‘Trains are wonderful… to travel by train is to see nature and human beings, towns… and rivers, in fact, to see life’ – Agatha Christie
When you think about the Eastern and Oriental Express, what springs to mind? For me its a picture of pure opulence, or perhaps the most suitable word being Luxurious! Lashings of panelled wood, brass and gilt, heavy set curtains and materials, well dressed, amnicured and mannered people, a luxurious time capsule in its purest form. In my younger days I had a wish list of ways to travel when I became ‘rich and famous’, one day this day will come! When I sat at my desk and thought about sea travel, the QE2 came to mind, for air travel it was the Concorde and without any doubt, the first name in luxurious train travel had to be the Eastern and Oriental Express.
The golden age of travel lives on aboard the Eastern & Oriental Express luxury train. Winding through some of the world’s most beautiful and exotic landscapes, it voyages through Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, and on into Laos. Mountains, forests, fascinating towns and golden temples create a rich tapestry of life along the way.
This sister train to the Eastern and Oriental Express is Europe’s Venice Simplon-Orient-Express that offers an equally exciting on-board experience. Enjoy gourmet dining, cocktails in the open-air observation car and special local entertainment as your adventure unfolds.
Accommodation / Cabins on board the Eastern and Oriental Express
The Eastern & Oriental Express offers three grades of beautifully appointed compartments: Pullman Cabins, State Cabins and Presidential Suites. The interior walls are cherry wood and elm burr paneled, adorned with decorative marquetry and intricate inlays.
Each cabin is fully air-conditioned with an en suite shower, washbasin and WC and features large picture windows for an excellent view of the passing scenery. Facilities include 24-hour steward service, international electric sockets (220 volts) and 110 volt adapter for razors, a personal safe and hairdryer.
The Eastern & Oriental Express has 30 Pullman Cabins that measure comfortably at 62 square feet. During the daytime the compartment is a private lounge provided by a banquette style sofa. At night the seating converts to an upper and lower bed. A private en suite shower, washbasin and WC is also provided in your cabin.
The Eastern & Oriental Express has 28 State Cabins which measure 84 square feet each. Configured as a private lounge during the day, with a banquette style sofa, fixed chair and one movable chair. Fixed daytime seating converts to two single beds at night. A private en suite shower, washbasin and WC is also provided.
The Luxurious Eastern and Oriental Express Presidential Cabin measure at 125 square feet, truly the ultimate in luxury train comfort. The cabins are configured as a private lounge during the day, with banquette style sofa and fixed chair, and two movable chairs. Fixed daytime seating converts to two single beds at night. A private en suite shower, washbasin and WC is also provided.
Guests in Presidential Suites enjoy the additional benefit of a complimentary bar in their cabin.
Dining on the Eastern and Oriental Express
Chefs on board the Eastern & Oriental Express are internationally renowned for their ability to create a tantalising variety of Eastern and European dishes, using the finest fresh seasonal ingredients. Service equals the world’s gourmet finest restaurants. Lunch and dinner are served in the two Restaurant Cars, each lavishly decorated with rosewood and elm panelling.
Each morning a breakfast of freshly baked croissants, coffee or tea, juice and fruit is delivered to your compartment and for those passengers wishing to rise early to take advantage of the beautiful scenery, tea and coffee will be served for you in the Observation Car from 7.00am onwards.
The Eastern and Oriental highly trained chefs can cater for specific dietary requirements our passengers may have, provided they inform us prior to your train journey.
At the end of your day relax and socialise with your fellow passengers in the Bar Car and listen to the sounds of the piano from the resident pianist. The bar is open throughout the day and late into the night for the service of cocktails, aperitifs and liqueurs and local entertainment is performed in the evenings.
Enjoy a relaxing and exotic drink such as a Shanghai Express – a delicious cocktail of Bourbon, Amaretto, Southern Comfort, Orange and Lime Juice and Grenadine Syrup.
The Observation Car on the Eastern and Oriental Express
The Observation Car is located at the very end of the train. Its interior section is the perfect place to enjoy cocktails amidst a colonial ‘veranda’ ambiance with its teak wood flooring, paneled walls, rattan furniture and potted plants.
One-third of the Observation Car is an outdoor observation area decorated with teakwood. Offering unobstructed views, it is the perfect place to take photographs of the panoramic scenery and experience the sights, sounds and scents of South East Asia.
Smoking is permitted on the outdoor area.
Bordered by the Indian subcontinent to the West, China to the North and Japan to the East, South East Asia is an utterly captivating land that promises to stimulate each and every one of your senses.
A tropical expanse of rain forest, rice paddies, diverse landscapes and colourful cultures, the region is where visitors encounter the friendliest, most welcoming people and some of the world’s most exciting cuisine.
Discover the variety of cultures and climates that you can encounter on the Eastern & Oriental Express.
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