All aboard the Eastern & Oriental Express
The Eastern & Oriental Express is the last word in rail luxury, with vintage flourishes, stylish saloons and impeccable service. Stepping aboard the train feels like stepping back in time. During this experience you’ll spend seven days on the tracks between Singapore and Bangkok, crossing remote countryside and stopping to visit some real Malaysian highlights. En route, you’ll enjoy world-class cuisine and top-notch cocktails while Malaysia and Thailand unfold outside your window.
What to expect on board the train...
The Eastern & Oriental Express is all about elegance. It’s dripping in old world glamour, with second-to-none service that will leave you feeling like a classic movie star. No stone has been left unturned - the cabins are plush, the dining car is pure decadence and the chic Bar Car serves fine wines set against soft piano music.
The Observation Car is a great place to enjoy a cup of local Malaysian tea as you watch the world slip past. It’s a moving luxury boutique hotel that will leave you wanting for nothing.
The trip itself is diverse, showing you several sides to Malaysia within a small time frame. Over the course of the journey, you’ll visit tea plantations, stretch out on tropical islands, explore hyper-modern cities and wander past antique Chinese shopfronts flanked by paper lanterns. Malaysia is famous for its depth of contrast, and you’ll get a real glimpse of the old nuzzling against the new as you travel.
You’ll start your journey in Singapore, spending a night in the world-famous Raffles Hotel. You might like to try a Singapore Sling - invented in the hotel in 1915 - to set the scene. The following morning, you’ll be transferred to the train station, where the adventure will begin.
During the trip, you’ll stop in Kuala Lumpur, where you’ll be able to choose from a number of tours. Then, you’ll continue onwards to the cool climes of the Cameron Highlands, where you’ll spend a night amongst endless tea plantations in a top resort.
After this, you’ll journey onwards to Penang, where street hawkers, rickshaws and crumbling buildings line the streets of atmospheric Georgetown. You’ll be offered a number of excursions in Penang before heading back to the train for the trip to Koh Chaan, an idyllic island set within the Hat Wanakon National Park. The trip ends in Bangkok, where you can continue your holiday or connect to your flight home.
Location: Singapore to Bangkok aboard the Eastern & Oriental Express
Duration: 6 nights / 7 days
Accommodation: one night at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore, four nights aboard the Eastern and Oriental Express, and one night in the Cameron Highlands Resort.
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Our client said...
'Superbly scenic way to see the country, and so comfortable. Wish we could've stayed on for longer.'
Things to note...
If you don’t have a full week to spare, it’s also possible to take a two day trip aboard the Eastern & Oriental Express between Singapore and Bangkok, stopping to explore Kuala Lumpur en route.