Rail & Tours in Thailand & Singapore

Singapore & Thailand: Ride the Eastern & Oriental Express

A truly unique luxury experience

This luxurious train offers unique journeys that capture the mystical wonders and cultures of Thailand and Singapore - including a trip to the iconic bridge over the River Kwai!

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2 nights
  • Accommodation
  • Selected drinks
  • Selected meals
  • Daily breakfast
  • Day cruises
  • Day tours

About this holiday

Eastern & Oriental Express

From the vibrant cities of Singapore and Bangkok, the scenery unfolds 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 journey on the Eastern & Oriental Express is an experience which will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.

Read on for the incredible full itinerary



  • Travel and overnight accommodation on board the Eastern & Oriental Express luxury train

  • Dedicated 24-hour steward service

  • Daily four-course dinner: Seasonal table d’hóte menu, including coffee, tea and petits fours.

  • Beverages: including house wine, house spirits, local beer and soft drinks. Premium drinks, and drinks ordered to quest cabins will also be available, at an additional charge.

  • Daily continental breakfast served in your cabin

  • Daily three-course lunch and afternoon tea

  • Guided cruise along the River Kwai and visit to the War Museum

  • Guided tour of Kuala Kangsar


Onboard accommodation

There are three 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.

Travel dates

2019 departures from $4,278pp



Day One: Singapore - Kuala Lumpur 

On arrival at The Fullerton Hotel you are greeted by the Eastern & Oriental Express team, who assist with your luggage and check-in formalities. You will be escorted to Woodlands Railway Station, where your steward warmly welcomes you aboard and shows you to your elegant cabin. The train leaves Singapore and crosses over the Johor Causeway into Peninsular Malaysia. As the journey continues northward you are served a refreshing afternoon tea in your cabin. Stroll along to the Observation Car to admire the passing scenery of lush landscapes and rural settlements. Later, dress for an exquisite dinner of eastern and western specialities in the Restaurant Car, followed by an enticing cocktail or liqueur in the Bar Car where our resident pianist plays. Retire to your cabin, which has been transformed into an inviting bedroom. 

Day Two: Kuala Kangsar 

As the train travels through the verdant rainforests and rural west-coast towns of Malaysia, enjoy a leisurely breakfast in the comfort of your cabin. Arrive at Kuala Kangsar and alight to board a coach, which whisks you away from the city to a rural village set among the rice paddies and surrounded by hills and mountains. Here you have two excursions to choose from (whichever you choose, we recommend you bring comfortable walking shoes that may get a little muddy): 

1. Traditional Village Experience 

A chance to immerse yourself in rural Malaysian life. The villagers welcome you with a traditional martial arts dance before you sample regional food and drink and browse locally produced handicrafts. Enjoy a guided walk through the rice paddies to learn about the process of planting and harvesting before heading to a plantation where rubber, banana and durian are grown. Your tour finishes with refreshments that include banana and durian chips produced from the plantation crops. 

2. Hill Trek 

Your excursion begins with a visit to a rubber, banana and durian plantation. After sampling the delicious chips produced here, join your guide—an expert naturalist—on a walk up the hill, learning about the local area as you go. Cold towels and refreshments greet your arrival at the top, alongside panoramic views over the village and surrounding rice paddies. Peer through the binoculars provided and you may even catch a glimpse of the train waiting at nearby Padang Rengas Station! 

Rejoin the train at Padang Rengas Station and enjoy lunch before spending a relaxing afternoon either in your cabin, the bar or the Observation Car. Look out for the picturesque limestone massifs that rear up from the rice fields. As the train crosses into Thailand, the scenery changes to include wing-roofed Thai temples and bustling stations. In the evening, further culinary delights are served in the Restaurant Car, after which you may wish to enjoy a convivial drink in the Bar Car before your final night’s sleep on board. 

Day Three: River Kwai - Bangkok 

Following breakfast in your cabin, disembark at River Kwai Station late morning for your chosen excursion: 

1. Classic Tour 

Cruise along the Khwae Yai River aboard a local raft, taking in views of the splendid Thai teakwood houses along the banks. Your guide provides an insight into the building of the infamous railway and bridge, which were constructed by allied prisoners in World War II. After the cruise, board a coach to the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre and perhaps pay a visit to the Don Rak War Cemetery before returning to the train. 

2. Cycle Tour 

Board a private coach to rural Nong Kao village for your hour-long bicycle tour. Cycle through the verdant rice fields, stopping for a fascinating demonstration at a local Thai farm and refreshments. Return to the Traditional Thai Wooden House for a relaxing herbal infusion before returning to the train by coach. 

3. Culinary Tour 

Your guided tour begins with visits to a vibrant wet market and an acclaimed rice noodle house, where you gain an insight into the traditional cooking methods used. You then proceed to Wat Nue Pier to board a river raft and participate in a traditional Thai cooking class on board as you sail along the River Kwai. Disembark at Chong Kai War Cemetery for an optional visit before returning to the train by coach. 

Back on board, lunch is served as the train makes its stately way towards Bangkok, arriving in the late afternoon. Alight here for your onward travels. 

Please note: Eastern & Oriental Express operates within the constraints of the railway network. As such, timings, routes and associated itineraries are subject to change. 


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Fine print

*Travel at 60 and Rail Plus booking conditions apply. Please contact us for more information.

  • Sale Dates: until 28 Sep 2018
  • Travel dates: September and October 2018
  • Offer only valid while stocks last and can be withdrawn at any time.
  • Valid on Pullman & State Twin Cabins only subject to availability.
  • Not valid on Presidential Cabin and Fables of the Peninsula Journey.
  • Offer valid on twin share basis only.
  • Please contact us for further terms and conditions.
  • Promo code: EC50 - must be advised at time of enquiry.
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