
Highlands, for instance, includes tasting of tea grown in the
hills as well as learning about the tea making process, while a
tour of the Monkey Training College at Surat Thani provides a
fascinating insight into monkeys being trained to assist local
farmers in harvesting coconuts.
There is also an
Epic Thailand voyage which showcases the very best Thailand has to
offer during this thrilling and journey into off-the- beaten track
areas visited by very few foreign visitors. This journey covers
large areas of Thailandís beautiful and remote countryside, through distant settlements on the Isan plains and past 12th
century Khmer temples in faraway settings. The journey begins with
a visit to a traditional village in rural northeastern Thailand
where guests will be invited to participate in the Bai Sii Su Kwan
(sacred threads) ceremony Ė among the most significant and
touching of Thai customs. Other highlights include a full day in
the culture-rich city of Chiang Mai and a visit to the Khao Yai
National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to wild
elephants, gibbons and birds as well as a visit to an elephant
camp where guests will have a chance to see the elephants at work.
In the scenic Asoke Valley a visit is made to the family-owned
Gran Monte Vineyard for a relaxing lunch and wine tasting session
led by Thailandís first female oenologist.
story ends with the final chapter, Tales of Laos, which sees the
train once again on a grand exploration, crossing borders. This is
a three-night passage of discovery through the vast fields of
northeast Thailand and across the Friendship Bridge over the
mighty Mekong River. It continues along the first railway into
Laos that leads to the capital, Vientiane. Guests onboard on the
train are among the few overseas visitors to travel along this
route, crossing borders between two beautiful countries and
discovering a country largely undiscovered by foreign visitors.
Departures and Prices
Legends of the Peninsula:
A six-night land voyage through Asia from colourful Bangkok, to
the tranquil beaches of Trang and the colonial architecture of
Kuala Lumpur and onto cosmopolitan Singapore.
Highlights include: Tham Kasae Viaduct, River
Kwai, Trang (overnight), Penang, and Kuala Lumpur.
November 30th 2010, March 20th, November 27th 2011
starts from £5,500 per person in a State cabin
Fables of the Hills:
A six-night experience taking guests north from Singapore through
the cool hill country of the Cameron Highlands to Bangkok.
Highlights include: Visits to Kuala Lumpur, Cameron Highlands
(overnight), Penang, Tham Kasae Viaduct and River Kwai.
Departures: January 16th, October 2nd 2011
Price: starts from
£5,500 per person in a State cabin
Epic Thailand: A
six-night journey of pure adventure to hidden treasures in remote
Northeastern Thailand that very few foreign visitors reach.
Highlights include: Isan Village Life, Khmer
ruins at Prasat Sikhoraphum and Phanom Rung, Chiang Mai, Khao Yai
Departures: February 20th, October 30th 2011
Price: starts from £5,500 per person in a State cabin
Tales of Laos: A
wonderfully evocative way to discover a unique route and country
once part of old Indochina and sealed off from the rest of Asia.
This is a three night journey departing from Bangkok and
highlights include: Khmer ruins at Phimai, Khao Yai National Park
(a UNESCO World Heritage site) and crossing the Friendship Bridge
over the Mekong.
Departures: February 1st 2011
from £2,400 per person in a State cabin
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