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Travel Southeast 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) At leisure.
E&O Express (2 nights) Penang, North Temple, Lush countryside, Kwai Yai River.
Bangkok (3 nights) At leisure.

Tour departures

2017 Departures
14, 24 September
15, 27 October 
06, 18 27  November 
21 December 

Special 3 night New Years' Journey
29 December 

2018 Departures
18 January
01, 10, 19 February
01, 10, 19 March
03, 23 April
13, 23 September
14, 26 October
06, 18, 27 November
21 December

Special 3 night New Year's Journey
29 December

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At a glance
  • Singapore at leisure
  • Lush scenery on board the luxury train
  • Cruise the Kwai Yai river
  • Tour of the Royal Museum of Perak
  • 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
  • Onboard the Eastern & Oriental Express at Kuala Lumpur or similar

 

Meals:
lunch dinner

Map of Day 4: E&O Express

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 Johor 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. The train stops at historic Kuala Lumpur Railway Station for the night. Return to your cabin which has been converted into a luxurious bedroom.

*Please note the Raffles Hotel is closing for renovations towards the end of 2017. During the closure check-in for the train will take place at the Fullerton Hotel between 12:30-13:30.

Day 5: E&O Express

Overnight Accommodation
  • Onboard the Eastern & Oriental Express or similar

 

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
  • Shangri-La Bangkok or similar

 

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

Please call one of our experts to discuss your accommodation choices

 

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).
  • House wine, local beer and house spirits in the Bar/Observation Lounge plus house wine served with meals are included for departures in 2018. Tea, coffee and fruit juice are included for all departures.
  • All sightseeing excursions as specified in the itinerary.
  • WiFi is available in the Observation Car and in Presidential Cabins only.

What's not included?

  • International flights
  • Premium brand alcoholic beverages and all drinks ordered to your cabin

Please note

Dress Code: The dress code has recently been reviewed to ensure guest comfort in the tropical Southeast Asian weather. A smart casual dress code applies - we suggest light linens, smart full-length trousers and open-neck shirts during the daytime and a jacket with an open-collar shirt for dinner. Guests should avoid jeans, shorts, slippers and trainers.

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 also offer direct flights from London. Flight time is approximately 13 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.

Visa Information

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.

Health

We recommend all travellers should be up to date with routine vaccinations. 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.