Back On The Luxury Track

The full version of this article can be found in MillionaireAsia's upcoming August 2017 issue.

There’s no denying the benefits of flying, but when time permits, the more leisurely and stylish way to travel is by luxury train. Here is a preview of the two best luxury trains around the world.

Belmond Eastern & Oriental Express, Asia

Southeast Asia’s Belmond Eastern & Oriental Express recaptures the romance of travel before the onset of over-crowded airports and budget airlines.

Renowned for its elegance and top-notch service, there’s the option of a two-night jaunt to Bangkok, or slightly longer exploration of Malaysia via Kuala Lumpur, the Cameron Highlands and Penang.

Stylish teak cabins with Asian accents are equipped with windows designed for taking in the views of gleaming temples, tea plantations, traditional villages and historic monuments rolling by.

The Royal Scotsman, Europe

Belmond operates the famous Venice Simplon-Orient Express, The Northern Belle, The British Pullman (with a steam train option for a truly nostalgic ride), plus the magnificent The Royal Scotsman, which ticks off UK, London, Paris, Prague, Budapest and Istanbul.

While the luxury trappings and heritage good looks entice, it’s the astounding Highland scenery with its mountains, lochs, iridescent colours and glimpses of castles that will captivate.

The train’s dapper, masculine carriages are richly furnished with 1920s marquetry, subdued tartans and leather accents, with ensuite bathrooms and mod-cons.

Text and Images courtesy of Simon Westcott, CEO and Owner of LUXE City Guides |


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