Eastern & Oriental Express – The Photo Essay

The best way to describe what the Eastern & Oriental Express was really like is to simply show you – after all, don’t they say a picture is worth a thousand words.

Below we have put together a photo essay to showcase the best of our train trip (you will even see us dressed to the max in a suit & evening dress :P) - also if you would like to read more about the train and our personal journey – you can click here.

The observation car was one of our favorite things about the E&O – located at the very end of the train, you could enjoy the landscape sweeping past, slowly changing as you traveled from the south in Singapore all the way up north to Bangkok.

Those getting up early to watch the sunrise through the mist were served hot tea, which added a nice touch to the colonial ambience of the car.

Our conversations during lunch were always interrupted by one of us going “hey – look at that!” pointing out the window, seeing something odd, funny or amazing.

Like Agatha Christie says: Trains are wonderful… to travel by train is to see nature and human beings, towns… and rivers, in fact, to see life.

This journey was all about relaxing, indulging and enjoying yourself.

After all the extra hassle that comes with planning your own travels, it was really nice to have a break and just sit back and relax letting the exceptional and friendly staff take care of everything for you, from the excursions to the wonderful food.

When darkness fell outside the window, the train got even brighter and livelier inside – men dressed up in tuxedos and a tie, women putting on their evening dresses and glimmering jewels, and the piano bar full of people mingling after dinner with a glass of wine or two.


And finally, the food – those who know me are well aware that I have a SERIOUS sweet tooth, so as you can see I was very spoiled with all the beautiful desserts and sweets served on the train.

Note: Our trip was sponsored by Eastern & Oriental Express, but as always our opinions are our own.

17 Responses to Eastern & Oriental Express – The Photo Essay

  1. Ellen Rabiner July 9, 2012 at 10:46 am #

    It looks gorgeous! I hope you’ll be writing more about it. And can you tell us how much it would cost?

    • Sofia - As We Travel July 9, 2012 at 12:06 pm #

      It was wonderful – you can read more about our trip here: http://www.aswetravel.com/eastern-oriental-express-a-journey-like-no-other/ and we also shot a travel video from the trip, which will be posted soon – prices vary depending on your dates, cabins and route – you can view them here: http://www.orient-express.com/web/eoe/departures_prices.jsp

  2. Doreen Pendgracs July 10, 2012 at 4:06 am #

    What a wonderful trip! And the food looks absolutely divine!

    I shall have to add that one to my Bucket List. Glad to see some chocolate in those pics!

    • Sofia - As We Travel July 10, 2012 at 5:38 am #

      Hey Doreen – oh yes the food was amazing :) and of course we had a lot of yummy chocolate!

  3. roel July 17, 2012 at 4:23 pm #

    It looks really fantastic! A new dream!!

    • Nathan July 17, 2012 at 5:04 pm #

      Hey Roel – glad to inspire, def. put this train trip on your bucket list! :)

  4. Migration Expert July 18, 2012 at 9:12 am #

    I was distracted by your dessert photos, though I don’t eat sweets that much, seeing them makes me say yummy! And again, great post and awesome photos! :)

    • Sofia July 29, 2012 at 11:44 am #

      Thanks! Every dish was beautifully presented, as I have a sweet tooth I loved the desserts, but the mains and pre courses were all very yummy.

  5. Franca July 19, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

    What a fab journey! We are thinking of doing a long train journey too but ‘slightly’ different.. We want to take the Trans Siberian train, have you ever thought of doping it too (unless you’ve done it already)?

    ITALIAN/Franca

    • Sofia July 29, 2012 at 11:49 am #

      We’ve also been thinking about traveling on the Trans Siberian Railway but haven’t gotten around to it yet, it seems like an amazing journey!

  6. Liz | Two Weeks to Travel July 27, 2012 at 4:13 pm #

    Great pics! Both the food and the views are amazing!

    • Sofia July 29, 2012 at 11:54 am #

      Thanks Liz, yes everything was truly amazing :)

  7. Jeremy August 6, 2012 at 1:52 am #

    Looked just a tad bit nicer than the “Balkan Express” I took from Istanbul to Sofia, Bulgaria. I did manage to pay the conductor for some beef stew he made in a pot on the floor of his cabin, but that fresh fish and beautiful Asian woman dancing looked a little more entertaining than the company on my soviet-era chugger…

    • Sofia September 28, 2012 at 8:51 am #

      Haha good to know that beef goes a long way ;)

      Last year we took a train from Istanbul to Bucharest, going via Sofia – it was the worst train ride of my life (took 36 hours, and 3/4 of the train left us in Sofia), with no food or ventilation.

      So yes, this train ride was very different in every way possible, haha!

  8. Sue September 28, 2012 at 5:33 am #

    The desserts look to tempting my mouth is already watering… Thanks for sharing such an informative blog.

    • Sofia September 28, 2012 at 8:52 am #

      The desserts on the Eastern Oriental Express are amazing, worth the trip alone ;)

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