The art of slow-travel is a vastly underappreciated one, but with Belmond’s Eastern & Oriental Express, a luxurious train that recalls the golden age of railway travel, serves as a reminder to travellers that every experience is worth savouring.
For 2019, the train line has partnered with four talented chefs – whose repertoires run the gamut from elevated street food to edible art – onboard the train to create unique menus and experiences for their guests.
Starting on February 5, chef Janice Wong of Singapore’s well-known 2am dessert bar will bring her delectable desserts and intricate culinary art techniques on-board the Eastern & Oriental Express. Wong will even host a chocolate painting workshop to introduce guests to her world of edible art in a three-night journey from Bangkok to Singapore.
Other highlights include a guided food market tour in Kanchanaburi with Thailand‘s celebrity chef, Ian Kittichai. Later, the chef returns to the train to cook up a medley of authentic Thai dishes with his unique, contemporary spin.
You’ll get the chance to experience the best of Asia’s vibrant cities and rural villages from the comfort of the Eastern & Oriental Express’ plush interiors, redolent with wood-panelled corridors and silken furnishings that recall the train’s storied Asiatic heritage.
After all, there’s nothing better than relaxing after a delicious meal than to stretch out and watch the tropical scenery of Southeast Asia slip past you from the train’s large, glass windows. www.belmond.com ◼
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© This article was first published online in Jan 2019 – World Travel Magazine.