Luxury train purveyor Belmond has brought all the luxury of their European Orient Express to, well, the orient. As such, journeys swap London to Venice for Bangkok to Singapore, taking in the likes of floating markets, golden-domed mosques and the famed ‘Bridge Over the River Kwai’. And, alongside some of Asia’s city greats, it’s all showcased by expert-led excursions.
When back on board, you’ll settle into your private cabin, ensconced in fine embroidery and cherry-wood panelling. It’s also the setting for your morning’s Continental breakfast, served by the picture window by your personal steward. You’ll also have a choice of cabin layouts, with the standard offerings featuring plush sofas that are converted – again by your steward – into two berths, replete with crisp linens. For something extra special, look into the Presidential Cabin for expansive seating and a complimentary minibar.
The rest of the train is just as impressive, with the likes of scallops and fragrant curries dished up among the monogrammed china and exquisite marquetry of the restaurant carriage. Then, after taking a tea in the colonial saloon or catching the view from the open-air Observation Car, end the night in the Bar Car. Expect everything from craft cocktails to fine champagnes.