September 4, 2011 |
Luxury passenger rail company Eastern & Oriental Express offers a seven-day trip from Singapore to Bangkok with some off-the-radar stops and excursions in Malaysia and Thailand. Fables of the Hills starts at Singapore's train station and includes visits to Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), tea plantations in the Cameron Highlands (Malaysia), the island of Penang (Malaysia), the "monkey training college" in Surat Thani (Thailand), where monkeys learn how to pick coconuts, and the famed River Kwai bridge (Thailand)
June 20, 2010 |
It seemed like a brilliant idea at the time: touring Turkey by train. Turkey was at the top of my list of countries I had yet to conquer, and trains have long been my favorite mode of transportation. Conjuring images of the old Orient Express, I envisioned lounging under a silk-shaded sconce in my plushly upholstered, wood-paneled compartment as the Mediterranean coast glided past my window. There were, it turns out, a couple of problems with that picture. Turkish passenger trains didn't travel along the Mediterranean.
July 18, 2004 |
After a trip last month from Paris to the Loire Valley on the Pullman Orient Express, I decided there are trains to get you where you want to go and then there's the Orient Express, for cross-cultural lessons and pure, unadulterated joy. Just as in the glamorous heyday of train travel in the early 20th century, it is all polished service and old-world style, right out of Agatha Christie's "Murder on the Orient Express."
February 17, 2002
A weeklong luxury train tour of England, Scotland and Wales will be offered six times, May 3 through October, by Orient Express Trains & Cruises, which runs the Venice-Simplon-Orient Express in Europe and other lines in Asia and Australia. The "Grand Tour of Great Britain" will be the company's first weeklong tour of Britain; its other excursions there last a day or a weekend. Passengers will travel by day on the Northern Belle train and stay overnight at hotels along the way.
April 20, 2001 |
A dark and mysterious thing has happened. Agatha Christie's masterful Belgian detective of an earlier time, Hercule Poirot, has disappeared. The wax-sculpted mustache with tips saluting the heavens like tiny cathedral spires? Gone. The "twinkle" in the eye? Gone. The "mincing gait with . . . feet tightly enclosed in . . . patent leather shoes"? Gone. The vain, prissy, fussy, dust-free, dandified, sexually ambivalent, immodest little man who sees "with the eyes of the mind"? Gone.
August 11, 2000 |
The Orient Express rode into the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday: Orient-Express Hotels Ltd., owner of the fabled train and luxury hotels around the world, rose 4% in its NYSE trading debut after raising a less-than-expected $190 million in its initial public offering. The stock (OEH) gained 75 cents to $19.75 in first-day trading of 5.5 million shares.