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Art in Motion: Belmond’s Eastern and Oriental Express

Set foot on Belmond’s Eastern and Oriental Express and experience it like never before. Last week, Belmond introduced its new concept in luxury travel with the unveiling of the Eastern and Oriental Express – which acts as a ‘rolling canvas’, showcasing a masterpiece by Singapore-based emerging artist Rajesh Kumar.

The exterior of two of the iconic carriages features his one of a kind artwork called ‘The Koi Pond,’ which depicts the joy of travel, movement and the coming together of friends and family.

Rajesh’s artwork, ‘The Koi Pond.’

“The Koi Pond, has always been something I have been fascinated about. Throughout my journey, it had made me feel like a koi fish in a pond. The colours and vibrancy of the fish and the water that displays emotions in many and felt it would beautifully represent Eastern & Oriental Express in aspects of luxurious travels,” comments Rajesh.

To curate a full sensory experience, Belmond also worked with creative experts in their respective fields – namely leading mixologists Cocktail Professor, with a new cocktail menu that combines modern techniques with classic cocktail etiquette and imaginative presentation, and award-winning DJ and music producer, Mr Has.

The interior of the ‘Eastern & Oriental Express.

The latter, also Asia Pacific Music Director for W Hotels and co-founder of trendy club Cherry Discotheque, dreamt up a contemporary soundscape for the train – combining live recordings of cool jazz with uplifting future classics and deep grooves.

A beautiful cabin of The Belmond Grand Hibernian displaying artwork and brimming with Irish charm. (Image credit: Belmond)

Belmond isn’t a stranger to bringing art on rails. The Belmond Grand Hibernian, Ireland’s only sleeper train, comes with a curated collection of artworks by both emerging and prominent artists. Called ‘Inspirations of Ireland,’ the collection was curated by Belfast-born international art consultant Katie Kennedy Perez based on the artists’ personal views of Ireland and its landscapes.

Eastern & Oriental Express travels between Singapore and Bangkok on 2- and 3-night journeys from January to April, and September to December, and accommodates up to 82 passengers in all en-suite cabins.

For full details and bookings visit or call reservations on 0845 0772222.

Art in Motion: Belmond’s Eastern and Oriental Express

Dewi Nurjuwita

Senior Writer

Dewi Nurjuwita is a travel and design writer who can be found exploring the streets of foreign cities with passport in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other.


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