Belmond’s Eastern & Oriental Express Gives Luxury Rail Travel an Asian Touch

Belmond’s Eastern & Oriental Express has launched a collaboration with local artists to bring passengers closer to contemporary Asian culture.

Luxury rail travel with stunning views to boot.

Marking 25 years of rail journeys through Southeast Asia this year, Belmond’s Eastern & Oriental Express has launched a collaboration with local artists to bring passengers closer to contemporary Asian culture.

Dubbed Art & Fashion in Motion 2018, the project has seen two of the luxury train’s vintage carriages given a makeover by Thai artist Somnuek “Parn” Klangnok, their iconic green livery replaced by whimsical drawings evoking a sense of fantasy.

Meanwhile, Thattaworn Sugunnasil, one of Bangkok’s top tailors, has created a new collection of staff uniforms designed for different areas of the train; the bar manager, for instance, is attired in elegant emerald silk, while waiters in the dining cars wear sharp-lined white shirts and black trouser ensembles, a classic look that reflects the timeless luxury of rail travel.

This year, the Eastern & Oriental Express will also host pop-up culinary experiences featuring Aussie chef Luke Mangan and Thai culinary star Ian Kittichai, who will bring extra flavor to select journeys between Singapore and Bangkok.

More information here.

This article originally appeared in the June/July 2018 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“Connections”).

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