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Duration: 3 and 4 days
Location: Bangkok | Wang Po & River Kwai | Penang | Singapore | Kuala Lumpur
Price: On Request

  • This luxurious train, the Eastern and Oriental Express, offers unique rail journeys that capture the mystical wonders and cultures of Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia.

    From the vibrant cities of Singapore and Bangkok, the scenery unfolds by rail to reveal ancient temples, winding rivers, quaint villages, tropical countryside and jungle terrain.

    Depending on your itinerary, you can take a boat excursion to visit the infamous bridge over the River Kwai or enjoy a trishaw ride through the colourful streets of colonial Georgetown in Penang.

    A rail journey on the Eastern & Oriental Express is an experience which will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.

    • Bangkok to Singapore 4 days / 3 nights

      Location Arrive Depart
      BANGKOK (Hualampong station) 17:50
      WANG PO
      Transverse Trestle Viaduct
      KANCHANABURI
      Guided Tour of River Kwai
      05:1008:33 06:3011:00
      BUTTERWORTH (for Penang)
      Guided tour of George Town
      14:52 17:20
      KUAL LUMPUR 01:08 02:08
      SINGAPORE (Keppel Road Station) 11:05

      Itinerary

      Day 1 Bangkok
      The Eastern & Oriental Express departs Bangkok early evening. Having been welcomed onboard the gleaming train carriages, settle into your comfortable compartment. Dinner is served as the train travels from city into the countryside with its rice-fields, villages and water buffalo. Retire to your compartment, transformed into a cosy bedroom by your steward.
      Day 2 Wang Po & River Kwai
      Awake early in order not to miss the excitement of the train making its way from Wang Po along the wooden trestle viaduct beside a towering cliff.On arrival at the River Kwai Bridge station, the E&O stops to allow you to disembark. Guides escort you on the short walk down to the jetty to board a local raft for a cruise along the lush greenery of the picturesque Kwai Yai river, passing under the Bridge. On board, a local historian provides a brief overview of the history of the Thailand-Burma railway and the bridge. At the E&O landing point you board a motor coach for a brief trip past the North Temple and Chinese Cemetery to the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre. As you explore the informative museum, the historian is available to answer questions. There is time to visit the Don Rak War Cemetery adjacent to the museum if you wish.Rejoin the coach for the short ride to the Kanchanaburi railway station to board the Eastern & Oriental Express. Later reflect on the day’s sights over dinner and relax with a drink in the Bar Car before retiring for the night.
      Day 3 Penang
      Brunch is served before arrival into Butterworth where you will disembark for the crossing to Penang and a guided introductory tour of colonial Georgetown with pre-World War II mosques, elaborately-roofed temples, churches, bazaars and colourful shop houses.Take the short ride back to Butterworth and rejoin the Eastern & Oriental Express. Spend the afternoon watching the passing scenery from one of the lounge cars or from the open deck of the Observation Car. Dine again in one of the opulent dining cars and then spend a relaxing evening in the Bar Car with its resident pianist. Spend your last night on board.
      Day 4 Singapore
      After breakfast, soon it’s time to leave the train, having crossed the Straits of Johor into Singapore.

      Departure days vary on departure dates.

    • Singapore to Bangkok 3 days / 2 nights

      Location Arrive Depart
      SINGAPORE (Keppel Road station) 15:30
      KUALA LUMPUR 22.50 23.45
      BUTTERWORTH (for Penang)
      Self Guided walking tour of George Town or Guided Tour of Penang
      08:34 10:40
      KANCHANABURI
      Self Guided tour of River Kwai
      09:20 11:25
      BANGKOK (Hualampong Station) 16:45

      Itinerary

      Day 1 Singapore
      The Eastern & Oriental Express departs Singapore’s Woodland Railway station mid-day. Having been welcomed onboard the gleaming carriages, settle into your cabin. Enjoy the passing scenery as the train crosses to Malaysia via the causeway of the Straits of Johor. Lunch is served in one of the opulent dining cars. Dress for dinner and then spend a relaxing evening in the Bar Car in the company of our resident pianist. During the evening, the E&O pauses at Kuala Lumpur’s magnificent Moorish-style station where you may disembark for a stroll. Retire to your cabin which has been transformed into a cosy bedroom.
      Day 2 Penang
      At the mainland station, disembark for the crossing to Penang., Enjoy the choice of a guided tour of Penang or a self guided walking tour of the historic town of colonial Georgetown. Reboard the waiting coaches for the short ferry ride back to Butterworth and the Eastern & Oriental Express for lunch. As the train crosses into Thailand spend the afternoon watching the changing scenery from the open deck of the Observation Car or relax in the comfort of the Saloon Car. Dinner is served in the sumptuous dining car.
      Day 3 River Kwai & Bangkok
      After breakfast E&O arrives at the River Kwai Bridge station where the train stops to allow you to disembark. Guides escort you on the short walk down to the jetty to board a local craft for a cruise along the lush greenery of the picturesque Kwai Yai river, passing under the Bridge. On board, a local historian provides a brief overview of the history of the Thailand-Burma railway and the bridge. At the E&O landing point board a motor coach for a brief trip past the North Temple and Chinese Cemetery to the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre. As you explore the informative museum, the historian is available to answer questions. There is time to visit the Don Rak War Cemetery adjacent to the museum if you wish.Rejoin the coach for the transfer to Kanchanaburi railway station from where your E&O journey continues with lunch. Arrive into Bangkok in the late afternoon.

      Days vary on departure dates

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  • General information

    Inclusions:

    • Travel and overnight accommodation on board The Eastern & Oriental Express
    • All Breakfasts, lunches and dinners (not including beverages).
    • Tea, coffee and mineral water in compartment.
    • Sightseeing tour of Penang and River Kwai for those travelling to Singapore to Bangkok or v.v.
    • Sightseeing tour for those travelling to Chiang Mai.

    Extra information

    On board accommodation

    There are 3 grades of compartments and all include a 24 hour steward service. Each Cabin has the following: hairdryer, personal safe and international electric sockets. All cabins are fully air-conditioned and provide bottled mineral water, fresh fruit and flowers, bathroom amenities, ‘welcome’ newsletter, E&O magazine and stationery pack. Regardless of cabin grade, all passengers receive the same level of high quality service.

    Pullman Cabin

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    The Eastern & Oriental Express has 30 Pullman Cabins that measure comfortably at 62 square feet. During the daytime the compartment is a private lounge provided by a banquette style sofa. At night the seating converts to an upper and lower bed. A private en suite shower, washbasin and WC are also provided in your cabin.

    State Cabin

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    The Eastern & Oriental Express has 28 State Cabins which measure 84 square feet each. During the day the cabin is configured as a private lounge, with a banquette style sofa, fixed chair and one movable chair. Fixed daytime seating converts to two single beds at night. A private en suite shower, washbasin and WC are also provided.

    Presidential Cabin

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    Each Presidential Cabin measures at 125 square feet, the ultimate in luxury train comfort. The cabins are configured as a private lounge during the day, with banquette style sofa and fixed chair, and two moveable chairs. Fixed daytime seating converts to two single beds at night. A private en suite shower, washbasin and WC are also provided.

     

  • *TERMS & CONDITIONS

    Conditions

    • A 25% non refundable deposit is required to confirm your booking, with the full balance payable 60 days prior to departure date.

    Important Conditions:

    • Minimum Passenger Requirements: All tours require a minimum passenger number to operate. Should this not be reached, we will offer possible alternatives. If an alternative is not suitable, a full refund may be offered. Rail Plus will not issue a refund unless and until Rail Plus receives the refunded sum in full from the supplier.
    • Travel insurance providing appropriate cover is strongly recommended.
    • More information upon request

    Refunds

    Written notice received Cancellation fee Administration fee for each change
    60 days or more Loss of deposit One free, then 10%
    21-59 days 40% 20%
    3-20 days 80% 60%
    Within 2 days of departure or no show 100% 100%