The Jakarta Post
The Eastern and Oriental Express, in collaboration with Save Wild Tigers, is to launch the Tiger Express in September to raise awareness of the plight of wild tigers. (Eastern & Oriental Express/File)
The Eastern and Oriental Express of the Belmond Company and Save Wild Tigers, a global tiger conservation charity, have partnered up to launch the Tiger Express.
To commence on Sept. 7, the railway route aims to raise awareness of the plight of the world’s few remaining wild tigers. According to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), there are now only 3,800 wild tigers left in the world.
The six-night itinerary takes passengers on a luxury train from Bangkok to Singapore through historic tiger habitats in Malaysia and Thailand. During the journey, passengers visit the River Kwai and Malaysia’s Kuala Kangsar. Before departing they stay at the Siam Bangkok and at the end of the trip they stay at Raffles Singapore.
Save Wild Tiger’s founder Simon Clinton said, “With potentially as few as 10 years left to save this iconic species from extinction, the clock really is ticking. We are really proud and grateful to be working with the Eastern and Oriental Express once again in providing passengers a chance to experience a trip of a lifetime. Profits from our all of our campaigns go toward creating global awareness campaigns for the cause and funding targeted tiger conservation projects.”
The exteriors of the Tiger Express train’s cars are to feature tiger elements curated by Chinese artist and Save Wild Tigers ambassador Jacky Tsai. The designs are to be revealed ahead of the journey in September.
Ping Coombes, winner of MasterChef UK 2014, is to act as chef for the train’s passengers.
Prices start from £3,724 (US$4,873) per person. That includes meals, accommodations, three nights on board the train, two excursions and transfers to and from the train. Up to 20 percent of the ticket price goes directly to Save Wild Tigers.
For more information, visit Belmond.com. (wng)