Great Asian Railways Journeys

Season 1

Season 1, Episode 10 - Singapore

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Michael's railway tour reaches its final stop, Singapore. The island city-state at the southern tip of Malaysia is one of Asia’s biggest success stories. Travelling on the extensive MRT rail network to the west side of the island, Michael visits a vast construction site that’s to become the world’s largest fully automated ...

Season 1, Episode 9 - Kuala Lumpur To Johor Bahru

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Michael Portillo continues his exploration of the Malaysian peninsula. Beginning in its dynamic and diverse capital, Kuala Lumpur, his railway journey heads to the very southern tip of Malaysia and the historic city of Johor Bahru, the gateway to Singapore.

Season 1, Episode 8 - Penang To Cameron Highlands

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Michael Portillo’s South East Asian travels reach Malaysia - once a British colony. Michael’s journey begins on the island of Penang, Britain’s first stronghold in the region. Here he rides one of the steepest, fastest and most exhilarating funicular railways in the world and steps into a tropical paradise as he releases e...

Season 1, Episode 7 - Yogyakarta To Surabaya

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Beginning in Java’s royal city, Yogyakarta, Michael visits the Sultan’s Palace and witnesses the ancient art of shadow puppetry known as Wayang. This revered form of storytelling was instrumental in the spread of Islam across the Indonesian archipelago.

Season 1, Episode 6 - Jakarta To Borobudur

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Michael Portillo’s 2500-mile railway tour of South East Asia reaches its southern most point in Indonesia. His journey begins on the island of Java at the heart of this archipelago nation, the world’s fourth most populous.

Season 1, Episode 5 - Hue To Halong Bay

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Michael Portillo continues his thousand-mile journey aboard the Unification Railway from Ho Chi Minh City in the south to the capital, Hanoi, and on to the vast northern port of Haiphong. He finishes amid the limestone islets in the turquoise waters of Halong Bay.

Season 1, Episode 4 - Ho Chi Minh To Hoi An

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Michael Portillo boards Vietnam’s spectacular Unification Railway to make a one thousand-mile journey from Ho Chi Minh City in the south to the capital, Hanoi. He visits the vast container port of Haiphong and finishes in the turquoise waters of Halong Bay.

Season 1, Episode 3 - Bangkok To Hua Hin

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Michael Portillo continues his exploration of Thailand by rail, steered by his 1913 Bradshaw’s guide. He steps into the ring under the guidance of champion trainer, Master Toddy, to learn Muay Thai boxing. Can he perfect the Cobra inspired right hook?

Season 1, Episode 2 - Chiang Mai To The River Kwai

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Michael Portillo embarks on a two-part rail adventure through Thailand from the northern city of Chiang Mai to Kanchanaburi on the River Kwai, and from Bangkok to the southern beach resort of Hua Hin.

Season 1, Episode 1 - Hong Kong

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Beginning in Hong Kong, Michael investigates the shocking drug wars, as a result of which Britain won the island and Kowloon from China, and the impact today of their return alongside that of the leased New Territories. Amid mass demonstrations, Michael asks Hong Kongers in Wan Chai what is at stake for them now.