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Eastern and Oriental Express Travelogue
Aug 19 2011 (23:46)
News Entry# 34782 Eastern & Oriental Express Singapore to Bangkok train trip review
Posted by: rdb*^ Added by: rdb*^ Aug 19 2011 (23:46)
A white envelope is waiting at reception when my wife and I check in to Raffles Hotel in Singapore. It is not good news. A freight train has been derailed in northern Thailand, trapping the southbound Eastern & Oriental Express until they can clear the damaged wagons.Introduced in 1993 as Asia's answer to Europe's glamorous Venice Simplon Orient Express (and run by the same people), the E&O is now on its way to Singapore 24 hours late. At the earliest, tomorrow's northbound train to Bangkok will not leave until late afternoonStill, we have more time to enjoy Raffles, an oasis of old-world colonial charm and not just a five-star place to stay. "That's where they shot the tiger, hiding beneath the billiard table, in 1902," the hotel's resident historian, Leslie Danker, says as he shows us around. A Singapore Sling at the Long Bar completes our Raffles experience, an affordable indulgence...