Lonely Planet Writer

Tourists make lucky escape from burning train in Thailand

The Eastern and Oriental Express at Kanchanaburi station.
The Eastern and Oriental Express at Kanchanaburi station. Image by David Jones / CC BY 2.0

Around 160 tourists escaped harm after a luxury tourist train they were abroad in western Thailand caught fire on Sunday. The blaze broke out in the Eastern and Oriental Express shortly after the train left Kanchanaburi, a town famed for its world war two-era bridge. The driver disconnected the burning locomotive after spotting the flames, and the train resumed its journey to Malaysia after firefighters put out the blaze. Read more: theguardian.com