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Engage with Village Elders in Thailand
The extraordinary “Epic Thailand” journey aboard the Eastern & Oriental Express engages passengers with local customs and traditions in an uncommonly authentic way. On the morning after your first night aboard, the iconic cream and green train stops in the northeast province of Isan, where passengers are guided through a traditional village that few tourists reach. Speak with locals about their trade and daily life, and participate in a Bai Sii (sacred thread) ceremony performed by the village elders. During this ancient ritual, sacred threads are tied around each passenger’s wrist to offer friendship and protection for the journey.
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