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Scenic railway journey from Bangkok to Singapore and more

Travel news This week, book a scenic railway journey from Bangkok to Singapore and earn a complimentary hotel stay, or climb volcanoes in Ecuador.

The Eastern & Oriental Express crosses the bridge over the River Kwai in Thailand. Ian Lloyd / Orient-Express Hotels (UK) Ltdver
The Eastern & Oriental Express crosses the bridge over the River Kwai in Thailand. Ian Lloyd / Orient-Express Hotels (UK) Ltdver

From Bangkok to Singapore

The "Asian Adventures" package with Orient-Express includes a complimentary stay at one of many five-star Orient-Express properties across Asia when you book a classic journey on the Eastern & Oriental Express from Singapore to Bangkok or vice versa. Guests receive a two-night stay at one of the following hotels: Jimbaran Puri and Ubud Hanging Gardens in Bali; the historic La Residence d'Angkor in Cambodia; La Residence Phou Vao in Luang Prabang, Laos; the Governor's Residence in Yangon, Myanmar; or Napasai Resort in Koh Samui, Thailand.

Orient-Express's classic journeys comprise a series of train voyages that take guests through Malaysia and Thailand. Highlights of the ride between Singapore and Bangkok include a visit to the River Kwai bridge station, where guests disembark for a river cruise, a stop at the Thailand-Myanmar Railway Centre and a guided tour of colonial Georgetown on Penang Island. Prices for the three-day-four-night trip start at US$2,320 (Dh8,521) in a Pullman, $3,300 (Dh12,120) in a state cabin and $4,770 (Dh17,520) in a presidential suite. Prices are per person based on two people sharing, and include all meals on board, complimentary hot beverages and sightseeing tours. The offer is valid for travel before March 15. For further information, call 00 65 6395 0678 or visit www.easternandorientalexpress.com. Mention the booking code HVOU when making reservations.

Orissa, India

Visit the eastern Indian states of Orissa and Chattisgarh on Wild Frontiers's 15-day "Age of Kali" tour. Explore the temples of Bhubaneshwar and Puri, stop in Chattisgarh to buy exquisite Kosa silk, stroll through the vibrant Friday market at Kundali, meet indigenous tribes in rural villages, stay in classic heritage hotels and finish off in culture-rich Kolkata, the capital of the state of West Bengal. The trip also includes walks through the dense hillside forests of Koruput. The land-only trip from March 5 to 19 costs £2,295 (Dh13,374) per person full-board, and includes government passes and permits, entrance fees and all transport outlined in the tour itinerary. Visit www.wildfrontiers.co.uk or call 00 44 20 7736 3968.

Singapore, Kuala Lumpur

To commemorate Chinese New Year, which falls on February 3, Singapore Airlines has launched promotional fares to Singapore and Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Langkawi) for a limited period. Return economy-class fares to Singapore from Abu Dhabi and Dubai start from Dh2,025, a 25 per cent reduction on the standard fare, and to Malaysia from Dh2,045, down by 22 per cent, including taxes. Tickets are valid for sale until January 31 and the offer is valid for travel between January 1 and February 28. For more details, call 02 622 1110 or visit www.singaporeair.com.

Ecuador

Experience Ecuador's volcanic landscape on Exodus's 16-day adventure trip. The famous avenue of volcanoes features some of the world's highest peaks. The trip starts in Quito with a short city tour, followed by an acclimatisation hike around the Cuicocha Crater Lake. Then comes the Pinan trek among the highlands of the Cotacachi-Cayapas Reserve before heading south to climb Imbabura volcano. After a short visit to the native Indian market at Otavalo, practise your ice skills on Cayambe Volcano's glaciers - the only ones in the world that cross the Equator. The focus of the expedition is ascending Cotopaxi, which at 5,897m, is the world's second highest active volcano.

The land-only trip costs £1,399 (Dh8,152) per person and includes all breakfasts, 11 lunches and nine dinners, with accommodation in hotels, camps and mountain huts. The tough Cotopaxi climb is included in the price but is optional. Departures are set for February 26 and March 12. Visit www.exodus.co.uk for more information.

ciyer@thenational.ae