The Eastern & Oriental Express, A Belmond Train, Southeast Asia
is set to return to the rails in February 2024. Bookings are now open
and the train will launch two new seasonal journeys departing from
Singapore and travelling through Malaysia: the Essence of Malaysia
(November to February) and Wild Malaysia (March to October).
The train’s 15 dark green carriages will leave Singapore’s Woodlands
station, taking in destinations like Penang, Langkawi and for the first
time, the Taman Negara National Park, before heading back to Singapore.
With new interiors, improved on board experiences, and journeys
encompassing culture, gastronomy, architecture and the arts, the Eastern
& Oriental Express aims to take railway travel in the region to new
The first bookable trip will be Essence of Malaysia (19 to 22
February 2024) and for the first time the train will offer a snorkelling
excursion in Langkawi as part of its regular itinerary and travel on
the 'Jungle Railway' to bring guests to the Taman Negara National Park,
where exclusive experiences will be offered in ‘Wild Malaysia’.
Essence of Malaysia
The three-night Essense of Malaysia journey starts from Singapore
through Kuala Lumpur, Langkawi and finally to the colourful island of
Penang. After a relaxing first day of on-board indulgence, guests will
disembark the train in Alor Setar and join a private cruise to Langkawi.
Guests can go on a snorkelling excursion and encounter the underwater
life of Pulau Payar Marine Park, Langkawi’s top snorkelling spot.
The third day is a tour of Penang, whose capital, George Town, offers
century-old UNESCO World Heritage sites, lively street art, and a
vibrant food scene. Delving deep into the essence of Penang, guests can
visit cultural highlights such as local art galleries and ancient
temples in George Town’s Old Quarter; shop in the local markets and go
for an authentic Peranakan cooking class in a private hillside residence
followed by a traditional tea ceremony; or soak up the views of George
Town’s picturesque streets at their own pace, hopping on traditional
trishaws and touring the surroundings, before rejoining the train and
travelling south towards Singapore.
The Wild Malaysia itinerary covers the untouched areas surrounding
the ‘Jungle Railway’, towards the Eastern side of the peninsula, where
guests visit the Taman Negara National Park. Working in partnership with
the global tiger conservation organisation, Save Wild Tigers, the
journey combines moments of relaxation on the train with some adventure.
One of the oldest tropical rainforests in the world, the Taman Negara
National Park is home to tigers, leopards, and Sumatran rhinos.
Excursions will include learning about the safeguarding of the Malayan
Tiger, a unique photography masterclass and a foraging experience in the
On day three, guests will travel to the west side to visit Penang.
With a choice of three different activities to explore Penang’s
artistic, culinary and historic heritage, guests will enjoy local
culture before returning to the train for their last night on board.
Both itineraries start from US$3,410 per person in a Pullman cabin
and include all meals, a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic
drinks, on board entertainment, onboard and offboard activities as per
Life on board
As they step on board the Eastern & Oriental Express, guests are
invited to live and breathe the captivating culture of Southeast Asia.
Days are punctuated by interesting encounters with local characters and
artisans, who will reveal the secrets of the region as they teach
ancient crafts and tell century-old tales. Nanyang jazz and vintage
Malay tunes will accompany guests throughout the evenings.
An elevated menu of contemporary dishes rooted in the Peranakan
culture awaits guests on board. A blend of Chinese, Malay, and other
Southeast Asian culinary influences that originated in the Straits
Settlements of Penang, Malacca, and Singapore, Peranakan cuisine is
known for its bold flavours and intricate preparation methods. The
train’s executive chef will celebrate this gastronomic tradition while
adding a modern twist to ancient recipes.
The Eastern & Oriental’s 15 restyled carriages will include eight
sleeping cars, two restaurant cars, a Piano Bar Car and the iconic
open-air Observation Car. From ornate marquetry, to Malaysian embroidery
and oriental silks, the train will boast of contemporary grandeur.
Cherry wood panelling are in the three different cabin categories -
Pullman, State and Presidential – which come complete with
air-conditioning and private bathrooms.
The Pullman cabins are inspired by the radiance of Kuala Lumpur,
boasting red sofas juxtaposed with blue cushions, drapery and pelmets
that reflect the city’s dramatic skies, while the State cabins reflect
Penang’s marine locale with a bright blue and green colour palette. The
Presidential cabins celebrate regional opulence, with hues of gold and
embroidered décor elements.