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Eastern & Oriental Express

Thailand, Malaysia & Singapore

At a Glance

  • Magical train journeys throughout Asia

  • A unique way to see Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore from a train

  • Luxurious and beautifully appointed cabins and suites

  • Fine dining experiences are offered every evening

  • Excursions and tours to see points of interest along the way

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Tropical climate that varies between the countries but generally the driest weather is from November to April.

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Insider's View

A once in a lifetime experience and the perfect way to see Malaysia and Thailand, especially for those who do not have too much time on their hands.

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Description

A nostalgic, romantic and luxurious journey on a lavishly appointed train through Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore's stunning countryside, the Eastern & Oriental Express is a memorable, relaxing and stylish way to travel.

Part of Belmond Collection, the Eastern & Oriental Express carries you in style on an enchanting voyage. Various relaxing journeys are available to include Bangkok, Singapore or colonial Malaysia. 

From the luxurious carriages, you can watch the ever-changing landscape, from bustling cityscapes to rural villages and paddy fields. Various stops are made on your trip and you are escorted with a tour guide to learn more about the areas you are passing through.

Lavishly appointed sleeping compartments with rich, inlaid woods and antique brass fittings have large windows for lazy afternoon viewings. Each morning, a continental breakfast is brought to you in your compartment and later you may wish to join other guests in the bar or the open sided observation carriage. The dining car is an opulent experience with a delicious menu and dining here feels like you are on the set of a classic film from the golden age.

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Accommodation

The Easten & Oriental Express' luxury compartments all have large picture windows, intricate panelled walls, en-suite bathrooms and a/c. The 30 Pullman cabins are configured as private lounges with banquette style sofas, and at night the seating converts into an upper and lower bed. The 28 State Cabins are slightly larger and have the addition of two chairs in the cabin, and at night the layout is two single beds. The Presidential Cabins also convert to 2 single beds at night but are considerably more spacious.

Childcare

Families are very welcome on board the Eastern & Oriental Express train, however, there are no specific facilities available for children. But children will love the adventure of travelling on board the train and all of the discoveries to be made en route.

Facilities

Facilities on board include two dining cars, each lavishly decorated with rosewood and elm panelling, an observation car with outdoor section and a bar with excellent cocktails and resident pianist. The dress code during dinner is usually relatively formal.

Activities

Scheduled stops are made at points of interest while on your journey, and here excursions and tours off the train take place, from the skyscrapers of Singapore to the golden spires of Thailand's temples, and learning about Malaysia's mix of cultures.

Reviews

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Evi-Elli La Valle (Staff)

It is hard to believe that the Eastern & Oriental Express has only been operating between Bangkok and Singapore since 1993, as this epic journey really gives you the feeling of stepping back in time. From the elegant cabins reminiscent of the colonial era and decked out with cherry wood walls and intricate designs to the over-attentive service and five-course gourmet meals, it is easy to forget that you are on a train at times. With the ever-changing scenery passing by, this is definitely one of the most adventurous and exciting train journeys in the world and highly recommended.

Experiences

  • Bites & Sites in the Village of Love

    Discover the flavours and spices of Bangkok's 'Village of Love', the historic Bangrak area. Enjoy unique local food tastings whilst learning of how locals live, eat and shop. Ideal for foodies, it is an experience bursting with authentic encounters.

  • Cycle Bangkok's Jungle

    Spend two hours exploring the 'Bangkok Jungle' by bicycle, passing by canals, mangrove forests, traditional Thai houses and hidden temples. This is a great way to experience the sleepier side of Bangkok and gain a different insight into local life.

  • Erawan Waterfall & Phra That Cave

    Head to Erawan, one of Thailand's most famous National Parks. Here you can visit the Erawan Waterfall, a picturesque seven-tier cascade, and the Phra That Cave, hidden within the park's limestone hills.

  • Floating Market at Khlong Lat Mayom

    Only open at weekends, Khlong Lat Mayom is one of Bangkok's best floating markets, and it is only a short journey from the city centre. This is one of the prettiest floating markets, and a great place to try some mouth-watering local Thai delicacies.

  • Floating Markets - Half Day

    Leave Bangkok's skyscrapers behind and head out into the suburbs to experience some of Thailand's most vibrant and bustling markets, ranging from railways to rivers.

  • Hellfire Pass

    Visit the notorious Hellfire Pass, which is located outside the town of Kanchanaburi, along the cliffs above the River Kwai. Take a tour of the museum and venture down into the pass to walk along the old railway line.

  • Heritage of Ancient Ayutthaya in Style

    Spend a day in the ancient city of Ayutthaya visiting magnificent temple complexes and majestic palaces, accompanied by your own English-speaking guide. Travel by car, boat, cable car and even golf buggy as you explore this charming city and its sites.

  • Pedalling, Pachyderms & Paddling

    An exciting and eclectic action-packed adventure that includes cycling, elephants. kayaking and bamboo rafting. This is a wonderful experience for active couples and families, and makes the most of the scenic and diverse Kanchanaburi countryside.

  • Prasat Muang Singh

    Visit Prasat Muang Singh, a Khmer temple complex in Kanchanaburi Province, which dates back to the Angkorian era. The style of these temples is fairly unusual for Thailand, and so this makes for an interesting historical tour.

  • Thailand-Burma Railway Museum, War Cemeteries & Pak Preak Community

    A moving and fascinating tour, exploring the history of Kanchanaburi province. The Thailand-Burma Railway Museum and War Cemeteries are a poignant reminder of the thousands of POWs and forced labourers who lost their lives here in the Second World War.

  • Train Ride through the Kwai Noi Gorge

    Take a short train ride along the infamous Thailand-Burma Railway, also known as the 'Death Railway' due to the thousands of POWs and labourers that died during its construction. The countryside's picturesque scenery contrasts with poignant history.

Holiday Ideas

  • Epic Rail Journey Through Southeast Asia and Indonesia

    Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore & Indonesia

    from £6800 pp inc flights & transfers for 11 nights

    • The ultimate trip for those wanting to experience a unique yet luxurious way of travelling
    • Explore the bright lights of Bangkok before embarking on an epic journey by rail.
    • The Eastern and Oriental Express was originally built in Japan in 1972 and still remains the most exclusive way to travel between Bangkok and Singapore
  • Thailand and Malaysia by Train

    Thailand and Malaysia

    from £6600 pp inc flights & transfers for 16 nights

    • The ultimate trip for those wanting to experience a unique yet luxurious way of travelling
    • Explore the jungle and rice paddies of northern Thailand from your base in Chiang Mai
    • Before starting your rail journey, enjoy two nights in Bangkok, soaking up the buzzing atmosphere and exploring the city's temples and markets

Location & directions

Thailand, Malaysia & Singapore

The Eastern & Oriental Express carries passengers in luxury between Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. The train travels through dense rainforests and towering mountains past golden temples; rubber plantations and fields of frangiapani, tapioca, sunflowers and mango orchards; and remote towns and villages.

How to get there

The train departs from either Bangkok (11-hour international flight) or Singapore (12-hour 45-minutes).

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