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Travel South East Asia in style

  • 9 days
  • group
  • rail journey

The Eastern & Oriental Express is the ultimate centrepiece of a visit to the Far East. A subtle balance of Eastern culture and cuisine and Western comforts means that you can enjoy the best of everything - travelling in style and experiencing the many and mystical wonders of Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia.

Tour highlights

Singapore (3 nights) Leisure
E&O Express (2 nights) Penang, North Temple, Lush countryside, Kwai Yai River.
Bangkok (3 nights) Leisure

Tour Departures

2014 departures: 23 Jan; 01 Feb; 10 Feb; 19 Feb; 08 Mar; 17 Mar; 26 Mar; 03 Apr; 23 Apr; 02 May; 03 Jun; 25 Jul; 22 Aug; 20 Sep; 19 Oct; 01 Nov; 10 Nov; 26 Nov; 19 Dec; 29 Dec

2015 departures: 17 Jan, 27 Jan, 05 Feb, 14 Feb, 09 Mar, 17 Mar, 18 Apr, 04 May, 07 Jun, 21 Jul, 24 Aug, 12 Oct, 23 Oct, 01 Nov, 08 Nov, 15 Nov, 21 Dec, 29 Dec (Special 3 night New Year's Journey)

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At a glance
  • Singapore at leisure
  • Lush scenery on board the luxury train
  • Cruise the Kwai Yai river
  • Guided tour or Georgetown
  • Enjoy the sights of Bangkok

Suggested Itinerary

Days 1-3 Singapore

Overnight Accommodation

 

Meals:
none

Points of Interest

Map of Days 1-3 Singapore

Upon arrival in Singapore, private transfer to your hotel and the rest of your time is at leisure.

Day 4: E&O Express

Overnight Accommodation

 

Meals:
lunch dinner

Points of Interest

Map of Day 4: E&O Express

Transfer to Woodland Railway Station where you will settle into your cabin as the train enters Malaysia. Afternoon tea is served in one of the opulent dining cars, and afterwards you will have the opportunity to disembark for a stroll when the train pauses at Kuala Lumpur’s magnificent Moorish-style station.

Day 5: E&O Express

Overnight Accommodation

 

Meals:
breakfast lunch dinner

Points of Interest

Map of Day 5: E&O Express

Today you will disembark the train for the crossing to Penang. Enjoy a guided tour of colonial Georgetown, with its pre-World War II mosques, temples, churches, bazaars and shophouses. Afterwards, board the coach for your crossing back and enjoy lunch on board the train. As the train crosses into Thailand, why not spend the afternoon watching the changing scenery from the open deck of the Observation Car?

Day 6: E&O Express

Overnight Accommodation

 

Meals:
breakfast lunch

Points of Interest

Map of Day 6: E&O Express

After breakfast, the train arrives at the River Kwai Bridge Station. Alight here for a cruise along the picturesque Kwai Yai River, while a local historian provides a brief history of the Thailand-Burma railway and the bridge. Take a coach to the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre, with time to visit the Don Rak War Cemetery. Afterwards, rejoin the coach back to Kanchanaburi Railway Station, where your journey continues with lunch on board. Arrive into Bangkok late afternoon.

Days 7-8: Bangkok

Overnight Accommodation

 

Meals:
none

Points of Interest

Map of Days 7-8: Bangkok

At leisure to enjoy the city's attractions.

Day 9: Bangkok

Accommodation is not included on this day

 

Meals:
none

Map of Day 9: Bangkok

Private transfer to the Airport for your onward journey, or alternatively extend your stay in Thailand.

Days 1-3 Singapore

Overnight Accommodation

 

Meals:
none

Points of Interest

Map of Days 1-3 Singapore

Upon arrival in Singapore, private transfer to your hotel and the rest of your time is at leisure.

Day 4: E&O Express

Overnight Accommodation

 

Meals:
lunch dinner

Points of Interest

Map of Day 4: E&O Express

Transfer to Woodland Railway Station where you will settle into your cabin and enjoy afternoon tea as the train crosses the Causeway Bridge into Malaysia. Take in the passing scenery of rubber and palm trees lining the track and the distant hills in the background. Dress up and make your way to the bar car for cocktails before proceeding to the restaurant car for dinner. Afterwards you will have the opportunity to disembark for a stroll when the train pauses at Kuala Lumpur’s magnificent Moorish-style station.

Day 5: E&O Express

Overnight Accommodation

 

Meals:
breakfast lunch dinner

Map of Day 5: E&O Express

After breakfast arrive at Kuala Kangsar, the picturesque royal town of Perak and the official residence of the Sultan of Perak. Enjoy an excursion to the grand Ubudiah Mosque, the Royal Museum of Perak and the Sultan Shah Gallery. Enjoy lunch back onboard, passing rice fields with limestone outcrops on the horizon as you continue towards Padang Besar where Malaysia meets Thailand. Why not spend the afternoon watching the changing scenery from the open deck of the Observation Car?

Day 6: E&O Express

Overnight Accommodation

 

Meals:
breakfast lunch

Points of Interest

Map of Day 6: E&O Express

After breakfast, the train arrives at the River Kwai Bridge Station. Alight here for a cruise along the picturesque Kwai Yai River, while a local historian provides a brief history of the Thailand-Burma railway and the bridge. Take a coach to the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre, with time to visit the Don Rak War Cemetery. Afterwards, rejoin the coach back to Kanchanaburi Railway Station, where your journey continues with lunch on board. Arrive into Bangkok late afternoon.

Days 7-8: Bangkok

Overnight Accommodation

 

Meals:
none

Points of Interest

Map of Days 7-8: Bangkok

At leisure to enjoy the city's attractions.

Day 9 - Bangkok

Accommodation is not included on this day

 

Meals:
none

Map of Day 9 - Bangkok

Private transfer to the Airport for your onward journey, or alternatively extend your stay in Thailand.

Extend Your Stay

Take in more of the destination or relax in a spa at the end of your tour by adding few extra nights stay in one of these hand picked hotels.

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What's included?

Air conditioned accommodation
Meals as specified: Breakfast (B), lunch (L) and dinner (D).
Tea, coffee and fruit juice
Sightseeing tours as specified.

What's not included?

International flights
Alcoholic beverages

Please note

Dress Code: Smart casual during the day, however in the evenings gentlemen are required to wear a jacket and tie.

E&O Note: As space is restricted you are asked to pack a smaller suitcase for your time on board the train. Your main luggage will not be accessible until you leave the train.

Flight Information

There are a number of airlines flying from the UK to Singapore.

Direct Carriers: Singapore Airlines offers direct flights from both London Heathrow and Manchester to Singapore. British Airways and Virgin also offer direct flights from London. Flight time is approximately 12 hours.

Indirect Carriers: Emirates fly to Singapore via Dubai, Malaysia Airlines via Kuala Lumpur and should you wish to start your journey closer to home KLM offer UK regional departure points via Amsterdam.

Departure Taxes: These are included in the cost of your flight ticket.

Health

Hepatitis A, Polio, Typhoid immunisation and malaria tablets are recommended. All travelers should be up to date on routine immunisations. Yellow fever immunisation is required if arriving from an infected country or area. For full details, please contact your GP.

What to pack

The main thing to think about when packing for Singapore holidays is the weather, which is hot, humid, and prone to sudden downpours, especially from July to October. So pack an umbrella as well as loose, lightweight clothing and comfortable shoes for exploring. Singapore is famous for its shopping, so take extra luggage if you intend to bring home some bargains.

Cool, lightweight clothing in natural fabrics like cotton or linen;

A wide-brimmed hat to keep the sun off your face;

Passport;

Long sleeved cover-ups for evening;

Swimwear;

Waterproof jacket;

Sunglasses;

Electrical plug adaptor (the power supply in Singapore is 230 volts at 50 hertz).

Comfortable shoes or sandals;

High factor sunscreen;

Mosquito repellent;

Currency

The official currency is the Singapore Dollar. You can buy them in the UK before you go. If you need cash when you are there, you can change your UK Pounds and traveller's cheques at banks and currency exchanges throughout Singapore, particularly on main shopping thoroughfare Orchard Road.

How to get your currency

Major credit cards are widely accepted and most hotels and car hire companies will ask for your card details upfront. Cheaper eateries like those in the hawker centres may require cash. Cash machines are easy to find and many accept cards from overseas banks. UK Pounds, US Dollars, Australian Dollars, and Japanese Yen are also accepted at many major shopping centres.

Currency code

SGD - Singapore Dollar

Tipping

Tipping is not expected in Singapore. Restaurants add a mandatory ten percent service charge, seven percent goods and services tax, and one percent government tax to the bill. This accumulative 18 percent tax is known as 'triple plus' and there is no need to tip further.