Highlights

  • Enjoy all the elegance of a bygone era of rail travel
  • Stop off for a range of guided excursions
  • Indulge with full-board fine dining
  • End each night with a pianist-accompanied nightcap
  • Bookend your trip with luxury stays

As on one of the world’s most luxurious railway journeys, you’ll travel past rural villages and vibrant rainforests to knit together two of Asia’s greatest cities in consummate style. Expect complimentary bar-car drinks, full-board gourmet dining and flawless service from your very own personal steward. In between, you’ll also enjoy a choice of complimentary excursions, ranging from cooking classes and river cruises to cycle rides and naturalist-led hikes. To get your bearings, we’ve also included two luxurious nights among the contrasting delights of Singapore and Bangkok.


Day 1

Depart UK

Begin in style with a complimentary chauffeur transfer to the airport, where you’ll enjoy VIP airport lounge access before your overnight flight.


Days 2 – 3

Singapore's skyscraping futurism

You’ll be welcomed to Singapore by its iconic skyline and a private transfer, bringing you directly to your luxury hotel. It’s a colonial jewel, all dark-wood marquetry and rooftop-bar views. It’s also perfectly positioned to explore. And, with two days here, you’ll quickly uncover Singapore’s cutting edge in its gleaming art installations and sky-walk gardens, while its heritage shines through in vermillion temples, cultural enclaves and those famous hawker markets.

Stay: The Fullerton

Breakfast included

Singapore

Marina Bay

The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore

The Fullerton Hotel


Day 4

The Eastern & Oriental Express

After breakfast today, a private transfer will see you to Woodlands Station, where your personal steward and the Eastern & Oriental Express – gleaming in its green-and-gold livery – are waiting to whisk you way. Then, as the train crosses over the Johur Causeway and into the lush landscapes of peninsular Malaysia, you’ll be brought afternoon tea to take among the cherry-wood panelling of your private cabin. There’s also time to stroll along to the Observation Car to watch as rural settlements rush past before you change for dinner – a multi-course affair of western and oriental specialities. Cap it all off with a cocktail in the Bar Car, soundtracked by the resident pianist, of course.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Private cabin, Eastern & Oriental Express

Private cabin

Observation Car, Eastern & Oriental Express

Observation Car

Live Bar Car music, Eastern & Oriental Express

Live Bar Car music


Day 5

Malaysia's rural idyll

As the train weaves past coastal towns and verdant rainforests, you’ll take a leisurely breakfast in the comfort of your cabin. You’ll also enjoy the first of your included guided tours, stopping at Kuala Kangsar and a remote village surrounded by rice paddies and mountains. It’s the chance to experience Malaysian rural life, with everything from food tastings to dance performances and guided rice-paddy walks. Otherwise, you might want to join the expert naturalist for a hill trek, where you’ll be treated to panoramic views along with cold towels and refreshments at the top. Back on board, there’s time to relax with lunch and dinner as giant limestone massifs glide past.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Eastern & Oriental Express

Eastern & Oriental Express

Bar Car, Eastern & Oriental Express

Bar Car


Day 6

Bridge Over the River Kwai

Crossing over into Thailand, you’ll be greeted this morning by a true icon – the Bridge Over the River Kwai. Here, you’ll have a choice of guided excursions. Perhaps cruise along the river aboard a local raft, taking in the splendid teakwood houses that dot its banks before pausing at the illuminating Thai-Burma Railway Centre. Alternatively, between refreshment stops, a cycle tour will see you among bright-green rice fields and traditional farms, while a cooking tour showcases vibrant wet markets and acclaimed rice-noodle houses. It culminates with a cooking class as you cruise down the river. Then, returning to the train, you’ll be treated to further gourmet indulgences for lunch, before you arrive into Bangkok where a private driver will be waiting to see you to your luxury hotel.

Stay: Mandarin Oriental

Breakfast & Lunch included

Eastern & Oriental Express

Eastern & Oriental Express

Bridge on the River Kwai, Eastern & Oriental Expressover

Bridge over the River Kwai, Eastern & Oriental Express

Restaurant Car, Eastern & Oriental Express

Restaurant Car


Day 7

Bangkok

Tucked away on the river, the marbled rooms, spa treatments and waterside dining of your elegant accommodation are a secluded world away from the Bangkok bustle. However, you’ll also want to take in the city’s famous highlights. Don’t miss out on the gleaming Royal Palace, frenetic Chinatown and the energy of the markets, whether floating or landbound.

Stay: Mandarin Oriental

Breakfast included

Bangkok temple

Bangkok temple

Floating market, Bangkok

Floating market


Days 8 – 9

Depart for UK

Your overnight flight back to the UK will be bookended by private-chauffeur transfers, bringing you right to your door. 

This itinerary is also available in reverse.

Breakfast included


"I've chosen to feature this itinerary as a complement to the Orient Express's European offering. It's perfect for those who want to experience all the indulgence of the world's most luxurious rail journey, but would like to swap Venetian grandeur for the exoticism of the Far East. To give you further time to explore, I've also included stays in two of Asia's greatest cities – Singapore and Bangkok."

Esther Ward

Destination Specialist

Guide price from £3,920 pp incl. flights

Low Season from: £3,920 pp
High Season from: £4,375 pp

  • Return UK chauffeur service
  • Complimentary UK airport lounge access
  • Return flights with British Airways between London, Bangkok & Singapore
  • Private transfers through-out
  • 4 nights accommodation staying in 5* (Deluxe) hotels on a B&B basis
  • 3 day/2 night Belmond rail journey on the Eastern & Oriental Express including all meals, drinks (incl house wines, beers & spirits) and excursions based on selected dates
  • Low season based on September departures & high season November - 08 December departures
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