Guests are invited to experience Southeast Asia in style aboard the Eastern & Oriental Express, passing vibrant cities, rural villages and gleaming pagodas, all while enjoying cocktails, fine dining, convivial company and spectacular views. Self-professed “masters of the art of luxury train travel”, the Eastern & Oriental Express staff provides the perfect balance between leisure on board and inspiring excursions further afield.
The Eastern & Oriental Express is inviting guests to peruse its new season itineraries for opportunities to experience Southeast Asia like never before.
Singapore to Bangkok, three nights
Day one: Bangkok
Board the gleaming carriages of the Eastern & Oriental Express at Bangkok’s Hua Lamphong Station in the evening. A steward will show guests to their elegant private cabin, where they have time to settle in as the journey begins. Head to the teakwood Observation Car to enjoy spectacular open views of the sun setting over the lush landscapes. Dress for dinner before taking a seat in one of the sumptuous Restaurant Cars. Indulge in a gastronomic feast of eastern and western specialties, expertly prepared by onboard chefs. Afterwards, enjoy a convivial nightcap in the Bar Car while being entertained by the resident pianist. The cabin has been converted into a cosy bedroom by your steward.
Day two: Kanchanaburi
As morning breaks in rural Kanchanaburi Province, breakfast is served in the cabin. Later, the train arrives at River Kwai Station, where guests disembark for their chosen excursion:
1. Classic Tour
Cruise along the Khwae Yai River aboard a local raft, taking in views of the Thai teakwood houses along the banks. A guide provides insight into the building of the infamous railway and bridge, which were constructed by allied prisoners in World War II. After the cruise, board a coach to the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre and perhaps pay a visit to the Don Rak War Cemetery before returning to the train.
2. Cycle Tour
Board a private coach to rural Nong Kao village for an hour-long bicycle tour. Cycle through the verdant rice fields, stopping for a fascinating demonstration at a local Thai farm and refreshments. Return to the Traditional Thai Wooden House for a relaxing herbal infusion before returning to the train by coach.
3. Culinary Tour
This guided tour begins with visits to a vibrant wet market and an acclaimed rice noodle house where guests will get an insight into the traditional processes used. Guests then proceed to Wat Nue Pier to board a river raft and participate in a traditional Thai cooking class on board as they sail along the River Kwai. Disembark at Chong Kai War Cemetery for an optional visit before returning to the train by coach. Back on board, a leisurely afternoon awaits. Take time to relax and recharge the batteries before preparing for a sumptuous dinner, preceded perhaps by an enticing signature cocktail in the Bar Car. Overnight on board.
Day three: Kuala Kangsar – Kuala Lumpur
Guests may indulge in a lie-in before breakfast in their cabin as the train enters Malaysia. Observe how the landscape changes to include dramatic limestone massifs rearing up from the rice fields. Spend the morning at leisure, reading, chatting with fellow guests or gazing at the passing scenery. Lunch is served before the train arrives at Kuala Kangsar, where guests disembark for a guided tour of this fascinating royal town. See the golden-domed Ubudiah Mosque, one of Malaysia’s most majestic temples, Perak Royal Museum and the Sultan Azlan Shah Gallery, then rejoin the train as it continues southwards through the lush rainforests and rural west-coast towns of Peninsular Malaysia. Prepare to enjoy another magnificent dinner and convivial evening in the Bar Car. Overnight on board.
Day four: Johor – Singapore
Breakfast is served in the cabin as guests savour the last leg of their journey. Course through expansive palm plantations dotted with traditional settlement homes in the southernmost state of Johor. Cross the Causeway over the Straits for a late-morning arrival into cosmopolitan Singapore, the final exciting destination.
Singapore to Bangkok, two nights
Day One: Singapore – Kuala Lumpur
On arrival at The Fullerton Hotel guests are greeted by the Eastern & Oriental Express team, who assist with luggage and check-in formalities. Guests will be escorted to Woodlands Railway Station, where their steward warmly welcomes them aboard and shows them to the elegant cabin. The train leaves Singapore and crosses over the Johor Causeway into Peninsular Malaysia. As the journey continues northward guests are served a refreshing afternoon tea in their cabins. Stroll along to the Observation Car to admire the passing scenery of lush landscapes and rural settlements. Later, dress for a dinner of eastern and western specialties in the Restaurant Car, followed by an enticing cocktail or liqueur in the Bar Car where the resident pianist plays. Each guest cabin has been transformed into an inviting bedroom.
Day Two: Kuala Kangsar
As the train travels through the verdant rainforests and rural west-coast towns of Malaysia, guests enjoy a leisurely breakfast in the comfort of their cabin. Arrive at Kuala Kangsar and alight to board a coach, which whisks guests away from the city to a rural village set among the rice paddies and surrounded by hills and mountains. Here they have two excursions to choose from (whichever is chosen, comfortable walking shoes that can get a little muddy are recommended):
1. Traditional Village Experience
A chance for guests to immerse themselves in rural Malaysian life. The villagers welcome guests with a traditional martial arts dance before they sample regional food and drink and browse locally produced handicrafts. Enjoy a guided walk through the rice paddies to learn about the process of planting and harvesting before heading to a plantation where rubber, banana and durian are grown. The tour finishes with refreshments that include banana and durian chips produced from the plantation crops.
2. Hill Trek
The excursion begins with a visit to a rubber, banana and durian plantation. After sampling the delicious chips produced here, join a guide—an expert naturalist—on a walk up the hill, learning about the local area along the way. Cold towels and refreshments greet guests’ arrival at the top, alongside panoramic views over the village and surrounding rice paddies. Peer through the binoculars provided and guests may even catch a glimpse of the train waiting at nearby Padang Rengas Station.
Guests rejoin the train at Padang Rengas Station and enjoy lunch before spending a relaxing afternoon either in their cabins, the bar or the Observation Car. Look out for the picturesque limestone massifs that rear up from the rice fields. As the train crosses into Thailand, the scenery changes to include wing-roofed Thai temples and bustling stations. In the evening, further culinary delights are served in the Restaurant Car, after which guests may wish to enjoy a convivial drink in the Bar Car before their final night’s sleep on board.
Day three: River Kwai – Bangkok
Following breakfast in their cabin, guests disembark at River Kwai Station late morning for your chosen excursion.