Fables of the Peninsula is a leisurely, luxury rail journey, where guests gain unique insights from local people, including sightseeing in Kuala Lumpur, the Highlands of Malaysia, Penang, and Hat Wanakon Beach. For more information about the Eastern & Oriental Express itself, please click here.
Includes one night at the Cameron Highlands Resort.
“That E&O is something else. It’s a wonderful train. The most impressive part of the whole thing is the staff… (They) were perfect…Your wine glass was never empty…
…The food is exceptional. …The presentation is just as good as you’d find in any fine restaurant.”
John S., E&O Fables of the Peninsula, October, 2019
Day 1: Eastern & Oriental Express Departure from Singapore
On arrival at Raffles Singapore, you are greeted by the Eastern & Oriental Express team, who assist with your luggage and check-in formalities. You will be escorted to Woodlands Railway Station, where the gleaming green carriages of the Eastern & Oriental Express await your arrival.
Be welcomed by stewards in exquisite Thai uniforms with their hands pressed together in a gracious wai. A cool drink is served as you settle into your luxurious cabin. The whistle blows and the train begins its journey as it crosses the Causeway into Malaysia.
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. After cocktails, enjoy dinner in one of the opulent dining cars before you relax with a nightcap whilst listening to the resident pianist playing nostalgic melodies in the Bar Car.
In preparation for the next day’s off-train stay in the Cameron Highlands, please consider packing informal dinner wear, excursion, and travel attire. We encourage you to bring a light wrap – shawl, jacket, or sweater – as the evening and early morning temperatures can be chilly. Your cabin steward will assist you with the overnight luggage transfer from the train to Cameron Highlands Resort.
Day 2: 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, often referred to as KL, is a fast growing metropolis. 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 a pre-selected morning tour.
Return to the train after your excursion and savor lunch on board as we depart Kuala Lumpur, 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 where you may spot tiny settlements of the Orang Asli, Malaysia’s indigenous people.
The Cameron Highlands hill station, at about 1,500 m above sea level, is the highest area in peninsular Malaysia. It stretches along a plateau overlooking lush river valleys. The cool, temperate air is fresh and crisp. Most mornings a light blanket of mist veils the jungle-covered hills — perfect for the Highlands’ famous tea plantations. Not surprisingly, a hot brew with scrumptious, freshly baked scones is a favorite treat for visitors.
En route to your hotel, enjoy a cup of Highland Tea and admire the stunning views of the wooded hills in the soft evening light.
Upon arrival at the Cameron Highlands Resort, you are escorted to your charming room. The resort resembles a genteel English colonial home with welcoming fireplaces, tall French doors, timber beamed ceilings, and plantation shutters.
Dinner is served at The Dining Room. This is a relaxing evening and smart casual wear with a wrap for ladies and a light jacket for gentlemen will be perfect for the Highlands’ cool, even chilly, evening air.
Day 3: Cameron Highlands
The next morning after breakfast, you may indulge in your pre-selected activity or excursion. There will be time to return to your room late morning to pack and then check out at 12:00 noon.
Enjoy lunch at Gonbei Restaurant, where you have the choice of a Western or Japanese menu. After lunch, transfer by coach to Ipoh and re-board the train. Settle into your cabin for an afternoon on board.
Relax with an aperitif in the Bar Car before enjoying a sumptuous dinner as the train glides on to our next destination.
Day 4: Penang
Arriving early morning at Bukit Mertajam Station, you transfer to the island of Penang. Enjoy your pre-selected excursion this morning.
Return to the train for a late lunch and be entertained by traditional Thai dancers at this afternoon’s onboard event.
Enjoy this evening’s dinner in one of the Restaurant Cars, followed by the chance to mingle with fellow guests in the Bar Car as the train travels into Thailand.
Day 5: Huai Yang & Hat Wanakon Beach
After early morning arrival at Huai Yang station, we commence our coastal journey with a ride on a local salaeng to visit a rural fishing village. Wander through this community, accompanied by a local guide, to meet the villagers and see how they work.
Weather permitting and pending approval by the marine authority, we will proceed by boat towards the island of Koh Chaan. This picturesque island is part of the surrounding Hat Wanakon National Park and features stunning cliffs with caves that are home to thousands of bird colonies. Step ashore and stretch out on the white sand beach, wade into the water to watch the marine life, or on low tide stroll along the cliffs to spot birds.
Return to the mainland for an afternoon at an idyllic beach club setting. With sand beneath your feet and the sun on your face, soak up the atmosphere while enjoying an exclusive Thai seafood barbecue lunch. Afterwards, relax by the beach or swim in the pristine waters.
In the late afternoon, transfer back to the railway station to board the E&O train for your final night on board. This evening, join fellow travelers for a farewell cocktail party hosted by the Train Manager before your final dinner on board.
Day 6: Bangkok
All too soon your journey draws to a close as the Eastern & Oriental Express pulls into Bangkok this morning. The on-board team wave you goodbye and wish you a pleasant onward journey.
2020 Dates:October 11-15
|State Cabin||From $7,500||From $12,000|
|Presidential Suite||Waitlist only*||Waitlist only*|
Please note: All prices are per person.
*Presidential Suites are waitlist only. Please contact our office to be added to the waitlist.
Deposit Required: 15%
Pricing varies based on availability. Contact us to confirm pricing.
All house beverages are complimentary on and off the train.
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.