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Eastern and Orient Express Train

The luxury and opulence of this train ride is combined with the exotic and unique sights and tastes of the Far East, with scenery from the train including rainforests, jungles, rice fields, and rivers, with the occasional sighting of a water buffalo, or elephant.

Offering fine furnishings, world class cuisine, and 24 hour room service as well as a personal steward, this train is considered to be one of the most luxurious experiences without the rigid formality of some other luxury train rides; with its exotic locale and distinct scenery and excursions, this is indeed one experience that one will never forget.

As you depart from Singapore, the industrial region of the city will soon disappear and give way to the Straits of Johor; air-conditioning is a must in this steamy South Asian country, and is provided abundantly. Crossing these Straits, and entering the Malaysian jungle, one will notice the bright green tropical vegetation and foliage and country villages; as you cross over this and settle in, one must remember that every effort goes into making this an exotic ride reflective of the Far East culture, not only in terms of décor and tours but also in terms of cuisine as well. As such, your first meal may include terrine of tiger prawn and mango with a vanilla and lobster vinaigrette dressing, shiitake and enoki mushroom soup perfumed with truffle, steamed sea bass with tofu, and a roast pineapple tart with banana tuille and coconut jam cream; other meals may include Malay curries and mango-filled samosas (indeed, the chef’s shopping list for the three day journey runs 72 pages long) . Aboard the train, such particular amenities such as a reading room with a library, an open decked Observation Car where on can observe the tropic scenery firsthand, a chinese fortune teller, a boutique with Far East goods, and a piano in the Bar Car where many passengers gather round make this train a unique expereince.

The first off train excursion that one will make will be at the stop of Butterworkth, where one will disembark and board a ferry to Malaysia’s Penang Island for a half day excursion of this island; sites that one will visit on this guided tour include the capital of Gerogetown, the Kho Kongsi temple, buitl in the Baroque style of the late Ching dynasty, the Eastern and Orient hotel, and the fabled hawkers market place, said to sell some of the best food in all of Asia. The tour will also incude a trishaw ride through the neighborhoods of this island as well. Back aboard the Easter and Orient Express , one will journey on to the next stop, the River Kwai ridge station, where one will again disembark for a raft ride on the River Kwai, passing under the Bridge of the river Kwai, and a subsequent visit to the Thailand-Burma railway center museum. Finally, upon arriving in Bangkok, one will rejoin the real world as one leaves the privileged opulence of this Oriental caravan of luxury on wheels of the Far East.

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