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Experience the beauty of South East Asia from the unequalled luxury of an Eastern & Oriental Express rail tour. A celebration of Asian tradition, the E&O has been built with meticulous attention to detail by master craftsmen and offers exquisite private compartments, a cuisine combining the best of East and West and first class service.
Sumptuous accommodations are serviced by a 24-hour steward and have large windows, air-conditioning, in-room safe and en-suite shower room. During dinner your steward will transform your compartment from daytime seating to a comfortable bedroom.
The Eastern & Oriental Express consists of 22 carriages (at full length), including two restaurant cars, a bar car, boutique and reading room. The colonial-style, teakwood Observation Car is perfect for sightseeing by day and cocktails and entertainment after dark.
Check in at the Eastern & Oriental Express check-in lounge at Hualampong station and depart from Bangkok in the evening, watching the sunset from the comfort of the unique observation car before dinner. Savor the culinary delights presented by the onboard chefs and later enjoy a night cap while being entertained by the resident pianist in the sumptuous bar car. Retire to your cabin which has been converted into a cosy bedroom by your personal steward. (D)
As morning breaks in the rural Kanchanaburi province, breakfast is served in your cabin. Later, the train arrives at the River Kwai station for a river cruise on a local raft, with an on board historian providing an overview of the railway and the bridge. At the landing point, travel to the Thailand-Burma railway museum and perhaps, a visit to the Don Rak war cemetery. After your visit, return to the train for lunch and as night descends, enjoy a leisurely cocktail and delicious dinner. (B/L/D)
Indulge in a lie-in before breakfast in your cabin as the Eastern & Oriental Express enters Malaysia and a picturesque landscape of limestone massifs rising from the rice fields. Spend the morning relaxing in the observation car or saloon lounge watching the passing scenery with lunch before arrival into Kuala Kangsar. Disembark for your guided tour of this fascinating royal town, taking in such sights as the Ubudiah Mosque, the Royal Museum of Perak and concluding at the Sultan Shah Gallery. Rejoin the train as it continues southwards through the lush rainforests and the rural west-coast towns of peninsular Malaysia. Prepare to enjoy dinner and an evening in the bar car. (B/L/D)
Breakfast is taken in your cabin as the journey nears a close. The train travels through vast oil-palm plantations dotted with traditional settlement homes in the southernmost state of Johor before crossing the causeway over the Straits for a late morning arrival into the cosmopolitan island republic of Singapore. (B)
2018 Departure Dates: 23 Feb; 5, 14, 24 Mar; 6, 27 Apr; 18, 27 Sept; 9, 21 Oct; 1, 10, 22 Nov; 1, 25 Dec.
Lunchtime arrival at Raffles Hotel where you will complete check in formalities followed by boarding at Woodlands Railway. After a warm welcome from your steward you depart Singapore in the afternoon crossing into peninsular Malaysia via the causeway of the Straits of Johor where you will enjoy refreshing afternoon tea served in your cabin. Watch the passing scenery of vast oil-palm plantations and rural settlements from the unique observation car and later enjoy leisurely cocktails and dinner. Overnight on board in your well-appointed cabin which has been transformed into a cosy bedroom. (D)
The train travels through the lush rainforests and rural west-coast towns of Malaysia before arrival into Kuala Kangsar where you disembark for your guided tour of this fascinating royal town, taking in such sights as the majestic Ubudiah Mosque. Following a view of the Royal Museum of Perak, the tour concludes at the Sultan Shah Gallery. Rejoin the train for lunch and spend a relaxing afternoon looking out for the picturesque limestone massifs rearing from the rice fields. As the train crosses into Thailand the scenery changes to include wing-roofed Thai temples and bustling stations and as night descends, experience culinary delights. (B/L/D)
Following breakfast in your cabin, enjoy a cruise along the Khwae Yai River on a local raft to see the River Kwai Bridge. Take in the views of the infamous railway and bridge as well as the splendid Thai teakwood houses along the banks. At the landing point travel by road to the Thailand-Burma railway museum and the Don Rak war cemetery. After your tour return to the train for lunch as the train travels back to Bangkok arriving late afternoon. (B/L)
2018 Departure Dates: 1, 10, 19 Mar; 3, 23 Apr; 13, 23 Sept; 14, 26 Oct; 6, 18 ,27 Nov; 21 Dec.
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GMT +8 hours (Singapore) +7 hours (Thailand)
3 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners.
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Thai is the first language although a majority of people in Thailand speak English and you may wish to learn a few common phrases, Sawa dee (hello) and Kob Khun Ka/Krap (thank you) are a good start.
Due to limited space, one suitable piece of hand luggage, one suit carrier or overnight bag (to be placed in your cabin) and one suitcase to be placed in storage (won’t be accessible until you reach your final destination) is allowed per person.
British Passport holders do not need a visa for Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia. Your passport must be valid for 6 months beyond your departure date.