After a long hiatus, The Eastern & Oriental Express, a Belmond Train, Southeast Asia is proud to
announce its much-anticipated return to the rails in February 2024. Offering a reimagined adventur
of Southeast Asia in motion, the train will launch two new seasonal journeys departing from
Singapore and travelling through Malaysia’s ever-changing landscapes and vibrant cities: the Essence
of Malaysia (November to February) and Wild Malaysia (March to October). The iconic 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 the garden
With restyled interiors, elevated on board experiences, and enthralling journeys encompassing
culture, gastronomy, architecture and the arts, the Eastern & Oriental Express continues to take
railway travel in the region to new heights, while setting a new standard of excellence in Southeast
Essence of Malaysia: A Gateway Into Malay Culture
The Essence of Malaysia is a three-night journey through the country’s western wonders, 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. The third day is dedicated to discovering Penang, a multicultural island
whose capital, George Town, boasts century-old UNESCO World Heritage sites, lively street art, and
a thrilling food scene.
Wild Malaysia: Exploring Sights Unseen
The Wild Malaysia itinerary covers the untouched areas surrounding the ‘Jungle Railway’, towards
the Eastern side of the peninsula, and gives guests the unique opportunity to visit the Taman Negara
National Park. Devised in collaboration with global tiger conservation organisation, Save Wild Tigers,
the journey combines blissful moments of relaxation on the train with a dash of adventure. On day
three guests will travel to the west side to visit Penang.
Life On Board: A Celebration of Local Culture
As they step on board the Eastern & Oriental Express, guests are invited to live and breathe the
captivating culture of Southeast Asia at every moment. An elevated menu of contemporary dishes
rooted in the Peranakan culture awaits guests of the Eastern & Oriental Express.
Restyling of An Icon
The Eastern & Oriental will return to the rails with 15 restyled carriages including eight sleeping cars,
two restaurant cars, a Piano Bar Car and the iconic open-air Observation Car. Warm sanctuaries of
cherry wood panelling, the three different cabin categories – Pullman, State and Presidential – are all
complete with air-conditioning and private bathrooms.