Linking Bangkok and Singapore, the Eastern & Oriental Express provides a 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 sightseeing choices include the famed bridge over the River Kwai, a cycle tour to a village, or a culinary tour to a market and an ancient noodle factory. Each are fascinating and well-received already this season.
New in 2018: A much smaller group of guests on board — 82 maximum, a significant drop from the earlier max of 132. All guests enjoy the above-mentioned amazing touring choices as well as complimentary house wines and well drinks. (Specialty wines, cocktails, and spirits are billable.) Guests in Presidential Suites enjoy a host of new amenities, including complimentary and exclusive in-cabin wi-fi and complimentary private limousine transfers to/from train stations in Bangkok & Singapore. Presidential Suites also include:
– A bottle of champagne and fruit basket in cabin on arrival
– Complimentary mini bar – stocked with a selection of spirits, local beer, soft drinks and chocolate
– Complimentary on board pressing service
– Wireless speaker in cabin
“I loved it. It was just an exquisite experience, in every sense of the word. The train was elegant and beautiful, the staff was excellent, the attention to detail was remarkable.”
— Dr. Mardy Ireland, Bangkok-Singapore, 2016
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: Kanchanaburi
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.
Alight in Kanchanaburi for your choice of tour. The Classic option includes the River Kwai Bridge and Thai-Burma Railway Museum, to discover the history of the infamous railway built here during World War II. The Tracks to Unseen Thailand option will have you biking through the rice paddies, stopping off at a local farm. The Local Flavors tour option explores the wet market, a rice noodle house and combines a raft cruise with a cooking class. Return to the train for a relaxing afternoon, with lunch and dinner on board, as you travel through unforgettable scenery.
Day 3: Kuala Kangsar
Spend the morning enjoying the view and a leisurely brunch on board. Arrive in Kuala Kangsar, where you disembark and travel by coach to Labu Kabong to discover rural Malaysian life with a warm welcome ceremony from the villagers. Take a guided tour through lush rice paddies ending with refreshments and a chance to sample local produce. Alternatively, advanced trekkers can follow an expert naturalist on an invigorating hill-trek. Long sleeves, pants and suitable footwear are recommended for this option. Rejoin the train for a refreshing cocktail accompanied by live piano music, followed by a glamorous final dinner on board.
Day 4: Singapore
After breakfast, soon it’s time to leave the train, having crossed the Straits of Johor into Singapore.
2018 Dates:November 22
December 1, 25
2019 Dates:January 2, 24
February 5*, 14, 23
March 5, 14, 24
April 5, 27
September 8, 17, 26
October 8*, 20, 28
November 9, 18, 27
December 8, 25
* Select departures will have celebrated international chefs on board serving as hosts. These do not affect the currently-outlined touring.
|2019 Pricing (Bangkok-Singapore)
|Pullman Single||From $3,100|
|Pullman Double||From $3,100|
|State Cabin||From $4,400|
|Presidential Suite||From $7,100|
Prices are per person. Deposit required is 15%.
Pricing varies based on availability and date. Prices are subject to change daily. Contact us to confirm pricing and availability for your desired departure.
All rates are per person.
No single supplement on this itinerary of the Eastern & Oriental Express in single Pullman cabins. There are only four Pullman-class cabins especially designed for single travelers on board each departure.
Please note: The Eastern & Oriental Express travels over rough track in Thailand. If you have back issues or other health issues that would be exacerbated by rough track, you may be more comfortable on a different train. Call or e-mail us to discuss which journey is right for you.
EXTEND YOUR TRIP!
The Eastern & Oriental Express 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!