Bangkok-Singapore (& vice versa) by Luxury Train


4-day Escorted Tour

Luxury

The Tour

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 Singapore & Bangkok. 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

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“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

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: 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.

 

Singapore-Bangkok (3 Days, 2 Nights)

Day 1: Singapore
Depart Singapore in the 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: Kuala Kangsar
Spend the morning enjoying the view and a leisurely breakfast 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 3: Kanchanaburi & Bangkok
This morning 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 lunch before the train pulls into Bangkok late afternoon.

2018 Dates:

Bangkok to Singapore:
January 3, 25
February 5, 14, 23
March 5, 14, 24
April 6, 27
September 18, 27
October 9, 21
November 1, 10, 22
December 1, 25

Singapore to Bangkok (3 days):
January 18
February 1, 10, 19
March 1, 10, 19
April 3, 23
September 13, 23
October 14, 26
November 6, 18, 27
December 21

2019 Dates:

Bangkok to Singapore:
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 (3 days):
January 17
February 1, 10, 19
March 1, 10, 19
April 1, 23
September 12, 22
October 2, 25
November 5, 17, 26
December 21

The Prices

2018 Pricing
Bangkok-Singapore
Pullman Single From $2,790
Pullman Double From $2,790
State Cabin From $3,632
Presidential Suite From $6,174

 

2018 Pricing
Singapore-Bangkok
Pullman Single From $2,368
Pullman Double From $2,368
State Cabin From $3,472
Presidential Suite From $5,488

 

2019 Pricing
Bangkok-Singapore
Pullman Single From $3,400
Pullman Double From $3,400
State Cabin From $4,800
Presidential Suite From $7,250

 

2019 Pricing
Singapore-Bangkok
Pullman Single From $3,200
Pullman Double From $3,200
State Cabin From $4,550
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.

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.
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!

 

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The Highlights

  • Two or three nights on the luxurious Eastern & Oriental Express, in private compartments with en-suite facilities
  • Travel across the bridge over River Kwai
  • Choose your tours in Kanchanaburi and Kuala Kangsar, based on your interests
  • Meals on the Eastern & Oriental Express; the train’s food service has received international accolades
  • Sipping cocktails on the train’s outdoor observation area

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.