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Belmond is launching a new train journey into Malaysia in 2024

Belmond is launching a new train journey into Malaysia in 2024
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The first departure on Monday 19 February 2024, will be on its Essence of Malaysia route, which includes an afternoon of island time in the middle of the rail journey. Starting at Singapore’s Woodlands Station, the train heads toward Kuala Lumpur, before passing by rice paddy fields and rural villages, and pulling into Alor Setar station on its second day. There, travellers will take a 25-minute boat ride to Pulau Payar Marine Park in Langkawi, best known for its thriving sea life, including parrot fish, moray eels, and angel fish.

The Eastern Oriental Express A Belmond Train

The Eastern & Oriental Express, A Belmond TrainCourtesy of Belmond

The Eastern Oriental Express A Belmond Train

The Eastern & Oriental Express, A Belmond TrainCourtesy of Belmond

Once on the island, passengers will be treated to a picnic, with the options to choose from activities such as snorkelling, paddle boarding, tai chi, meditation and massages, before heading back on board to enjoy local entertainment. The following day, visitors will enjoy Penang Island, where excursions include a Peranakan cooking-themed culinary outing or a cultural and art-focused trip to Georgetown Old Quarter before reboarding at Butterworth and retracing the rails south back to Singapore after the final night. This itinerary will be offered annually from November through February.

The Eastern Oriental Express A Belmond Train

The Eastern & Oriental Express, A Belmond TrainCourtesy of Belmond

Then from March through October, the Eastern & Oriental Express will switch to its new Wild Malaysia itinerary, with its first departure on Monday 4 March 2024. Also departing from Singapore, this train will instead veer to the eastern side of the peninsula in an itinerary curated in collaboration with the conservation group Save Wild Tigers. After lunch on the second day, travellers will disembark at the 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 buffalo, hornbills and macaques all cohabitate. Excursions include foraging, photography and wildlife sightings. The third day then mimics the former itinerary on Penang Island before turning back to Singapore.

The trips all take place on the legendary trains, which have 15 “restyled” deep green carriages – including eight sleeping cars, two restaurant cars, a piano bar car, and an open-air observation car – all decked out with Malaysian embroidery and Asian silks to reflect the grandeur of the local surroundings.

 

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