The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Destination Asia - SU­SAN KURO­SAWA

TALES of Laos is an oc­ca­sional four-day of­fer­ing, from Bangkok to Vi­en­tiane and back, aboard the East­ern & Ori­en­tal Ex­press, with one-night stays (and break­fasts) at the Thai cap­i­tal’s le­gendary Man­darin Ori­en­tal Ho­tel thrown in be­fore and af­ter the jour­ney. This glam­orous Ori­ent-ex­press sis­ter train usu­ally runs be­tween Sin­ga­pore and Bangkok but its ex­ten­sion itin­er­ar­ies, un­der the Chron­i­cles of South-east Asia ban­ner, are more leisurely in feel (some are as long as seven days), with myr­iad stops and es­corted tour­ing. In 2012, the first Tales of Laos de­par­ture is Jan­uary 22. More: ori­ent-ex­

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