The iconic Eastern & Oriental Express will relaunch with a luxe new journey

After a four-year absence, Belmond’s Eastern & Oriental Express will finally be back on the tracks next month

Set to relaunch in March after a four-year hiatus, Belmond has announced that when the Eastern & Oriental Express returns, it will be with a new culinary curator in tow, along with the offer of new immersive journeys through Malaysia.

New chef

Decorated Chef André Chiang, with his two Michelin stars and a placement in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants under his belt, has been appointed the new culinary curator. Chef Chiang will bring his innovative touch and expertise to curate a dining experience and menu that captures the diverse terroir of Southeast Asia, showcasing dishes such as Laksa Bouillabaisse, Black-bone Chicken Consommé and Jungle Spices Cacao Ganache. At the Piano Bar Carriage and Observation Car, guests can sip on botanical-infused beverages and vintage cocktails conceptualised by global creative hospitality consultancy, The Cocktail Professor, as well as the extensive selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, including artisanal Malaysian coffees.

New destination

The Eastern and Oriental Express’ new Malaysia itinerary includes an excursion into the Taman Negara National Park, where guests can choose between three activities: an educational tour of the park to learn about the endangered Malayan Tigers, a wildlife photography class or an exploration of the rainforest’s ancient caves. A unique journey will be offered in May 2024 in collaboration with Save Wild Tigers and will spotlight the conservation efforts to save the Malay Tiger from extinction, contributing to the fight against illegal poaching and habitat loss. The exclusive journey will combine the Malaysia itinerary with a two-night stay at The Datai in Langkawi.

Refurbished carriages 

The carriages aboard the Eastern & Oriental Express have been remodelled and boast eight sleeping carriages, two restaurants, a Piano Bar and an open-air Observation Car. Pullman, State and Presidential cabins are adorned in a cherry-wood panel and reflect the different landscapes the train travels through. The Pullman cabins draw inspiration from Kuala Lumpur, featuring red and blue accents resembling the city’s skyline; the State cabins reflect Penang’s marine locale with a blue and green palette; and the Presidential Suites exude opulence with hues of gold and embroidered elements.

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