This is your chance to take in Southeast Asia’s highlights with the region’s finest rail journey. Wrapped in a world of polished wood panelling, you’ll sweep through dense jungles, indulging with multi-course dining, pianist- accompanied cocktails and a full spread of off-train excursions, including a river-cruise cooking class. Then, after contrasting Bangkok's chaos and cutting-edge Singapore with a pair of luxury stays, you'll finish with five days on Langkawi island. Here, you’ll relax on one of National Geographic’s “Top 10 Beaches” and enjoy included kayaking and naturalist-led treks in a wildlife-filled rainforest. It's all linked by included flights and private transfers.
As with all our journeys, you’ll be picked up at home by a private chauffeur, who’ll bring you to the airport. Here, you’ll enjoy complimentary VIP lounge access before boarding your overnight flight.
Bangkok’s colourful chaos is a sheer delight, cut through by your private transfer from the airport to your luxury accommodation. It’s a world of river-side pools, indulgent spas and marbled rooms with views over the city skyline. But, you’ll also want to head out and explore. The Thai capital impresses with everything from the glittering Royal Palace to hidden-away monasteries that host saffron-robed monks. Don’t also miss out on the food scene, whether tasting your way through the street food or sampling fluffy dumplings among the neon of Chinatown.
Today it’s time to board the rail journey of a lifetime, arriving at Bangkok’s grand central station by way of private transfer. The personal service continues onboard, where you’ll be greeted by your personal steward. Then, it’s time to settle in among the rich silks and ornate marquetry of your luxurious cabin, watching as the city limits fade into the Thai countryside – views best taken in from the open-air observation car. You’ll also be treated to the first of your gourmet full-board meals, with dinner served among the sparkling crystal and silverware of the restaurant carriages. Expect the four courses to span from beef medallions to ayam biryani rice.
Breakfast & Dinner included
Begin the day with a continental breakfast, served in the comfort of your cabin. You’ll then roll into the humble town of Kanchanaburi, where you’ll begin your programme of included excursions. Perhaps showcase the region’s fascinating history with the famous River Kwai Bridge and the Thai-Burma Railway Museum, or get active with a guided bike ride through vibrant rice paddies, culminating with a visit to a local farm. Otherwise, you can visit a local wet market and rice noodle house with an expert chef, before taking a cooking class aboard a raft river cruise. As with each night, you’ll also be able to indulge with the complimentary drinks of the bar car, where champagne and mixologist cocktails are served up among a jazz-club atmosphere.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included
Swapping into Malaysia, you’ll spend the morning at leisure, admiring the views of the dense jungle and remote towns. After a lunch, perhaps of duck breast or pan-fried barramundi, you’ll then arrive into the royal town of Kuala Kangsar, where you’ll be brought on to Labu Kabong for a taste of rural Malaysian life. Here, you’ll be welcomed by a traditional ceremony from the villagers before enjoying a guided tour of the lush rice fields and a chance to taste the local produce. Alternatively, get active with a naturalist-led trek, concluding with a hilltop viewpoint and cold towels. Then, re-joining the train, you’ll finish in style with a glamorous final dinner, prefixed by a piano-accompanied cocktail in the bar car.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included
Following a final indulgent breakfast, you’ll disembark among Singapore’s glass and steel. A private driver will then be waiting at the station 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.
It’s time to finish in style, flying to Langkawi – Malaysia’s tropical island idyll. With your flight bookended by private transfers, you’ll arrive at your luxurious accommodation, perfectly sited among the canopy of a virgin rainforest. Expect a private balcony, a gorgeous dark-wood aesthetic and complimentary soft drinks in the minibar. However, you’ll also want to enjoy the near-private access to what is one of the world’s finest beaches, paired with everything from a luxe spa and infinity pool to yoga classes and jungle-cloaked fine dining. You’ll also be able to explore with a full range of included activities. Hit the bathtub-warm waters with kayaks and snorkelling gear or spot geckos and primates on bike rides and naturalist-led hikes.
After breakfast today, a private driver will see you to the airport for your overnight flight back. Then, once returned, a chauffeur will be waiting to see you home.
"I put together this itinerary by popular demand. While the train journey alone is worth the trip, many of our clients also wanted to add on some beach relaxation to their journey out east. So, I've picked out one of Malaysia's finest island getaways, offering the chance to both unwind on white sands and explore an old-growth jungle animated by unique wildlife."
Low Season from: £5,270 pp
High Season from: £6,295 pp