Riding on the Orient Express

Published Date Author: , July 30th, 2012

Gay Travel: Riding on the Orient ExpressBeads of sweat trickle down my forehead on a muggy night in Bangkok when I realize I’m late for the Eastern & Oriental Express train. I’ve missed the shuttle from my hotel and my baggage bounces over the unevenly paved streets as I run to the station in a panic.

As I fly down the platform, my dress billows behind me. I feel like a character in an old movie as I sprint for the train, but it’s not Paris in the 1920s and I’m not chasing the love of my life. Instead, I plan to be chasing back martinis as I journey through northeast Thailand’s picturesque landscapes of rice paddy fields and lush hilltops, en route to Laos on this modern luxury train.

Flustered, I hop on seconds before the green and cream train toot-toots out of the station, and just as I imagined, it’s as though I’ve landed in a bygone era. Cherry-wood-walled corridors inlaid with deep-set maroon carpets pave the way to elm-burr paneled cabins, outfitted with floral-patterned furniture and adorned with veneers of rosewood marquetry and intricate inlays.

Authored By Charmaine Noronha – See the Full Story at Edge Boston

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