• Explore west-coast Malaysia on the iconic Eastern & Oriental Express
  • Indulge with onboard fine dining and all-inclusive drinks
  • Step off the train to take in two island idylls in Penang and Langawai
  • Experience the cultural and culinary highlights of Singapore
  • Enjoy an included city tour and a stay in a historic spa hotel

Experience the city sights and island delights of Singapore and west-coast Malaysia on this luxurious rail holiday. You'll begin with a stay in one of Singapore's finest and most elegant hotels, perfectly placed for exploring the city's rich mix of ultra-modern and colonial architecture, and delving into its famed culinary scene. Then, after making your introductions on an included city tour, you’ll board the legendary Eastern & Oriental Express for a three-day journey north, skirting verdant rainforests, vibrant cities and a glorious coastline to visit marine parks in Langkawi and cut through the layers of Penang's colonial heritage. You'll then wind your way back to Singapore, enjoying wine-paired dining and immaculate service throughout.

Day 1

UK to Singapore

With included UK airport lounge access, you’ll enjoy a relaxing start to your holiday before your overnight flight to the island city of Singapore.

Days 2 – 3

The sights of Singapore

On arrival in Singapore, a private driver will then be waiting at the airport to see you on to your luxury accommodation – the Fullerton. Set in the city’s neoclassical colonial post office, it combines National-Monument heritage with the likes of infinity pools and first-class spa treatments. It’s a perfect introduction to the city’s contrasting charms.

One moment you could be admiring a multi-tiered Chinese temple or tucking into mouth-watering hawker markets, and the next marvelling at man-made super-tree ecosystems and giant, surfboard-capped skyscrapers.

Breakfast included

Infinity pool, Fullerton Hotel, Singapore

Infinity pool, Fullerton Hotel

Supertrees, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

Day 4

Eastern & Oriental Express to Kuala Lumpur

Today, a private transfer will see you to Singapore’s Woodlands Station where you’ll board the famous green and cream carriages of the Eastern & Oriental Express – one of the world’s most elegant trains. Indeed, between its Cherrywood-panelled corridors, Malaysian embroidery, the atmospheric bar car and the fine marquetry of its restaurant carriage, it’s the ultimate way to explore in style.

As you begin your journey north, you’ll settle into your air-conditioned cabin, enjoying an exquisite afternoon tea with sweeping views of Malaysia’s cities, towns, jungles and coastline, taken in either from the comforts of your suite or the observation car, complete with open-air viewing platform.  In the evening, dress for dinner, and savour the flavours of locally inspired specialities in the Dining Car, followed by an evening of entertainment on board. 

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Eastern & Oriental Express

Eastern & Oriental Express

View of Kuala Lumpur skyline at twilight, including the twin Petronas Towers

The Kuala Lumpur skyline at twilight

Day 5

Island delights in Langkawi

During breakfast in the Dining Car, soak up the vistas as the train courses past the rice paddies and timeless rural villages of western Malaysia. After lunch, alight at Alor Setar station for a 25-minute boat trip to Langkawi’s Pulau Payar Marine Park, renowned for its vibrant underwater life, from parrot fish and angel fish to moray eels and grouper. Here, you will be provided with a luxury picnic set and have an array of options to choose from. Unwind with wellness experiences such as a massage, meditation and tai chi, try paddle boarding and snorkelling or stride off on an island walk. With a friendly welcome from the locals and access to a bar for cocktails and a BBQ, this is a true glimpse of paradise. Returning to the train, an evening of lively celebrations with local entertainers awaits in the Piano Bar Car, accompanied by a delicious dinner.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Eastern & Oriental Express

Eastern & Oriental Express

Langkawi, Malaysia

Langkawi, Malaysia

Day 6

Penang's colonial heritage

Today you arrive in Penang Island, Malaysia’s cultural melting pot, where you have a choice of excursions. The first is a discovery of the culinary art of Peranakan cooking, where you will visit a spice shop and traditional grocery stores to purchase herbs and vegetables, before trying your hand at making some enticing local dishes. The second suits those with a passion for culture and art, taking you to Georgetown Old Quarter to see stunning temples, a contemporary studio and an opera and puppet house.

Lastly, you can choose to explore independently. Armed with a map, a tri-shaw and a driver, navigate Georgetown’s picturesque streets at your own pace. Your driver will take you anywhere you want to go, from grand attractions to hidden corners.

Rejoin the train at Butterworth for lunch and a leisurely afternoon on board. A final celebratory evening beckons with irresistible cuisine, entertainment and company. If you’re still up shortly after midnight, you’ll glimpse Kuala Lumpur as the train passes through.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Restaurant, Eastern & Oriental Express

Restaurant, Eastern & Oriental Express

Cycle Rickshaw, Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia

Cycle Rickshaw, Georgetown, Penang

Kek Lok Si Temple at dusk with bright lanterns against a darkening sky, Penang, Malaysia

Kek Lok Si Temple, Penang

Day 7

Farewells in Singapore

Enjoy breakfast in your cabin or the Dining Car as you travel through the southernmost state of Johor, known for its beaches and rainforest. Soon afterwards, the train crosses the strait to Singapore, where you disembark with your magical memories.

Om arrival into Singapore today a private transfer will whisk you to the Fullerton Hotel for a final night before your flight home.

Breakfast included

Singapore skyline

Singapore skyline

Fullerton Hotel, Singapore

Fullerton Hotel, Singapore

Days 8 – 9

Singapore to UK

After a leisurely breakfast and, depending on your flight time, a last chance to explore, a private transfer will see you to the airport in time for your overnight flight home.

Breakfast included

About the itinerary

"This is the ideal itinerary for anyone wanting to get a taste of the cities and islands of west coast Malaysia, while travelling in consummate luxury. Aside from the fineries of the Eastern & Oriental Express, I've also added in a pair of stays at my favourite Singapore hotel – a grand dame host to a stylish infinity pool and opulent spa."

Andy Austen

Destination Specialist

Pricing information

Guide price from £5,635 pp incl. flights

Low Season from: £5,635 pp
High Season from: £5,710 pp

The Eastern & Oriental Express Essence of Malaysia route operates on selected dated in Nov / Dec 2024 / Jan / Feb 2025 departing Singapore on Mondays

An alternative route will operate 04 Mar - Nov 2024 combining Taman Negara National Park and Penang


  • Complimentary access to UK departure lounge access
  • Return flights between UK and Singapore
  • Private arrival transfer from airport to hotel
  • 2 nights pre-accommodation in 5* hotel in Singapore on a BB basis
  • Private departure transfer from hotel to check-in at Raffles
  • Eastern & Oriental transfer from Raffles to Woodlands station
  • Eastern & Oriental Express including selected meals prepared by on-board chefs in a Pullman Cabin
  • Boat excursion to Pulau Payar Marine Park, Langkawi
  • Luxury picnic and a choice of activities in Pulau Payar Marine Park
  • Choice of excursions in Penang including food markets and cooking class, or a historic Georgetown tour
  • Private arrival transfer from station to hotel
  • 1 night post-accommodation in 5* hotel in Singapore on a BB basis

Upgrades to State Cabins and Presidential Cabins available on request - please ask your specialist for assistance