Some of the greatest journeys in Asia can be travelled in style on the finest railways in the world. Think outstanding backdrops and exciting excursions with opulent luxury in new exotic places to return to at the end of the day. |
The Indian Palace on Wheels
Live like a Maharajah on the aptly-named Palace on Wheels through some of India’s most spectacular destinations. Essentially a five-star hotel on wheels rolling through some of the most beautiful vistas in the world, this train offers luxury, comfort and exciting adventure all at once.
Wonder at the Taj Mahal, visit beautiful walled cities and partake in some amazing tiger spotting in Ranthambore National Park. This route also includes the famous cities of Jaipur and Jodhpur and some of the most delicious food you will eat in your life. You can journey into the Himalayas onboard, and get direct return flights from London for convenience at the end of this exciting trip.
Singapore to Bangkok on the Eastern and Oriental
How does being transported back to the Colonial era, but with all of the creature comforts of the twenty-first century sound? Part of the Orient-Express group, this week-long train trip could be the adventure for you. The ‘Classic’ journey is from Singapore to Bangkok, covering 1,255 miles of beautiful landscapes which you can appreciate while enjoying good wine, food and conversation, with smartly-uniformed attendants on hand to help make your trip as pleasant and comfortable as possible.
You can see Kuala Lumpur’s impressive night time cityscape, the River Kwai Bridge, the island of Penang and George Town from the train, or you can take a closer look on organised excursions. The train boasts an observation tower which offers splendid views (and is a great place to enjoy some cocktails), a dining car serving gourmet cuisine for all tastes (for when you tire of the Oriental flavours) and an exquisitely designed bar car, complete with live pianist and evening entertainment.
Although the cabins are a bit on the ‘cosy’ side (5.7 square metres as standard), the experience overshadows this – and that’s what you’re here for at the end of the day.
The Qinzang Railway: China to Tibet
Enjoy first class rail journeying, delightful cuisine and some of the most breath-taking views on the planet. You’ll spend quite a long time onboard (it’s a 44-hour journey from Beijing to Lhasa), but with the amazing scenery and luxurious surroundings the duration won’t be an issue. In 10 days you’ll experience the bustling metropolises of China, dazzling temples, snowy mountains and Everest’s base camp.
With day trips organised to bring out the best in each destination, you can break off and buy some souvenirs or stay in a monastery tent or guest house if you want to do your own thing.
Preparing for your Rail Adventure
You could almost forget where you are when onboard one of these luxurious automotives, but it’s essential to remember to buy travel insurance for Asia. My team of experts can advise you about travel insurance for Asia, for couples, for families and for anyone with pre-existing medical conditions. Don’t let the unforeseen spoil your trip of a lifetime.
Patrick Chong is the Managing Director of InsureMore, an award-winning team of specialists in global single trip, family and annual travel insurance for those planning to travel for business or leisure. If you're looking for the best deal on travel insurance for Asia or policies for Europe, Africa, USA, Australia and anywhere else in the world, InsureMore can help. Besides offering great deals on travel insurance, Patrick also collects and shares the best free travel competitions to help his clients get the most out of their holidays.
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