30 Nov '12, 6pm

Around the world by rail: part three - Bangkok to Singapore

There is no time to ask him precisely what he means but on one level he is rather stating the obvious, for to travel from Bangkok to Singapore is to move from the chaotic rough-and-tumble Asia of the last century to the ordered, organised and super-efficient Asia of the 21st century, from frenzied, exotic Thailand after Thaksin Shinawatra to Lee Kuan Yew's modern economic tiger. And to travel between the great Asian centres by luxury train is to witness these contrasting aspects in slow motion. As the train pulls out of the station promptly at 17.50 I feel a twinge of sadness leaving behind a city that over three decades I have come to love.

Full article: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/journeysbyrail/9714949/...

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