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.
Singapore (3 nights) Leisure
E&O Express (2 nights) Penang, North Temple, Lush countryside, Kwai Yai River.
Bangkok (3 nights) Leisure
2015 departures: 2016 departures:
17, 27 Jan 19 Jan
05, 14 Feb 03, 12, 21 Feb
09, 17 Mar 04,13, 25 Mar
18 Apr 03, 23 Apr
04 May 02, 28 May
07 Jun 27 Jun
21 Jul 24 Jul
24 Aug 22 Aug
No dates available Sep 15, 25 Sep
12, 23 Oct 16, 28 Oct
01, 08, 15 Nov 06, 18, 27 Nov
21, 29 Dec -Special 3 night 29 Dec - Special 3 night
New Year's Journey New Year's Journey
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Upon arrival in Singapore, private transfer to your hotel and the rest of your time is at leisure.
Check-in for the train takes place at the prestigious Raffles Hotel. From there you will 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.
breakfast lunch dinner
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?
Points of Interest
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.
At leisure to enjoy the city's attractions.
Accommodation is not included on this day
Private transfer to the Airport for your onward journey, or alternatively extend your stay in Thailand.
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.
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.
British passport holders are not required a visa to enter Singapore for tourist stays up to 28 days only. Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your intended stay in Singapore. Please contact the Singaporean Embassy for up to date country and visa information on 0207 235 8315.
We recommend all travellers shoud be up to date with routine vaccinations. For full details, please contact your GP.
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.
lightweight clothing in natural fabrics like cotton or linen;
A wide-brimmed hat to keep the sun off your face;
Long sleeved cover-ups for evening;
Electrical plug adaptor (the power supply in Singapore is 230 volts at 50 hertz).
Comfortable shoes or sandals;
High factor sunscreen;
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.
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.
SGD - Singapore Dollar
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.
July - August