The Eastern and Oriental Express to Return in 2024 With New Routes

The Eastern & Oriental Express Returns in 2024 With New Singapore–Malaysia Routes

Visit Kuala Lumpur, Penang, and Langkawi in a unique way!

After a four-year hiatus, The Eastern and Oriental Express is returning in 2024 with its unmatched luxury train rides. And this time, it will have two new routes from Singapore to Malaysia! Established by the American company Belmond Ltd., the Eastern and Oriental Express made its grand debut in Southeast Asia in 1993. Its inaugural journey took passengers on an enchanting ride from Singapore to Bangkok. Its sister train service, Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, has been captivating passengers with scenic European landscapes since the 80s. 

Even if you are a frequent traveller to Malaysia, this is a land journey unlike any other. Picture this: old European trains, adorned with polished wooden walls; it feels as if you’re stepping into a different era. As the train chugs slowly, you catch glimpses of vast expanses of greenery from your window. Doesn’t it kind of make you feel like you’re a fictional 20th-century character off on an epic adventure? Trust me, it’s not a sensation you’d get on a modern high-speed train.

What are the new routes for the Eastern and Oriental Express?

The Eastern and Oriental Express will kickstart its journey to different parts of Malaysia with these well-planned itineraries: Essence of Malaysia and Wild Malaysia. 

Essence of Malaysia

Dive into Malaysian culture while travelling in style with Essence of Malaysia. This three-night expedition runs in February, November, and December 2024, transporting you from Singapore to popular Western Malaysian cities: Kuala Lumpur, Langkawi, and Penang

Apart from admiring lush greenery from the train windows, you can hop off and try out all sorts of activities; from snorkelling in Langkawi’s Pulau Payar Marine Park, to delving into the art of Peranakan cooking in Penang. 

Georgetown, penang, malaysia

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You’ll also get the chance to soak up Penang’s rich culture in George Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From capturing Instagram-ready snapshots of colourful shophouses and street art to exploring the area on a traditional trishaw, this journey provides a truly wonderful experience.

Also read: Penang vs Langkawi: Which Island Destination in Malaysia Is for You?

Wild Malaysia

If you’re keen to explore the breathtaking nature of Malaysia, then the Wild Malaysia package is the perfect choice. It is a three-night adventure, available from March to November 2024. As the trip is a collaboration with the wildlife organisation, Save Wild Tigers, you’ll gain insight into the endangered Malayan Tiger and the conservation efforts Malaysia is making to protect them.

As the package’s name suggests, you’ll be guided into Taman Negara National Park. The wilderness here is home to tigers and diverse wildlife, offering unique experiences such as wildlife photography and foraging skills. The journey continues to Penang, where you can immerse yourself in the culinary and cultural richness of the city. 

Indulge in a luxurious experience aboard the train

It’s not just a journey, but also an immersive experience set against the backdrop of plush refurbished interiors and a tantalising array of local Malaysian culinary delights. Picture this: Cherrywood walls that reflect elegance, seats adorned with intricate Malaysian embroidery, and carpets graced with batik designs. Isn’t it a treat for the senses? 

To enhance the vibe, head to the Bar Car and unwind with a live performance of vintage-styled jazz music. You can also visit the Observation Car, where you can take in the fresh air of the countryside and feel the breeze against your skin. 

The other eight train cars are reserved for the cabins to house your weary souls. Choose among the Presidential Suite, State Cabin, and Pullman Cabin for a comfortable descent into dreamland.

Also read: Take the Scenic Route: Why You Should Try Exploring Asia by Train

Prices start from US$3,410 (~S$4,539.44), which can be a hefty sum, but think about it: a once-in-a-lifetime adventure through the lush landscapes of Malaysia, while enjoying the most luxurious vintage-styled train ride. Click here for bookings and further details.

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