Operating Dates
1st January - 31st December

Eastern & Oriental Express

Journey Information

Running Dates Desc: All year

Class: Luxury Day and Night

Food: Dining on board

Locomotives: Diesel Engine

Stations: Bangkok, Singapore Woodlands Train Checkpoint, River Kwai Bridge, Kanchanaburi, Butterworth, Penang, Sikhoraphum, Chiang Mai, Kuala Lumpur, Tapah , Ipoh, Surat Thani, Khao Yai, Vientiane, Nakhon Lampang

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Bangkok to Singapore:  Four days, three nights

Four days, three nights.

Travel on the Eastern and Oriental Express from Bangkok across the beautiful scenery that Thailand offers, past the legendary River Kwai and onwards to Malaysia. Enjoy the sights of colonial Georgetown and Fort Cornwallis, before crossing the causeway over the Straits of Johor to the elegant city of Singapore.

Day one: Bangkok. Stewards in traditional silk uniforms greet you as you join the Eastern & Oriental Express prior to its departure in the early evening. Having been welcomed onboard the gleaming carriages, settle into your comfortable cabin. Dinner is served as the train travels from the city into the countryside with its rice-fields, villages and water buffalo. Head to the Bar Car before returning to your cabin, transformed into a bedroom by your steward.

Day two: Kanchanaburi & River Kwai. Awake early in order not to miss the excitement of the train making its way from Wang Po along the wooden trestle viaduct beside a towering cliff. On arrival at the River Kwai Bridge station, we disembark for your choice of excursion.

  1. Classic Tour: cruise along the Khwae Yai River on a local raft with views of Thai teakwood houses along the banks, with commentary about the infamous railway & bridge built by Allied prisoners in World War II. After the cruise, minivan transfer to the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre and a visit to the Don Rak War Cemetery before returning to the train.
  2. Tracks to Unseen Thailand Tour: Transfer to a rural Nong Kao village for hour-long bicycle tour. Cycle past rice fields, visiting a Thai farm for demonstrations and refreshments, and then enjoy a relaxing herbal infusion at a traditional Thai wooden house before returning to the train.
  3. Local Flavours Tour: Visit a vibrant wet market and rice noodle house with insights into the traditional processes. Then, take part in Thai cookery class on a raft on the River Kwai. Optional visit to Kai War Cemetery before returning to the train.

After the excursion, rejoin the coach for the short ride to the Kanchanaburi railway station to board the Eastern & Oriental Express for an enjoyable lunch and dinner.

Day three: Kuala Kangsar – Kuala Lumpur. Awake to breakfast in bed as the train travels through the picturesque countryside of Malaysia.Brunch is served before arrival into Kuala Kangsar and alight to board a coach. Travel to a rural village set among the rice paddies and surrounded by hills and mountains. Here you have two excursions to choose from (comfortable walking shoes are recommended for both): 1. Traditional Village Experience. A chance to immerse yourself in rural Malaysian life. The villagers welcome you with a traditional martial arts dance before you sample regional food and drink and browse locally produced handicrafts. Guided walks through rice paddies to learn about the process of planting and harvesting, and plantations where rubber, banana and durian are grown. Your tour finishes with refreshments that include banana and durian chips produced from the plantation crops. 2. Hill Trek. Your excursion begins with a visit to a banana and durian plantation, following which join your guide on a walk up the hill, learning about the local area as you go. Cold towels and refreshments greet your arrival at the top, alongside panoramic views over the village and surrounding rice paddies.

In inclement weather a tour of Kuala Kangsar will be provided instead, where you will visit such sights as the majestic Ubudiah Mosque and the treasure-filled Sultan Shah Gallery.

Day four: Johor - Singapore. After breakfast, having crossed the Straits of Johor into Singapore, the journey ends.

Dates 2019

2019: January 2,24. February 5,14,23. March 5,14,24. April 5,26. September 17,26. October 8,20,31. November 9,21,30. December 25.


Singapore to Bangkok:  Three days, two nights

Four days, three nights.

Travel on the Eastern and Oriental Express from Bangkok across the beautiful scenery that Thailand offers, past the legendary River Kwai and onwards to Malaysia. Enjoy the sights of colonial Georgetown and Fort Cornwallis, before crossing the causeway over the Straits of Johor to the elegant city of Singapore.

Day one: Bangkok. Stewards in traditional silk uniforms greet you as you join the Eastern & Oriental Express prior to its departure in the early evening. Having been welcomed onboard the gleaming carriages, settle into your comfortable cabin. Dinner is served as the train travels from the city into the countryside with its rice-fields, villages and water buffalo. Head to the Bar Car before returning to your cabin, transformed into a bedroom by your steward.

Day two: Kanchanaburi & River Kwai. Awake early in order not to miss the excitement of the train making its way from Wang Po along the wooden trestle viaduct beside a towering cliff. On arrival at the River Kwai Bridge station, we disembark for your choice of excursion.

  1. Classic Tour: cruise along the Khwae Yai River on a local raft with views of Thai teakwood houses along the banks, with commentary about the infamous railway & bridge built by Allied prisoners in World War II. After the cruise, minivan transfer to the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre and a visit to the Don Rak War Cemetery before returning to the train.
  2. Tracks to Unseen Thailand Tour: Transfer to a rural Nong Kao village for hour-long bicycle tour. Cycle past rice fields, visiting a Thai farm for demonstrations and refreshments, and then enjoy a relaxing herbal infusion at a traditional Thai wooden house before returning to the train.
  3. Local Flavours Tour: Visit a vibrant wet market and rice noodle house with insights into the traditional processes. Then, take part in Thai cookery class on a raft on the River Kwai. Optional visit to Kai War Cemetery before returning to the train.

After the excursion, rejoin the coach for the short ride to the Kanchanaburi railway station to board the Eastern & Oriental Express for an enjoyable lunch and dinner.

Day three: Kuala Kangsar – Kuala Lumpur. Awake to breakfast in bed as the train travels through the picturesque countryside of Malaysia.Brunch is served before arrival into Kuala Kangsar and alight to board a coach. Travel to a rural village set among the rice paddies and surrounded by hills and mountains. Here you have two excursions to choose from (comfortable walking shoes are recommended for both): 1. Traditional Village Experience. A chance to immerse yourself in rural Malaysian life. The villagers welcome you with a traditional martial arts dance before you sample regional food and drink and browse locally produced handicrafts. Guided walks through rice paddies to learn about the process of planting and harvesting, and plantations where rubber, banana and durian are grown. Your tour finishes with refreshments that include banana and durian chips produced from the plantation crops. 2. Hill Trek. Your excursion begins with a visit to a banana and durian plantation, following which join your guide on a walk up the hill, learning about the local area as you go. Cold towels and refreshments greet your arrival at the top, alongside panoramic views over the village and surrounding rice paddies.

In inclement weather a tour of Kuala Kangsar will be provided instead, where you will visit such sights as the majestic Ubudiah Mosque and the treasure-filled Sultan Shah Gallery.

Day four: Johor - Singapore. After breakfast, having crossed the Straits of Johor into Singapore, the journey ends.

Dates and Prices 2019

2019: January 17. February 1,10,19. March 1,10,19. April 1,22. September 12,22. October 2,25. November 5,17,26. December 21





 

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Fables of the Peninsula 

Seven days with four nights on the train plus one night at the famous Raffles Hotel pre-tour and one night at  the Cameron Highlands Resort.

Day 1: Singapore.  Make your way to the Raffles Hotel (check-in 14:00hrs), where overnight accommodation in an elegantly-furnished Courtyard Suite has been reserved for you.  The rest of the day is at your leisure,  to discover the old world charm of this Grande Dame.  A Singapore Sling is a tradition for most first-time visitors to Singapore, and you can enjoy this drink at the Long Bar of the Raffles - the only corner in the clean city-state where littering is allowed.  Please note: The Eastern & Oriental Express departure date indicated  is post the complimentary stay at the hotel.

Day 2: Depart Singapore.  Enjoy breakfast at leisure in the charming Tiffin Room and explore Singapore for the rest of the morning before the transfer  from the hotel to the Woodlands Train Checkpoint where the gleaming green carriages of the Eastern & Oriental Express await your embarkation.

A cool drink is served whilst  you settle into your luxurious cabin as the train departs towards the Causeway bridge into Malaysia.

Dress up for this formal evening and make your way to the Bar Car for a cocktail reception hosted by the Train Manager.  It is a wonderful opportunity to meet other guests and the on-board speaker who will enrich your journey.  After cocktails, enjoy dinner in one of the opulent dining cars before you relax with a nightcap while listening to the resident pianist playing nostalgic melodies in the Bar Car.

Day 3: Kuala Lumpur & Overnight at Cameron Highlands.  After breakfast, the Eastern & Oriental Express arrives at the impressive Indian Mughal-style Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, built in 1885.  Kuala Lumpur is nestled in the urban sprawl of the Klang Valley.  It is the federal capital of Malaysia and the most populous city with over 1.6 million people. The city’s rich, polyglot heritage harks back to the 19th century when it was transformed in thirty short years from a tin-mining trading outpost in the jungle into a bustling boomtown. Enjoy this lively capital city with your choice of morning tours. You can choose to make an early morning visit to one of KL’s largest wet markets or be enticed by the city’s history and heritage museums. Return to the train after your selected tour and savour lunch on board as we depart KL, climbing past rubber and oil palm plantations towards Malaysia’s emerald-hued uplands. Upon arriving at Tapah Station, disembark the train for the coach transfer to the Cameron Highlands.

Relax on the two-hour scenic drive over rolling hills and through dense jungle. The Cameron Highlands hill station, at about 1,500m above sea level, is the highest area in peninsular Malaysia stretching along a plateau overlooking lush river valleys.  The cool temperate air is fresh and crisp, with a blanket of easy fog that veils the hill jungles almost every morning. This is perfect for the tea plantations which the Highlands are famous for.

Arriving at the Cameron Highlands Resort you will be greeted with a welcome colonial cocktail before you are escorted to your well-appointed room.  The interior of the resort complements the Highland’s settings, resembling a genteel English colonial home with welcoming fireplaces in the Reading Room and Highlands Bar.  Tall  French doors, timber-beamed ceilings and plantation shutters add to the colonial charm.

Dinner is served at The Dining Room of the Resort.  It is a casual evening and you will feel most comfortable in smart casual wear – a wrap for the ladies and a light jacket for the gentlemen will be fitting for the Highland’s cool, even chilly, evening air.

Day 4 - Cameron Highlands.  After breakfast, you may choose to visit the famed BOH (Best of Highlands) tea plantation for a guided tour of the factory with opportunities to sample a variety of aromatic brews.  Or join the resort’s naturalist, Mr S. Madi, on the Jim Thompson trail through the Cameron Highlands jungle to discover the flora and fauna of this tropical gem.

Return to your room late morning to collect your belongings,with check out at 12 noon.  Enjoy lunch at Gonbei Restaurant where you have the choice of a Western or Japanese menu, after which you  return to the train.

This evening’s dinner is a formal affair.    Relax with an aperitif in the Bar Car before enjoying a sumptuous dinner as the train glides through the night to the next destination.

Day 5 - Penang.  Butterworth Station is our morning stop on the mainland, where you  disembark from the train to board the transfer to the island of Penang. Several excursions are available - choose to explore colonial George Town to see its rich blend of Chinese, Malay and Indian cultures, or visit the Peranakan Heritage Museum. You can also choose to enjoy the outdoors at the Tropical Spice Garden Gallery, which showcases the origins of the spice trade and how spices  are used today.

Following your tour, gather at the Eastern & Oriental Hotel for a late morning tea on the elegant terrace before heading back to the train.

Back on board the E&O for lunch, we pass rice fields with limestone outcrops on the horizon, as we continue towards the border town of Padang Besar, where Malaysia meets Thailand.  Immigration and customs formalities are conducted here while passengers remain onboard the train.  Crossing into Thailand, the time difference is one hour behind Malaysia.  with a relaxing afternoon in your cabin followed by dinner, this is  a relaxing way of see Malays

Day 6 – Huay Yang.  The early morning brings you to the small rural community of Huay Yang, located about 300 km south of Bangkok in the province of Prachuap Khiri Khan on the east coast of Thailand.  Join the local song thaew for your ride to the pier in the village of Baan Huay Yang.   Following a stroll through a fishing village, you will be transferred across to the island of Koh Chaan, where you can enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of a beach club setting and spend the morning snorkelling or sunbathing.  At mid-day we go by boat to the coastal resort of Nishaville for a seafood barbeque lunch by the beachside. Return to the E&O in the afternoon to journey north towards Bangkok.

The final night on the train and dinner is a formal affair.  There is  a farewell cocktail reception before dinner.  Afterwards enjoy digestifs in the open air Observation car.

Day 7 – Bangkok.  Arrive and disembark in Bangkok.

Dates 2019

2019: October 12




 
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