Art In Loco-Motion

Luxury train travel through the heart of Southeast Asia aboard Eastern & Oriental Express.

Have you always had the fantasy of going on a whimsical trip on an old-school train a la The Darjeeling Limited sans all the running? In case you did not know, we have a similar locomotive experience right in our backyard in the form of the luxurious Eastern & Oriental Express by Belmond.

Connecting Singapore to Bangkok, the sleeper takes guests through the heart of the Southeast Asian peninsular, passing by pristine villages and vibrant cities while still enjoying all the luxuries of an edificial boutique hotel.

The bar on the train.

The one-of-a-kind vacation option transports patrons to colonial times, not only by restoring the beauty of what was once an opulent way of travel in the carriages (which comprise the observation, saloon and bar cars among others), but by also showcasing regions that have remained timeless since then.

The observation car.
Restaurant on wheels.

Itineraries for the passengers are not confined to the train – although the comfort of it might make you want to stay put – as they include various sightseeing excursions, including trips to the tea plantations of Cameron Highlands in Malaysia, the beautiful Thai island of Koh Chaan and of course night stays at the most picturesque hotels along the passage.

In an effort to add more local touches to the colonial symbol, Belmond has commissioned Singapore-based graffiti artist Rajesh Kumar to add his artwork onto the exterior of two Eastern & Oriental Express’ carriages. ‘The Koi Pond’ depicts the joy of travel, movement and the coming together of friends and family – the result is a visual surprise as the train weaves through Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand – until 28 April 2017.

‘The Koi Pond’ concept.
Rajesh Kumar with his artwork. Photo by Helen Cathcart.

Further driving the concept of ‘Art in Motion,’ Belmond has also unveiled the Cocktail Professor, a new cocktail menu devised by leading mixologists in the region to take guests on a gustation journey befitting their visual one, with exotic monikers like ‘Mist of the Rice Paddies’ and ‘Malay Jungle.’

As for art of the auditory-kind, producer and DJ Mr Has from Singapore has crafted a soundscape that pays homage to train-unique adventures in bonhomie by combining live recordings of cool jazz with uplifting future classics and deep grooves.

Eastern & Oriental Express travels between Singapore and Bangkok on 2 and 3 night journeys from January to April and September to December carrying up to 82 passengers in all en-suite cabins. Expect a vantage point like no other as you savour breathtaking landscapes and strike up the unlikeliest of camaraderies. Make your reservation to be part of this unique journey right now, right here.


Vimal Palasekaran

Vimal Palasekaran

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