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Eastern & Oriental Express Singapore to Bangkok

The Eastern & Oriental Express Singapore to Bangkok tour is the most luxurious train journey in all of Southeast Asia. While running along a scenic route through Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore, aboard you’ll enjoy superb cuisine, five star service, and first-rate accommodation as you make your way across the Malay Peninsula.

Beginning your journey in Singapore, experience the legendary charm of this independent city state. It's justly famous for its food, which bears influences from China, India and Malaysia, among countless other cultures.

As you board the train and settle into your compartment, take a moment to notice the little details. The furniture, crafted by skilled artisans from cherry wood, the fine fabrics and the brocaded lampshades. Your bed is perfectly placed to gaze out of your own private window, where you can watch the landscapes of palms, rice paddies and mountains drift by with your morning coffee. Top chefs serve up a fusion of western and eastern cuisine, with dinner served in one of two dining cars with full silver service. 

You’ll alight for a tour of Kuala Kangsar, a royal town in the state of Perak, Malaysia, and again on the River Kwai Bridge in Thailand. 

Arrive in Bangkok full of memories, but your journey is not over yet. The next four nights will be spent in this breathlessly exciting city, exploring night markets, temples and secret waterways. If you’re looking to experience Southeast Asia in the lap of luxury, this is the tour for you.

Duration
10 days
Options
Group basis, Escorted
Start your journey
Marina Bay View Singapore

Trip highlights

  • Travel from Singapore to Bangkok aboard one of the world’s most luxurious trains
  • Watch the landscape roll by as you sip champagne and enjoy fine cuisine
  • See the world change around you from the Observation Car
  • Spend five nights exploring the exciting cities of Bangkok and Singapore
a bridge over a body of water with a city in the background

Arrive at Singapore Changi Airport and head to your hotel. You’ll spend the next three days exploring the sights and sounds of this fabulous city.

Explore the vibrant foodie paradises of Little India and Chinatown, or enjoy a classic Singapore Sling at the Raffles Hotel. There are some fantastic Michelin-starred restaurants to tempt your tastebuds, as well as pretty gardens and opulent hotels. Shop along Orchard Road, where you’ll find plenty of designer stores, before trying the delicious fusion of eastern and western cuisines in one of the city’s many fantastic restaurants.

In the evening, we recommend a drink at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, which features a mall, beautiful architecture and a rooftop bar where you can look out over the city.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Raffles Hotel
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Today you’ll check in at Raffles Hotel, transferring to the Eastern & Oriental Express at Woodland Railway Station. Once you’ve boarded the train, spend some time settling into your compartment.

Afternoon tea is served just as the train travels over the Causeway Bridge separating Singapore from Malaysia. The jungle scenery makes for a stunning backdrop to your journey and will immerse you in the spectacular landscapes of the area.

As evening falls, put on your best and enjoy cocktails in the dining car, where a pianist will provide the soundtrack to your evening.

After dinner, the train pulls in to Kuala Lumpur’s grand Moorish-style station.

Suggested Accommodation

  • On board the Oriental Express
National Museum Kuala Lumpur

After a good breakfast (served in bed if you prefer) the train arrives into Kuala Kangsar, the royal seat of the state of Perak. The town is notable for its grand architecture, including the fabulous Ubudiah Mosque, the Perak Royal Museum, and the Sultan Shah Gallery. You can visit all three sites before returning to the train.
Lunch is served with a view over the state’s forests, rice paddies and limestone karsts. After you’ve eaten, wander up to the Observation Car where you can watch the landscape change around you.

Suggested Accommodation

  • On board the Oriental Express
Eastern & Oriental Express Bangkok to Singapore

This morning the train will halt at the River Kwai Bridge, which was built by Allied Prisoners of War during the Second World War. Embark on a boat tour beneath the bridge while a local historian gives a talk on the Thailand-Burma Railway and its harrowing history. Next, there’s a visit to a museum and a trip to one of the area’s war cemeteries.

You’ll return to the train in time for lunch and for the final section of your journey.

As you reach Hualamphong Station in the centre of Bangkok it is time to bid farewell to your train crew and your fellow passengers. You’ll be taken to your hotel, where you’ll spend four nights sampling the delights of the city.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Shangri-La Bangkok or similar
Wat Suthat Temple
Wat Suthat Temple

Spend your time in Bangkok at your leisure. Visit the great temples of Wat Pho and Wat Phra Kaew, eat delicious street food in the neon streets of Chinatown, or explore the city’s many beautiful waterways.

There are some spectacular modern mall to explore if you enjoy shopping for designer labels. Alternatively, head to the markets to pick up trinkets and local handicrafts. Haggle for spectacular items or watch as the locals enjoy a friendly bartering. The floating markets are incredible and can be explored by boat.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Shangri-La Bangkok or similar
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Shangri-La Bangkok

Bangkok

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 €1,259  pp

Shangri-La Bangkok

On your final day you’ll head to Bangkok International Airport for your onward flight. 

 

Included

  • International flights and airfare taxes
  • Cost of accommodation (double room based on two people sharing) for a total of 9 nights (alternative but similar accommodation may be used at certain times of the year)
  • Board basis is Full Board: all table d'hôte meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), including house spirits, local beer and soft drinks throughout the journey aboard the Eastern & Oriental Express
  • Complimentary tea and coffee in cabins aboard the Eastern & Oriental Express
  • 24 hour onboard service and entertainment aboard the Eastern & Oriental Express
  • Private/small group (air-conditioned) transport / transfers
  • Assistance and porterage: meeting and assistance on arrival/departure at airports and hotels
  • English-speaking local guides for all guided excursions as illustrated in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees (excluding video camera fee) for all guided excursions as illustrated in the itinerary

Not included

  • Visa arrangements and fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Premium drinks and drinks ordered to guest cabins aboard the Eastern & Oriental Express
  • Personal expenses, such as alcoholic beverages, telephone calls, laundry, camera fees, spa and business facilities in the hotels
  • Video and professional still camera fees during excursions
  • Gratuities for drivers, local guides, and hotel staff
  • Meals (unless specified)
  • Optional attractions and excursions (unless specified)