Indulge in the full Bangkok -> Singapore journey (4 days/3 nights), or enjoy one of the intermediate sector trips :
- Bangkok -> Butterworth (2 nights)
- Bangkok -> Kuala Lumpur (KL) (2 nights)
- Butterworth -> Singapore (1 night)
Day 1: depart Bangkok
The Eastern & Oriental Express departs Bangkok’s Hualampong station early evening. Having been welcomed onboard the gleaming 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 / Kanchanaburi
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. Later that morning, the E&O stops at Kanchanaburi - a good photo opportunity is provided as the train proceeds over the Bridge. Cruise along the Kwai Yai River aboard a traditional floating barge observing the many splendid Thai teakwood houses amidst peaceful scenery. A short coach ride takes you to the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre, where a local historian will provide an informative tour through the air-conditioned museum. Following this, there is an optional visit to the Don Rak war cemetery. Rejoin the E&O for lunch. 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
After breakfast, served in the comfort of your compartment, the train arrives into Butterworth. On arrival at Butterworth railway station, disembark and board coaches for a short ride to the Ferry Terminal. During the ferry crossing, your guide will provide a brief overview of Malaysia and the history of Penang. On arrival at historic Weld Quay on Penang you will proceed by coach into the heart of the island’s colonial district and the renowned Khoo Kongsi in Cannon Square, an outstanding example of the ancestral temples built by early Chinese immigrant associations. With intricate frescoed walls, enamel mosaic rooftops, and ornate gilded alters, the clan house is a monument of late Ch’ng Dynasty baroque architecture.
It is then time to board a traditional trishaw for a brief trip through the narrow streets of Georgetown. At Pitt Street, fondly called the Street of Harmony, all of Asia's major religions are represented - the Kapitan Kling Mosque, the Sri Mahamariaman Hindu Temple, and the Kuan Yin Goddess of Mercy Chinese Temple, which is one of the most popular goddesses to the Chinese Taoist community. To complement the religious diversity, the first Anglican Church in Asia, St George's Church, is also here. These four houses of worship are the oldest in Penang, dating back to the 1800s. The road leads on to Farquhar Street, named after Lieutenant Farquhar who was responsible for re-constructing Fort Cornwallis in 1804. Many of Penang's most famous colonial landmarks shoulder this beautiful street: the Penang Museum which was formerly the Penang Free School; the Roman Catholic Cathedral; and St Xavier's Institution, the first La Salle Brothers mission school which survived the Japanese bombings during the Second World War.
Continue on to the colonial splendour of the Eastern & Oriental Hotel, where a delicious Malaysian lunch awaits. Built by the Armenian Sarkies brothers, the E&O Hotel boasted the longest seafront in Asia when it opened in 1885. It shares its fame with the best hotels in the world during that era - the Strand in Burma and the Raffles in Singapore – also built by the Sarkies. After lunch, reboard your coach for the short ride back to the Ferry Terminal, passing Fort Cornwallis enroute. Arrive at Butterworth station to continue your journey aboard the Eastern & Oriental Express to Singapore.
Day 4: arrive Singapore
All too soon after breakfast, having crossed into Singapore via the causeway of the Straits of Johor, it's time to leave the train at Singapore’s Woodlands Train Checkpoint (WTCP).
|Day 1||Bangkok (Hualampong station)||-||17:50|
|Day 2||Wang Po
- transverse Trestle Viaduct
- guided tour of River Kwai
|Day 3||Butterworth (for Penang)
- guided tour of Georgetown
Kuala Lumpur (KL)
|Day 4||Singapore (Woodlands TCP)||11:05||-|
Departure dates from Bangkok: (schedule subject to change)
|October:||Monday 14, Monday 27|
|November:||Wednesday 5, Friday 21, Sunday 30|
E&O PROMOTION !
Book the full Bangkok -> Singapore journey for 2014 departures dates and enjoy :
- companion fare at 50% OFF !, or:
- 2 complimentary nights accommodation at the Mandarin Hotel Bangkok or Raffles Hotel Singapore (or one night in each)
plus complimentary transfers between railway station and hotel, or:
- 1 complimentary night accommodation at your choice of a Belmond Hotel in Asia
Terms & Conditions
- book before Tuesday 30 September 2014;
promotion may be withdrawn before this date without prior notice
- valid for journeys in twin-share Pullman or State Compartment
- complimentary accommodation based on room double occupancy;
single occupancy supplement may be applicable
- number of compartments allocated under this promotion is limited;
if promotion allocation is full, next best available rate is offered