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Overview

Embark on an enchanting journey from Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur on board the gleaming carriages of the Eastern & Oriental Express. Travel overland from Bangkok to Singapore while being pampered with top service. Stop by historic Kanchanaburi town and complete this trip with the impressive futuristic gardens of Singapore.

Trip Highlights

Enchanting Oriental Express Bangkok to Singapore

Journey on the Eastern & Oriental Express

Board the gleaming carriages of the Eastern & Oriental Express and travel overland from Bangkok to Singapore in an elegant private cabin.

Discover the history or flavours of Kanchanaburi

Stop along the journey at Kanchanaburi and take part in a choice of excursions to learn about WWII or flavours of the region.

Futuristic Gardens of Singapore

Visit the iconic Supertrees at Gardens by the Bay and be immersed in the amazing light and sound show where the trees come alive at night.

Itinerary

1

Bangkok Arrival

Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport – Mandarin Oriental Bangkok (34.1 km): 34 min

Arrive at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport and meet a representative who will fast-track the immigration procedure. Be assisted with luggage and introduced to the guide. Hop in the air-conditioned VIP Ventury and transfer to Mandarin Oriental Bangkok. On the way, listen to the guide who will provide information on the rich history and Thai culture of Bangkok.

Overnight at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok.

2

Bangkok – Kanchanaburi

Breakfast at the hotel.

Start the day early to witness the monk’s morning chanting ritual (starts at 09:00). After this uplifting and often private experience, visit the temple grounds and the famous 45-metre reclining Buddha. Continue to the Grand Palace, Thailand’s most important landmark, and marvel at the majestic building and its throne halls. Then see the mysterious Emerald Buddha which is the most revered Buddha image in Thailand.

Spend the afternoon at leisure.

Overnight at Mandarin Oriental Bangkok.

3

Kanchanaburi

Mandarin Oriental Bangkok – Hua Lamphong Station (2 km): 7 - 10 min Bangkok – Kanchanaburi (128 km)

Breakfast at the hotel. Check out in the late morning.

Free afternoon at leisure. 

This evening, transfer to Bangkok’s Hua Lamphong Station to board the gleaming carriages of the Eastern & Oriental Express. Be escorted by the steward to the elegant private cabin and settle down before the journey begins. Visit the teakwood Observation Car to enjoy spectacular open views of the sun setting over the lush landscapes. Return to the cabin to dress for dinner before taking a seat in one of the sumptuous Restaurant Cars. Indulge in a gastronomic feast of eastern and western specialties, expertly prepared by our onboard chefs. Afterwards, choose to enjoy a convivial nightcap in the Bar Car while being entertained by the resident pianist. Retire to your cabin, which has been converted into a cosy bedroom by your steward.

Overnight on board.

4

Kanchanaburi

As morning breaks in rural Kanchanaburi Province, breakfast is served in your cabin. Later, the train arrives at River Kwai Station. Disembark to the chosen excursion. 

1. Classic Tour

Cruise along the Khwae Yai River aboard a local raft, taking in views of the splendid Thai teakwood houses along the banks. Get an insight into the building of the infamous railway and bridge, which were constructed by allied prisoners in World War II. After the cruise, board a minivan to the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre and perhaps pay a visit to the Don Rak War Cemetery before returning to the train.

2. Tracks to Unseen Thailand Tour

Board a private minivan to rural Nong Kao village for the hour-long bicycle tour. Cycle through the verdant rice fields, stopping for a fascinating demonstration at a local Thai farm and refreshments. Return to the Traditional Thai Wooden House for a relaxing herbal infusion before returning to the train.

3. Local Flavours Tour

This guided tour begins with visits to a vibrant wet market and an acclaimed rice noodle house to get an insight into the traditional processes used. Proceed to Wat Nue Pier to board a river raft and participate in a traditional Thai cooking class on board while sailing along the River Kwai. Disembark at Chong Kai War Cemetery for an optional visit before returning to the train.

Back on board, a leisurely afternoon awaits. Take time to relax and recharge the batteries before preparing for a sumptuous dinner, preceded perhaps by one of the enticing signature cocktails in the Bar Car.

Overnight on board.

5

Kuala Kangsar – Kuala Lumpur

Indulge in a lie-in before breakfast in the cabin as the Eastern & Oriental Express enters Malaysia. Notice the landscape change as limestone massifs rear up dramatically from the rice fields. Spend the morning relaxing in the Observation Car or Saloon Car, reading, chatting with fellow guests or simply gazing at the passing scenery.

After lunch, arrive in Kuala Kangsar and alight to board a coach. Travel away from the city to Labu Kubong, a village set among the paddy fields and backed by lush mountains. Here, embark on a traditional village experience, a chance to immerse in rural Malaysian life. Be welcomed by the villagers with a traditional martial arts dance before sampling regional food and drinks and browsing locally produced handicrafts. Enjoy a guided walk through the rice paddies to learn about the process of planting and harvesting before heading to a plantation where rubber, banana and durian are grown. The tour finishes with refreshments that include banana and durian chips produced from the plantation crops.

Alternatively, advanced trekkers may wish to join an optional hill trek. The trek begins with a visit to a banana and durian plantation before joining the guide—an expert naturalist—to climb to the peak of the nearby hill. Cold towels and refreshments await at the top, following the challenging walk, take-in the breathtaking panoramic views over the village and plantations. Peer through the binoculars provided and catch a glimpse of the train waiting at nearby Padang Rengas Station. Please note, this excursion is recommended for advanced walkers only. It is recommended to wear comfortable and sturdy walking shoes for both excursions.

Both of the Labu Kubong options are weather permitting. In inclement weather, enjoy a guided tour of Kuala Kangsar instead. Be led on a journey through the fascinating royal town, taking in such sights as the majestic Ubudiah Mosque and the treasure-filled Sultan Shah Gallery.

After the excursion, rejoin the train as it continues south through the lush rainforests and rural west-coast towns of Peninsular Malaysia. Prepare for a gastronomic dinner and a relaxing evening in the Bar Car.

Overnight on board.

6

Johor - Singapore

Private Transfer from train station to hotel in Singapore (20km): 50 mins

Breakfast is served in the cabin while savouring the last leg of the journey. Course through expansive palm plantations dotted with traditional settlement homes in the southernmost state of Johor. Cross the Causeway over the Straits for a late-morning arrival into cosmopolitan Singapore, the final exciting destination.

Please note: Eastern & Oriental Express operates within the constraints of the railway network. As such, timings, routes and associated itineraries are subject to change.

On arrival in Singapore be welcomed by the guide and driver and be transferred to the hotel for check-in. 

Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

This evening, discover the Supertrees at Singapore’s iconic Gardens by the Bay. First, take a stroll along the OCBC Skyway. Sitting 22 metres above ground, the OCBC Skyway at the Supertree Grove lets you get an up-close look at the technical marvels of the Gardens’ futuristic Supertrees.

Then, embark on a journey through rainforests of the world with Garden Rhapsody's ‘Rainforest Orchestra Asia’ show.  When night falls watch the Supertrees come alive with original music compositions inspired by tropical rainforests.

Next, cruise down the Singapore River in a traditional bumboat to see the legacy of Singapore's history. This is the best way to see the pivotal role the river played in Singapore's history as a port town. The cruise passes godowns and old shophouses, that now stands as a silent reminder of its humble past. Cruise past old colonial buildings contrasted with imposing modern skyscrapers. Guarding the river mouth see the majestic water-spouting Merlion - a half-lion, half-fish creature a successful symbol of Singapore's tourism industry.

End the tour with a seafood dinner along the riverside. Savour an authentic dish of ‘chili crab’ served with mantou (fried Chinese buns), a local favourite and a must-have in Singapore!

Duration: 18:30 – 23:00

7

Singapore

Breakfast at the hotel

At 10:00 this morning, be met with the guide and driver and be transferred to Kampong Glam to learn and understand more about the Malay culture. Take a walk in Arab Street to view the magnificent Sultan Mosque. Stroll along the area to see the different shops selling traditional Arab-Muslim food and merchandises.

Next, hop onto a trishaw, the traditional mode of transportation back in the olden days. Take a trishaw tour through Bugis & Little India, the heartland of the Indian communities. The many colors and scents will welcome you to the place. Pass through the street to experience the pungent smell of spices and incense.

Please note: 1 Trishaw = 2 pax

Have a taste of the local teh tarik - a sweetened tea drink made with condensed or evaporated milk. milk. Traditionally the tea is tarik'ed (pulled) by successive pouring from one container/cup to another. With some luck, get to watch a teh tarik demonstration.

Have some light snack in Little India. Savour the local favorite roti prata. This is a south Indian flat bread made by frying stretched dough flavoured with ghee (clarified butter). Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, roti prata is usually served with fish or mutton curry and hits the spot every time.

Duration: (10:00  – 1330 )   

Be transferred back to the hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight in Singapore

8

Departure Singapore

Private Transfer from hotel in Singapore to Changi Airport (20km): 30 minutes

Breakfast will be served at the hotel and free at leisure until check out 

Meet the guide at the hotel and be transferred to the Airport for departure.

Important Information

OUR SERVICES INCLUDE:

  • Accommodation at selected luxury hotel
  • 3 nights luxury Oriental Express from Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur with full board meals, house wine with meals and drinks in the Bar/Observation lounge
  • Tours and transfers by private VIP Ventury in Bangkok
  • Excursions in Kanchanaburi as stated in the itinerary
  • Fast Track service at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport on arrival day (Day 1)
  • Luxury service of English-speaking guide in Bangkok for transfers and tours
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits
  • Tips for driver and hotel porters

OUR SERVICES DO NOT INCLUDE:

  • Other meals than mentioned
  • Other services than mentioned
  • Airfares (domestic and international, see rates below)
  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditures of a personal nature
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance
  • Early check-in/Late check-out
  • Peak season surcharge and compulsory gala dinner on festive seasons

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