Your taste of the orient begins in ultra-modern city scape of Bangkok lies adjacent to quiet canal side communities. A 3-night stay means you have ample time to explore the cities ornate shrines, opulent palace, floating market & buzzing night market at Patpong
Journey through the tropical landscapes of Thailand & Malaysia while reliving one of the most glamorous eras of travel. Immerse yourself in the Agatha Christie style opulence of the Eastern & Oriental Express as you depart from Singapore station. Watch the city disappear as the scenery transforms into lush countryside. Visit grand Ududiah Mosque, the Royal Museum of Perak and the Sultan Shah Gallery on route. Witness first-hand the infamous Bridge over the River Kwai & take a cruise along the picturesque river with a local historian. Savour delicious cuisine and refreshing sundowners from the dining and bar cars on this one in a life time rail adventure.
The island country of Singapore known as the ‘Lion City', offers smoky temples sitting in the shadows of glistening skyscrapers. Explore the iconic Gardens by the Bay, take a ride on the Singapore flyer or head to the world famous Long Bar at Raffles Hotel to sit and sip a 'Singapore Sling'.
Experience the Singapore Flyer, a giant observation wheel for panoramic views od the city.
Visit the peaceful chinese garden in east Singapore designed around Chinese art.
Visit the iconic floating markets in Bangkok for an insight into the traditional ways of life in Thailand.
Regarded as one of the most sacred Buddhist temples in Thailand.
Fly Overnight from London to Bangkok, Thailand.
Private transfer on arrival to 5* Shangri La Bangkok or Similar. Overnight, Bangkok
Today, enjoy a private guided tour of Bangkok's major temples.
This half-day tour visits three of the most significant temples in Bangkok renowned for their cultural values and Buddhist sacredness.
The first is the “Wat Trimit”, known as the temple of the Golden Buddha, which protects the 3 metre tall Buddha statue crafted from 5.5 tons of solid gold, which is a fine example of Sukhothai style art. As you pass through Chinatown you will see the second and oldest temple called “Wat Pho” also known as the temple of the reclining Buddha, which is also home to the authentic therapeutic Thai massage and the Chedis of the Kings. At 46 metres in length and 15 metres high the Buddha is the largest in Bangkok and illustrates the passing of the Buddha into nirvana.
The third and final temple is the “Wat Benchamabophit”, also known as the Marble Temple. This monastery was built out of white Italian marble from Carrara in the 19th century and houses one of the country's most beautiful Buddha images. To round off the tour, we call in at a local lapidary factory and showroom where you will be able to get locally made jewelry, handicrafts and silk at competitive prices.
Day at leisure to explore. Overnight, Bangkok
Private transfer to the station. Board the gleaming carriages of the Eastern & Oriental Express at Bangkok’s Hua Lamphong Station in the evening. Your steward will show you to your elegant private cabin, where you have time to settle in as the journey begins. Make your way to the teakwood Observation Car to enjoy spectacular open views of the sun setting over the lush landscapes. Return to your cabin to dress for dinner before taking your seat in one of the sumptuous Restaurant Cars. Indulge in a gastronomic feast of eastern and western specialities, expertly prepared by our onboard chefs. Afterwards, you may wish to enjoy a convivial nightcap in the Bar Car while being entertained by the resident pianist. Retire to your cabin, which has been converted into a cosy bedroom by your steward.
As morning breaks in rural Kanchanaburi Province, breakfast is served in your cabin. Later, the train arrives at River Kwai Station, where you disembark 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 minivan to the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre and perhaps pay a visit to the Don Rak War Cemetery before returning to the train.
2. Tracks to Unseen Thailand Tour Board a private minivan 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.
3. Local Flavours Tour Your guided tour begins with visits to a vibrant wet market and an acclaimed rice noodle house where you will gain an insight into the traditional processes 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.
Back on board, a leisurely afternoon awaits. Take time to relax and recharge your batteries before preparing for a sumptuous dinner, preceded perhaps by one of our enticing signature cocktails in the Bar Car. Overnight on board.
Indulge in a lie-in before breakfast in your cabin as the Eastern & Oriental Express enters Malaysia. Notice the landscape change as limestone massifs rear up dramatically from the rice fields. Spend the morning relaxing in the Observation Car or Saloon Car, reading, chatting with fellow guests or simply gazing at the passing scenery. After lunch you arrive in Kuala Kangsar and alight to board a coach. Travel away from the city to Labu Kubong, a village set among the paddy fields and backed by lush mountains. Here you embark on a 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. Alternatively, advanced trekkers may wish to join our optional hill trek. Your trek begins with a visit to a banana and durian plantation before you join your guide—an expert naturalist—to climb to the peak of the nearby hill. Cold towels and refreshments greet your arrival at the top, following your challenging walk, as well as breathtaking panoramas over the village and plantations. Peer through the binoculars provided and you may even catch a glimpse of the train waiting at nearby Padang Rengas Station. Please note, this excursion is recommended for advanced walkers only. We advise wearing comfortable and sturdy walking shoes for both excursions. Both of the Labu Kubong options are weather permitting. In inclement weather, you’ll enjoy a guided tour of Kuala Kangsar instead. Your guide will lead you on a journey through the fascinating royal town, taking in such sights as the majestic Ubudiah Mosque and the treasure-filled Sultan Shah Gallery. Rejoin the train as it continues south through the lush rainforests and rural west-coast towns of Peninsular Malaysia. Prepare for a gastronomic dinner and a relaxing evening in the Bar Car. Overnight on board.
Breakfast is served in your cabin as you savour the last leg of your journey. Course through expansive palm plantations dotted with traditional settlement homes in the southernmost state of Johor. Cross the Causeway over the Straits for a late-morning arrival into cosmopolitan Singapore, your final exciting destination. Private transfer from the Station to 5* hotel. Overnight, Singapore
Today, explore the 'Gardens by the Bay.
Discover Singapore’s new botanical wonder, the Gardens by the Bay, a breathtaking horticultural paradise and cutting-edge green space built on land reclaimed from the sea. In the short time the Gardens have been open they have established themselves as one of the island’s must-see destinations.
Bay South Garden, which was opened to the public in 2012, is the largest of the three gardens, with its 54 hectares showcasing the best of tropical horticulture and garden artistry. Make your way to the two cooled conservatories situated along the edge of the Marina Reservoir: the Flower Dome, featuring plants from the Mediterranean and other semi-arid tropical regions, including thousand year-old olive trees, baobabs and cacti; and the Cloud Forest, which replicates the conditions found in tropical mountain regions and features orchids, ferns, pitcher plants and many other species besides. It even boasts a 35-metre man-made mountain and waterfall.
Then it’s time to step outside to explore the Supertree Grove. The Supertrees are colossal tree-like structures, each with vertical gardens, ranging in height between 25 and 50 metres. Don’t miss the stunning bird’s eye view to be had from the 22-metre high Skyway linking two of the tallest Supertrees. In the evening, when darkness falls, the Supertrees come to life with a spectacular light and sound show at 7:45pm and 8:45pm nightly. Round off your visit by picking up some souvenirs at one of the three garden shops
Day at leisure to explore. Overnight, Singapore
Private transfer to the airport for your return overnight flight to London
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