The Voyage of Southeast Asia is a leisurely, luxury rail journey where guests gain unique insights from local people. Highlights include a one-night luxurious ‘glamping’ stay in Malaysia’s Janda Baik Rainforest, sightseeing in Malacca and Penang, and island hopping on a catamaran in the Gulf of Thailand. For more information about the Eastern & Oriental Express itself, please click here.
“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 Singapore-Bangkok: Extended Journey, 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. This 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, please consider packing sun protection, sunglasses, sturdy walking shoes and mosquito repellent. 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 Tiarasa Escapes Resort.
Day 2: Malacca & Overnight at Tiarasa Escapes
After breakfast, the Eastern & Oriental Express arrives at Taiping Station, where you transfer by coach to Malacca for your pre-selected morning excursion. There are three tours to choose from. You can board a trishaw for a tour of historical landmarks, including Cheng Hoon Teng Temple and the Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum. Alternatively, embark on a culinary tour of the city with a trip to a local market, a cooking demonstration and a sampling of the locally renowned chicken rice balls. If you prefer a more active excursion, pedal off on a bicycle tour, where you can immerse yourself in local traditions, stopping at fascinating sites such as a tea houses and shoemakers along the way.
After your excursion, return to the train and linger over lunch on board as we travel towards Tiarasa Escapes. Disembark for a night at this luxurious glamping resort in the Janda Baik rainforest. Beautiful safari-style tents and treetop villas are surrounded by seven acres of pristine nature, filled with majestic trees and fruit-laden orchards, rare birds and vivid butterflies.
On arrival, you are shown to your charming tented villa. This evening, enjoy a relaxed barbecue dinner in the open air, followed by a performance from local musicians around the campfire. We recommend wearing a light jacket for the cooler evening air. Later, sit back under the moonlight and enjoy a screening of an old classic movie.
Day 3: Tiarasa Escapes
After breakfast, soak up your surroundings on a ranger-led nature trail through the jungle, or feel free to explore independently at your leisure. After lunch, return to your room to pack up your belongings and get ready to check out.
Reboard the train as we continue our journey north towards Penang. In the afternoon, unwind in the Observation Car and admire the passing landscapes, or participate in the afternoon’s onboard entertainment. Afternoon tea will be served in your cabin.
Come evening, 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, transfer to the island of Penang. Again, you will already have chosen your preferred excursion. The three options are: George Town Living Heritage Hunt, where you witness some of the city’s vanishing arts, such as joss stick making, batik painting and rattan basket weaving; Taste of Penang, a market tour and cooking workshop with celebrated local food enthusiast Nazlina; and George Town’s Colonial Legacy, which takes you back in time to 19th-century Penang, discovering the melting pot of cultures and architectural styles that makes this UNESCO World Heritage city so beguiling.
After your excursion, return to the train for a late lunch. Mingle with your fellow guests in the Bar Car, discussing the morning’s highlights as the train travels towards Thailand.
This evening, traditional Thai dancers come on board to give a mesmerizing performance, before you sit down to dinner in one of the restaurant cars.
Day 5: Island Hopping
Disembark after breakfast for a full-day’s island cruise. Board a catamaran and glide through the Gulf of Thailand, hopping from island to idyllic island. Step ashore to stretch out on white-sand beaches, wade into the water to watch the marine life, or at low tide stroll along the cliffs to spot birds.
A barbecue lunch is served on board the catamaran before you disembark to explore another of Thailand’s beautiful islands. Bliss out under the palms, swim in the crystalline turquoise waters, or perhaps enjoy a relaxing beachfront massage.
In the late afternoon, transfer back to the railway station to rejoin the Eastern & Oriental Express for your last night on board. Gather for a farewell cocktail party hosted by the Train Manager, before sitting down to a final exquisite dinner on the train. Enjoy local entertainment, including a saxophonist and a traditional puppet show.
Day 6: Bangkok
Your journey draws to a close as the train pulls into Bangkok this morning. The onboard team waves you goodbye and wishes you a pleasant onward journey.
2020 Dates:October 11-16
2021 Dates:October 11-16
|State Cabin||From $7,500||From $12,000|
|Presidential Suite||Waitlist only*||Waitlist only*|
|State Cabin||From $8,900||On request|
|Presidential Suite||From $11,300||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 us or e-mail us to discuss which journey is right for you.