If you thought train travel was just a quick way to get from A to B with as many underwhelming meals along the way as possible, prepare to have your world shaken to its core. We’ve found some truly spectacular rail journeys on our global quest for the best travel experience ever. Some are short overnight sleepers through the Himalayas, others span the width of a continent, or take you deep into the grasslands of Mongolia. We’ve got train journeys to whisk you south from Cairo into the shifting sands of Luxor, or rail-bound trips to the little islands of the southern Thai archipelago. Next stop: paradise.