A beloved luxury rail experience returns to Southeast Asia, with added bells and whistles. After a four-year break, the famous Eastern & Oriental Express, a Belmond trainwill relaunch the service in February 2024, with new malaysian routes, including one that will take travelers to Taman Negara National Park for the first time.
After an extended hiatus that began in 2020 during pandemic-induced shutdowns and travel restrictions, the long-awaited return of routes comes as travel to Asia has ramped up, allowing the premium train service to restart its engines. Belmond used the downtime to rearrange both trains and routes, giving passengers a more engaging overall experience.
“Offering a reimagined Southeast Asian adventure on the move, the train will launch two new seasonal journeys departing from Singapore and traversing the ever-changing landscapes and dynamic cities of Malaysia,” the company said in a statement. .
The first departure on February 19, 2024 will be on its The essence of Malaysia itinerary, which includes an afternoon of island time in the middle of the train journey. Departing from Woodlands Station in Singapore, the train heads to Kuala Lumpur, before passing through rice paddies and rural villages, and stopping at Alor Setar Station on the second day. There, travelers will take a 25-minute boat ride to Pulau Payar Marine Park in Langkawi, best known for its thriving marine life including parrotfish, moray eels and angelfish.
Once on the island, passengers will be treated to a picnic lunch, with options to choose from activities such as snorkeling, paddle boarding, tai chi, meditation and massage, before returning to board to enjoy local entertainment. The next day, visitors will enjoy Penang Island, where excursions include a Peranakan cuisine-themed culinary outing or a cultural and arts trip to the old quarter of Georgetown before heading back to Butterworth and back on the rails to the south. Singapore after last night. This route will be offered each year from November to February.
Then, from March to October, the Eastern & Oriental Express will switch to its new Wild Malaysia Itinerarywith its first departure on March 4, 2024. Also departing from Singapore, this train will instead veer towards the east of the peninsula in a route curated in conjunction with the conservation group Save wild tigers. After lunch on the second day, travelers will disembark at Merapoh station to visit one of the world’s oldest rainforests, formed nearly 130 million years ago, at Taman Negara National Park, where leopards, tigers, Sumatran rhinos, water buffaloes, hornbills and macaques all live side by side. Excursions include foraging, photography and wildlife viewing. The third day then resumes the old itinerary on the island of Penang before turning back to Singapore.
The journeys all take place on the Legendary Trains, which have 15 “redesigned” dark green cars – including eight sleeping cars, two dining cars, a piano bar car and an open-air observation car – all adorned with embroidery Malaysian and Asian. bristles to reflect the grandeur of the local environment.
All cherry-paneled cabins are equipped with air conditioning and private bathrooms, and available in three classes. Pullman cabin decor mirrors that of Kuala Lumpur with red sofas and blue cushions and draperies to capture the city’s blue skies, while State cabins channel Penang’s sea blue and green hues. Presidential booths radiate gold and embroidered opulence.