Some of the greatest journeys in Asia can be travelled in style on the finest railways in the world. Think outstanding backdrops and exciting excursions with opulent luxury in new exotic places to return to at the end of the day.
The Indian Palace on Wheels
Live like a Maharajah on the aptly-named Palace on Wheels through some of India’s most spectacular destinations. Essentially a five-star hotel on wheels rolling through some of the most beautiful vistas in the world, this train offers luxury, comfort and exciting adventure all at once.
Wonder at the Taj Mahal, visit beautiful walled cities and partake in some amazing tiger spotting in Ranthambore National Park. This route also includes the famous cities of Jaipur and Jodhpur and some of the most delicious food you will eat in your life. You can journey into the Himalayas onboard, and get direct return flights from London for convenience at the end of this exciting trip.
Singapore to Bangkok on the Eastern and Oriental
How does being transported back to the Colonial era, but with all of the creature comforts of the twenty-first century sound? Part of the Orient-Express group, this week-long train trip could be the adventure for you. The ‘Classic’ journey is from Singapore to Bangkok, covering 1,255 miles of beautiful landscapes which you can appreciate while enjoying good wine, food and conversation, with smartly-uniformed attendants on hand to help make your trip as pleasant and comfortable as possible.
You can see Kuala Lumpur’s impressive night time cityscape, the River Kwai Bridge, the island of Penang and George Town from the train, or you can take a closer look on organised excursions. The train boasts an observation tower which offers splendid views (and is a great place to enjoy some cocktails), a dining car serving gourmet cuisine for all tastes (for when you tire of the Oriental flavours) and an exquisitely designed bar car, complete with live pianist and evening entertainment.
Although the cabins are a bit on the ‘cosy’ side (5.7 square metres as standard), the experience overshadows this – and that’s what you’re here for at the end of the day.
The Qinzang Railway: China to Tibet
Enjoy first class rail journeying, delightful cuisine and some of the most breath-taking views on the planet. You’ll spend quite a long time onboard (it’s a 44-hour journey from Beijing to Lhasa), but with the amazing scenery and luxurious surroundings the duration won’t be an issue. In 10 days you’ll experience the bustling metropolises of China, dazzling temples, snowy mountains and Everest’s base camp.