on the Orient Express
23.07.2012 - 26.07.2012
There is nothing better than a chilled bottle of champagne awaiting your arrival on the Orient Express. The crystal flutes and silver ice bucket are a lovely start to the level of service to come over the next 4 days.
After enjoying a glass it is a good idea to clean up and settle in.
There is not much space for clothes and necessities, but it is possible to tuck it all away in the small cabinets. The biggest challenge is actually ironing the dress clothes that have been packed away for a couple of weeks. Make sure you are the first one to request the ironing board, because there is only one allotted to the car. If the board is up only one person can stand up (if there are multiple people in a Pullman cabin it is recommended that one person showers while the other irons.......that way the ironer can properly navigate the minimal space without risking burning his roommate)
Afternoon tea time is a highlight, when the serving man somehow manages to navigate the tiny hallways to deliver a large tray to the small room. It includes a silver teapot, fine china and delicious treats. there seems to be just enough room to set the tray down and enjoy the delicious snack.
If you need some extra relaxing there is a reflexologist on the train. She is available by appointment for some comforting foot care.
Dinner is without a doubt some of the best gourmet food in Asia. Multiple courses are served by skilled staff and even with the clicks and clacks of the train, the crystal glasses never fell over under our watch. After dinner there were options to go to the observation car, the back bar of the mid bar to listen to Peter the Piano Man or watch (and participate in) some traditional dance.
After dinner and entertainment there is usually a little treat on your pillow. The first night there was a lovely offering that we placed at the cemetery at the death railway museum by the bridge over the River Kwai.
When you settle in for the night and expect to be rocked to sleep (especially on the Thai track lines!)