Luxury train travel in Asia is experiencing a renaissance with the emerging "slow train" movement designed for relaxing multi-day journeys marked by ultra luxury, striking design, exquisite dining, and peerless service. In recent years Japan Rail has launched three of the world's finest luxury slow trains—Shiki-Shima, Seven Stars, and Twilight Express Mizukaze, while the Belmond introduced two new luxury journeys in Malaysia, including plying the legenadary Jungle Line, and in India, train remains the finest way to explore the treasures of Rajasthan.
Luxury Slow Train to Hokkaido
Surpassing the Seven Stars in Kyushu as the world's most luxurious train, the Shiki-Shima was recently launched by Japan Railways East to ply the route between Tokyo and Hokkaido with seasonal journeys of 2-4 days featuring ultra stylish suites, world-class dining, and lounge cars with panoramic views. The ultra-modern concept train with traditional motifs was a prestigious Good Design Awards winner.
EASTERN & ORIENTAL EXPRESS
Bangkok to Singapore Vintage Luxury
One of the world's most legendary train lines featuring vintage opulence on journeys of meandering over three nights along the Malaysian peninsula through rice plantations, jungle forest, passing ancient temples and small villages. During stops along the route, exploring Penang's foodie capital, Georgetown, and tropical island paradise, Langkawi.
Vintage Luxury on the Jungle Line
From March through October, depart from Singapore on four-day journey into the lush jungles of Malaysia, visit the world’s oldest rainforests in Taman Negara National Park, home of the endangered Malayan tiger, culinary and cultural adventures in Penang with blissful moments of relaxation on the Eastern & Oriental Express
TWILIGHT EXPRESS MIZUKAZE
Coastlines of Western Honshū by Train
The stylish Art-Deco Mizukaze, or "fresh wind" train, departs from Kyoto with only three dozen passengers on one or two-night trips along the tranquil coastlines of western Honshu, taking in the scenery along both the Sea of Japan and the stunning Inland Sea. Highlights include fine dining and stop at an exclusive onsen (hot springs) resort.
Rajasthan by Luxury Chain
A "Palace on Wheels," India's most luxurious train canvases the highlights of Rajasthan on journeys of 3-10 days, by far the most covenient, but also comfortable way to travel the north. The Maharajas features a spa carriage and 24-hour private English-speaking butler service, with spacious luxury cabins and en-suite shower rooms.
ESSENCE OF MALAYSIA
Belmond Luxury Slow Train
From November through February, depart Singapore toward Kuala Lumpur, passing rice paddy fields and rural villages, pausing halfway to cruise by boat through Pulau Payar Marine Park in Langkawi with thriving sea life, and Penang Island, where for a culinary outing or a cultural and art-focused tour to Georgetown's Old Quarter.
Slow Train Luxury in Kyushu
The Seven Stars, Japan's first Luxury Cruise Train is the finest luxury sleeper in the world, which meanders along the picturesque coastline and through striking volcanic landscapes of national parks and hot springs of Kyushu island in Southern Japan. Seven Stars offers two and four-day itineraries for passengers in one of only 12 spacious suites.