Bangkok-Singapore (& vice versa) by Luxury Train


4-day Escorted Tour

Luxury

The Tour

Linking Bangkok and Singapore, the Eastern & Oriental Express provides a short but satisfying introduction to four great cultures, as revealed by the glittering Thai temples of Bangkok and Singapore’s exciting mix of Chinese, Indian and Malay architecture and cuisine. The mid-journey visit to the famed bridge over the River Kwai is an added bonus.

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“The E&O is a world of colonial charm and service—antique brass and hand-cut inlaid woods, five-course dinners and afternoon tea in French silver, mingling in the main bar and evening strolls to the observation car to watch the sunset”

— Phoenix Arrien, The International Railway Traveler®

The Itinerary

Bangkok-Singapore (4 Days, 3 Nights)

Day 1: Bangkok
The Eastern & Oriental Express departs Bangkok early evening. Sip a welcome drink and settle into your comfortable private compartment. Dinner is served as the train travels from city into the countryside with its rice-fields, villages and water buffalo. Retire to your compartment, transformed into a cozy bedroom by your steward.

Day 2: Wang Po & River Kwai
Awake early in order not to miss the excitement of the train making its way along the wooden trestle viaduct from Wang Po and on to the River Kwai Bridge station. Disembark for a river cruise on board a local raft, passing under the Bridge. On board, a local historian provides a brief overview of the history of the Thailand-Burma railway and the bridge.

This is followed by a visit to the Thailand-Burman Railway Centre to discover the history of the infamous railway built here during World War II. As you explore the informative museum, the historian is available to answer questions. There is time to visit the Don Rak War Cemetery adjacent to the museum if you wish.

Rejoin the train for lunch and enjoy a relaxing afternoon, dinner and a wonderful night on board, traveling through unforgettable scenery.

Day 3: Penang
After brunch the train arrives into Butterworth. Here coaches take you across to Georgetown, capital of Penang island, on the local ferry. Here you will have a guided tour of colonial Georgetown, with pre-World War II mosques, elaborately roofed temples, churches, bazaars and colorful shophouses.

Return to the train and spend the afternoon watching the passing scenery from the open-air deck of the observation car. Enjoy a fabulous dinner in one of the opulent restaurant cars, then spend a relaxing evening in the bar car with its resident pianist.

Day 4: Singapore
After breakfast, soon it’s time to leave the train, having crossed the Straits of Johor into Singapore.

 

Singapore-Bangkok (3 Days, 2 Nights)

Day 1: Singapore
Depart Singapore early afternoon, savoring the fascinating scenery of rural Malaysia, then dress for the evening and enjoy an aperitif as the resident pianist plays in the bar car, before dinner is served. The train then pulls into the magnificent domed station at Kuala Lumpur for a brief stop. Retire to your cabin, which has been transformed into a bedroom by your steward.

Day 2: Penang
Enjoy breakfast in your cabin before arriving in Butterworth late morning. Disembark for a visit to Penang Island for a relaxed guided tour of colonial Georgetown. Return to the train and enjoy lunch as you leave northern Malaysia for the rice paddy fields of Thailand. Relax with an aperitif in the Observation Car as the sun goes down, before dinner and a final night on board.

Day 3: River Kwai & Bangkok
Arrive at the River Kwai Bridge station, where you disembark for a river cruise on board a local barge, followed by a visit to the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre to discover the history of this infamous World War II railway. Rejoin the train for lunch, and relax on board until it pulls into Bangkok that afternoon.

2016 Dates:

Bangkok to Singapore:
November 22
December 1, 25

Singapore to Bangkok (3 days):
November 27
December 21, 29*

*Special New Year's Eve 5-day trip

2017 Dates:

Bangkok to Singapore:
January 3, 26
February 5, 14, 23
March 5, 14, 24
April 6, 26
September 19, 28
October 10, 22
November 1, 10, 22
December 1, 25

Singapore to Bangkok (3 days):
January 19
February 1, 10, 19
March 1, 10, 19
April 2, 22
September 14, 24
October 15, 27
November 6, 18, 27
December 21, 29*

*Special New Year's Eve 4-day trip

The Prices

2016 Pricing
Bangkok-Singapore
Per-person Fare
(Jan.-March,
Oct.-Dec.)
Per-person Fare
(April-Sept.)
Pullman Single $2,960 $2,690
Pullman Double $2,960 $2,690
State Cabin $4,320 $3,930
Presidential Suite $6,530 $5,680

 

2016 Pricing
Singapore-Bangkok
Per-person Fare
(Jan.-March,
Oct.-Dec.)
Per-person Fare
(April-Sept.)
Pullman Single $2,820 $2,690
Pullman Double $2,820 $2,690
State Cabin $4,250 $3,930
Presidential Suite $6,530 $5,680

 

2017 Pricing
Bangkok-Singapore
Per-person
Fare
Deposit
Required
Pullman Single $3,100 15%
Pullman Double $3,100 15%
State Cabin $4,540 15%
Presidential Suite $6,860 15%

 

2017 Pricing
Singapore-Bangkok
Per-person
Fare
Deposit
Required
Pullman Single $2,960 15%
Pullman Double $2,960 15%
State Cabin $4,340 15%
Presidential Suite $6,860 15%

Other

All rates are per person.

No single supplement on this itinerary of the Eastern & Oriental in single Pullman cabins.  There are only four Pullman-class cabins especially designed for single travelers on board each departure.

*Special New Year’s Eve Journey:  This special 4-day Singapore-Bangkok trip on the E & O is one of Southeast Asia’s best-kept secrets.  Tour runs Dec. 29- Jan. 1.

2016 Pricing:  Pullman single $4,140; Pullman double $4,140 p.p.; Single use of Pullman double $5,550; State cabin $5,790 p.p.; Presidential Suite $8,130 p.p.
EXTEND YOUR TRIP!
The Eastern & Oriental now offers itineraries to Chiang Mai, Thailand and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  Both trips can be done independently or added to the signature Bangkok-Singapore journey.  IRT can arrange train, touring, transfers and posh hotels for a luxurious package.  Call for details!

Click here for Chiang Mai itinerary

Click here for Kuala Lumpur itinerary

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The Highlights

  • Two or three nights on the luxurious Eastern & Oriental Express, in private compartments with en-suite facilities
  • Cruise with local historian to bridge over River Kwai and Thailand-Burma Railway Centre
  • Tour of colonial Georgetown on Penang Island; the city center has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Meals on the Eastern & Oriental Express; the train’s food service has received international accolades
  • Sipping cocktails on the train’s outdoor observation area
  • New itineraries on the E&O include Vientiane, Laos and Chiang Mai. Please inquire.

Click here for owner Eleanor Hardy’s blog about her journey aboard the Eastern & Oriental Express.

Sunset on the E & O. (Photo by IRT Pullman Club member Bruce Anderson) ©2012 The Society of International Railway Travelers®
Sunset on the E & O. (Photo by IRT Pullman Club member Bruce Anderson) ©2012 The Society of International Railway Travelers®
The infamous River Kwai bridge. (Photo by IRT Pullman Club member Bruce Anderson) ©2012 The Society of International Railway Travelers®
The infamous River Kwai bridge. (Photo by IRT Pullman Club member Bruce Anderson) ©2012 The Society of International Railway Travelers®
The World War II Cemetery at Kanachanaburi. (Photo by IRT Pullman Club member Bruce Anderson) ©2012 The Society of International Railway Travelers®
The World War II Cemetery at Kanachanaburi. (Photo by IRT Pullman Club member Bruce Anderson) ©2012 The Society of International Railway Travelers®
The Eastern & Oriental Express traveling between Singapore and Butterworth.
The Eastern & Oriental Express traveling between Singapore and Butterworth.