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. 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 with resident pianist.
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 Labu Kubong, a village set among 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.
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 selected excursion from a choice of a cruise along the Khwae Yai River aboard a local raft, taking in views of the splendid Thai teakwood houses along the banks, and an insight from your guide into the building of the infamous railway and bridge. 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. Alternatively, you may choose a cycle tour through the verdant rice fields, stopping for a fascinating demonstration at a local Thai farm and refreshments, as well as a visit to a Traditional Thai Wooden House. Another favourite to choose from is a traditional Thai cooking class on board a raft as you sail along the River Kwai. Disembark at Chong Kai War Cemetery for an optional visit before returning to the train by minivan.
Back on board, lunch is served as the train makes its stately way towards Bangkok, arriving in the late afternoon.
Please note Eastern & Oriental Express operates within the constraints of the railway network. As such, timings, routes and associated itineraries are subject to change.