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Members of the Club (free to join) benefit from:

- discount off the published prices of any Belmond journey;

a thank-you gift for every completed journey;

- 50% Companion Fare – book before the end of September to travel in 2014 and your companion will travel half price.  Only on Singapore to Bangkok or Bangkok to Singapore.

Two free nights, Mandarin Oriental Bangkok or Raffles Singapore OR one night at each, before and after your journey  - book to travel before 30 September.

-  One free night after your journey at a Belmond hotel in Asia - book to travel before 30 September 2014.  Only on Singapore to Bangkok or Bangkok to Singapore.

- NOTE: Train promotions cannot be combined (except for Club discount), are only valid for new bookings and are subject to availability.

American Express cards are accepted by the Club without charges until October 1, 2014 for these journeys, which we quote for in GBP (£).

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Fay says, “Superlative service, graciously offered, in the sumptuous surroundings of a luxury train from the same stable as the Venice Simplon-Orient Express; need I say more?”

About the Train

Experience a panoramic view of the mystical landscapes of  Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Laos.  The bygone Colonial era of Singapore Slings, afternoon  tea and a tinkling piano amidst sumptuous surroundings conjures up a forgotten world.  Along with carriages incorporating Eastern motifs and themes, it is as exotic as it sounds.

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The majesty and splendour of the Eastern & Oriental Express (E&O) with its comfortable, elegant lounges and suites,  panoramic windows, delicious cuisine and superb service, combined with the adventure of a journey through the heart of Asia, is a truly unique way to experience the full wonder of this remarkable region.  Each journey begins with stewards in exquisite Thai uniforms waiting to welcome you onboard the train, their hands pressed together in a gracious wai gesture – a promise of the memorable journey to come.

Within the variety of the tours one can – cross  Malaysia via the causeway of the Straits of Johor;  travel  up the Malay Peninsula through lush palm plantations before pausing by the Moorish splendour of Kuala Lumpur station; visit Penang to discover the mosques and colourful shophouses of Georgetown;  feel the atmospheric thick jungle crowding in around the train passing through southern Thailand;  pass small villages and hill top temples en-route to Kanchanaburi and the infamous Bridge over the River Kwai;  wander around the capital city of Laos, Vientiane, with its gilded Buddhist temples alongside French colonial architecture;  enjoy the  bustling, vibrant city of Bangkok with its wonderful temples and markets; amble around Singapore with its history and the elegant Raffles;  have the experience of guided tours and lectures;  ride elephants  -  and so much more.

Accommodation

Suites

The Eastern & Oriental Express offers guests four categories of elegant private cabins: Pullman Single, Pullman, State Cabin and Presidential Cabin. Most offer twin-sharing accommodation; all are fully air-conditioned with en-suite shower and toilet.

Cherry wood and elm burr panelling provide the backdrop for decorative marquetry friezes and intricate design inlays that enhance the fine fabrics and carpets.

Pullman Cabin:  There are 30 Pullman Cabins that measure comfortably at 62 square feet.  During the daytime the compartment is a private lounge provided by a banquette style sofa.  At night the seating converts to an upper and lower bed. A private en suite shower, washbasin and WC is also provided in your cabin, along with a wardrobe and in-room safe.  Here is a diagram of the Pullman Cabin

State Cabin:  There are 28 State Cabins which measure 84 square feet each. Configured as a private lounge during the day, with a banquette style sofa, fixed chair and one movable chair.  Fixed daytime seating converts into two single beds at night.  A private en suite shower, washbasin and WC is also provided in your cabin, along with a wardrobe and in-room safe.  Here is a diagram of the State Cabin.

Presidential Suite:  Each Presidential Cabin measures at 125 square feet, the ultimate in luxury train comfort.  The cabins are configured as a private lounge during the day, with banquette style sofa and fixed chair, and two moveable chairs. Fixed daytime seating converts to two single beds at night.   A private en suite shower, washbasin and WC is also provided in your cabin, along with a wardrobe and in-room safe.  Guests in Presidential Suites enjoy the additional benefit of a complimentary bar in their cabin. Here is a diagram of the Presidential Suite.

The Dining Cars
You are assured of excellent Eastern and European cuisine in the dining cars, sitting at tables for 2 or 4 people in surroundings lavishly decorated with rosewood and elm panelling. Lunch and dinner are served in the restaurants whilst breakfast is served in your suite.  Afternoon tea can be taken wherever you would like.

The Bar Car
Find cocktails, aperitifs, liqueurs and a fully stocked international bar on the Eastern & Oriental Express each evening, whilst enjoying a medley of music from the resident pianist as well as local entertainment. The bar is open throughout the day and late into the night.

The Observation Car
This car offers you a truly unobstructed view of the scenery around you, with an open observation deck.  Its interior section is the perfect place to enjoy cocktails amidst a colonial ‘veranda’ ambiance with its teak wood flooring, panelled walls, rattan furniture and potted plants. One-third of the Observation Car is an outdoor observation area decorated with teak wood.    It is the highlight of any train and is the perfect place to watch the exquisite scenery drift by as you sip a cocktail in the evening, tea in the afternoon or that early morning tea/coffee as the sun is rising.

 

The Classic Journeys

Bangkok to Singapore:  Four days, three  nights

Travel from Bangkok across the beautiful scenery that Thailand offers, past the legendary River Kwai and onwards to Malaysia.  Enjoy the sights of colonial Georgetown and Fort Cornwallis, before crossing the causeway over the Straits of Johor to the elegant city of Singapore.

Day one: Bangkok.   Stewards in traditional silk uniforms greet you as you join  the Eastern & Oriental Express  prior to its departure in the early evening. Having been welcomed onboard the gleaming carriages, settle into your comfortable cabin.  Dinner is served as the train travels from the  city into the countryside with its rice-fields, villages and water buffalo.  Retire to your cabin, transformed into a cosy bedroom by your steward.

Day two: Wang Po & River Kwai.  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.   On arrival at the River Kwai Bridge station, we disembark to walk down to the jetty to board a local raft for a cruise the picturesque Kwai Yai river, passing under the Bridge.  On board, a local historian provides a brief overview of the history of the Thailand-Burma railway and the bridge.  At the E&O landing point you board a motor coach for a brief trip past the North Temple and Chinese Cemetery to the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre. Explore this informative museum, where an historian is available to answer questions.  There is time to visit the Don Rak War Cemetery adjacent to the museum.
Rejoin the coach for the short ride to the Kanchanaburi railway station to board the Eastern & Oriental Express and enjoy dinner with a drink in the Bar Car before retiring for the night.

Day three: Penang.   Brunch is served before arrival into Butterworth where you will disembark for the crossing to Penang and a guided introductory tour of colonial Georgetown with pre-World War II mosques, elaborately-roofed temples, churches, bazaars and colourful shophouses.  After the  short ride back to Butterworth and rejoining the train, spend the afternoon watching the passing scenery from one of the lounge cars or from the open deck of the Observation Car.  Dinner is served in one of the opulent dining cars and then spend a relaxing evening in the Bar Car with its resident pianist.

Day four: Singapore.  After breakfast, it is soon time to leave the train, having crossed the Straits of Johor into Singapore.

Dates and Prices  2014/2015

2014:   September 28.  October 14,27.  November 5,21,30.  December 23.

Price per person from:  Pullman Superior:  GBP £1,720.    State Cabin: GBP £2,460.   Presidential Suite: GBP £3,740

2015: 

HIGH SEASON: January 3,23,31.  February 9,21.  March 5,13,23.  October 7,18,26.  November 4,11,18,29.  December 25.

Price per person from:  Pullman Superior:  GBP £1,810.    State Cabin: GBP £2,580.   Presidential Suite: GBP £3,930

LOW SEASON: April 6,24.  May 10,19.  June 22.  July 24.  August 28.  September 9.

Price per person from:  Pullman Superior:  GBP £1,640.    State Cabin: GBP £2,350.   Presidential Suite: GBP £3,410

Prices are per person based on double occupancy.  Single occupancy available on all journeys, for all categories- please contact us for details.

 

Singapore to Bangkok:  Three days, two nights

Journey from Singapore to Bangkok, through the heart of South-East Asia on board the Eastern & Oriental Express, visiting colonial Georgetown, Fort Cornwallis and the infamous River Kwai.

Day one: Singapore.  Following check-in at the Raffles Hotel,  stewards in traditional silk uniforms greet you as you join  The Eastern & Oriental Express prior to its departure from  Singapore’s Woodland Railway station. Settle into your suite and enjoy the passing scenery as the train crosses to Malaysia via the causeway of the Straits of Johor.  Lunch is served in one of the opulent dining cars, and then one can  relax during the afternoon. Dress for dinner and then spend a relaxing evening in the Bar Car in the company of our resident pianist. During the evening, the E&O pauses at Kuala Lumpur’s magnificent Moorish-style station where you may disembark for a stroll.  Retire to your cabin which has been transformed into a cosy bedroom.

Day two: Penang.  At the mainland station, disembark for the crossing to Penang and a guided introductory tour of the historic town of colonial Georgetown with pre-World War II mosques, elaborately-roofed temples, churches, bazaars and colourful shophouses.  Reboard the waiting coaches for the short ferry ride back to Butterworth and the Eastern & Oriental Express for lunch.  As the train crosses into Thailand spend the afternoon watching the changing scenery from the open deck of the Observation Car or relax in the comfort of the Saloon Car.  Dinner is served in the sumptuous dining car.

Day three: River Kwai & Bangkok.  After breakfast E&O arrives at the River Kwai Bridge station where we disembark to walk down to the jetty to board a local raft for a cruise the picturesque Kwai Yai river, passing under the Bridge. On board, a local historian provides a brief overview of the history of the Thailand-Burma railway and the bridge.  At the E&O landing point you board a motor coach for a brief trip past the North Temple and Chinese Cemetery to the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre.  Explore this informative museum, where an historian is available to answer questions.  There is time to visit the Don Rak War Cemetery adjacent to the museum.  Rejoin the coach for the transfer to Kanchanaburi railway station from where your E&O journey continues with lunch.  Arrive into Bangkok in the late afternoon.

Dates and Prices 2014/2015

2014:  September 20.  October 3.  November 1,10,26.  December 19.

Price per person from:  Pullman Superior:  GBP £1,640.    State Cabin: GBP £2,350.   Presidential Suite: GBP £3,740

2015:  

HIGH SEASON: January 17,27.  February 5,14.  March 9,17.  October 12,23.  November 1,8,15.  December 21,28.

Price per person from:  Pullman Superior:  GBP £1,720.    State Cabin: GBP £2,470.   Presidential Suite: GBP £3,930

LOW SEASON:  April 18.  May 4.  June 7.  July 21. August 24.  October 12,23.  November 1,8,15.  December 21,28.

Price per person from:  Pullman Superior:  GBP £1,640.    State Cabin: GBP £2,350.   Presidential Suite: GBP £3,410

Prices are per person based on double occupancy.  Single occupancy available on all journeys, for all categories – please contact us for details.

 

Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok:  Two days, one night

Journey from Kuala Lumpur to exciting Bangkok through the heart of South-East Asia. Visit colonial Georgetown and the infamous River Kwai.

Day oneKuala Lumpur.  02:00hrs – Settle into your luxurious cabin as the train pulls out of the historic Kuala Lumpur Railway Station and fall asleep to the motion of the train.  Awake and enjoy breakfast in your cabin before a guided excursion to colonial Georgetown and Fort Cornwallis.  A delicious lunch is served back on board after which you can view the changing scenery from the Observation Car as the train crosses into Thailand.  Dinner is served in one of the opulent dining cars.

Day two: Bangkok.  Following breakfast, visit the River Kwai.  Join an excursion by boat to the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre where a local historian will provide an informative tour.  Enjoy lunch on board before arriving in Bangkok.

Dates and Prices 

2014:   September 21. October 20.  November 2,11,27.  December 20.

Price per person from: Pullman Superior:  GBP £1,310.   State Cabin: GBP £1,900.   Presidential Suite: GBP £2,760.

2015:  January 18,28.  February 6.  March 2,10,18.  April 19.  May 5,16.  July 21.   October 13,24. November 2, 9,16,24.  December 22.  (All departures at 01:00hrs)

Price per person from: Pullman Superior:  GBP £1,380.   State Cabin: GBP £2,000.   Presidential Suite: GBP £2,900.

Prices are per person based on double occupancy.  Single occupancy available on all journeys, for all categories.  Please contact us for details.

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Eastern & Oriental Tiger Express: Five Days, four nights

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Uncover the mysteries of Asia’s magnificent tigers as you travel from Singapore through Malaysia and Bangkok.  Eastern & Oriental Express has teamed with Save Wild Tigers to create an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime journey.

Day one:  Arrive at the Raffles Hotel for an overnight stay.

Day two: Following breakfast and check-in, transfers take you to the train.  Lunch and afternoon tea are served, during which time you can relax and admire the passing scenery, or listen to live music in the Bar Car.  Following arrival in Kuala Lumpur, you are transferred to the five-star Majestic Hotel for an elegant drinks’ reception and the Save the Wild Tigers’ fundraising gala dinner.  Guests at the glamorous  event include the Malaysian Royal family.  Return to the train for the night.

Day three: Enjoy breakfast in your cabin before disembarking at Butterworth station. Visit the Eastern & Oriental Hotel in Penang for an inspirational tiger-themed art exhibition.  Rejoin the train for a delicious lunch, witnessing the ever-changing scenery as you cross from northern Malaysia into Thailand. Enjoy afternoon tea as you travel past rice paddies and golden temples.  As the light fades, dinner is served before retiring for the night.

Day four:  Alight in the morning at the River Kwai Bridge station for a cruise along the picturesque river with a local historian. Visit the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre and the atmospheric Don Rak War Cemetery. Alternatively, attend an enlightening tiger lecture in the jungle. Return to the train for lunch, ending your journey in Bangkok in the late afternoon.  Transfer to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel for an overnight stay on a bed and breakfast basis, where you can enjoy a private tiger-themed cocktail reception in the Author’s Lounge.

Dates and Prices 

2014:  October 3

Price per person:  Pullman Superior:  GBP £2,960.    State Cabin: GBP £3,670.    Presidential Suite: GBP £5,060

Prices are per person based on double occupancy.  Single occupancy available on all journeys, for all categories.  Please contact us for details.

 

The Chronicles of South East Asia Journeys

 

Fables of the Hills: Singapore to Bangkok

Seven days with four nights on the train plus one night at the famous Raffles Hotel pre-tour and one night at  the Cameron Highlands Resort.

The equatorial sun streams down on the carriages of the Eastern & Oriental Express, resplendent in their green and cream livery.  Starting from modern Singapore, they are poised to make a journey back in time.  The journey leads to all that is best and most compelling in Asia: the romance and colonial heritage of Malaysia’s mist-shrouded Cameron Highlands, the evocative Bridge over the River Kwai and the fabulously-varied architecture of cities such as Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Kangsar and Georgetown on the island of Penang.

Singapore:  Arrive independently at the Raffles Hotel  (Courtyard Suite)
Please note: The Eastern & Oriental Express departure date indicated  is post the complimentary stay at the hotel.

Day one: Depart Singapore.  Breakfast is served in the Tiffin Room.  A private check-in at the hotel is followed by the welcoming reception on the train.  A cool drink is served as you settle into your luxurious cabin as the train departs through the city, over the causeway into Malaysia and out into the countryside beyond.  Make your way to the Bar Car for a cocktail reception hosted by the Train Manager and the chance to meet other guests.  Enjoy dinner in one of the opulent dining cars and listen to the resident pianist playing nostalgic melodies in the Bar Car.

Day two: Kuala Lumpur & Overnight at Cameron Highlands.  After breakfast, the E&O arrives at the impressive Mughal-style Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, built in 1885.  Immerse yourself in the bustling capital of Malaysia with a choice of activities such as a city tour, heritage walking tour or a visit to the National Museum.  Full details of available options are provided on board.   Return to the E&O at midday and depart Kuala Lumpur as lunch is served whilst the train climbs past rubber plantations towards Malaysia’s verdant uplands.   After arriving at  Tapah Station,  take the coach transfer to the luxurious Cameron Highlands Resort.
Relax and enjoy the two hour scenic drive over the rolling hills and pass through dense jungle where you may spot settlements of the Orang Asli (indigenous people).  Along the way, enjoy photo stops at tea plantations, strawberry farms and flower galleries.  Upon your arrival at the Cameron Highlands Resort, sip cocktails and savour dinner while enjoying the fabulous views from what is Malaysia’s most celebrated hill retreat.

Day three: Cameron Highlands.  After a leisurely breakfast at the resort, choose from a wide variety of  available tours and activities (full details will be provided).  Spend the morning being pampered at the famed Spa Village or visit the Best of Highlands tea plantation for a guided walk through the fragrant tea gardens and a tour of the factory with the chance to sample a variety of aromatic brews.  Other options include a trip to the Mardi Agro-technology Park to discover the array of fruits, vegetables and flowers grown in the Highlands and to sample an amazing ten different varieties of strawberries.   A lunch based on this wonderful produce will be served at the resort. You then travel to Ipoh to board the train.  Relax with an aperitif in the Bar Car before enjoying a fabulous dinner as the train glides on through the night.

Day four: Kuala Kangsar & Penang.  This morning brings a leisurely tour through the royal city of Kuala Kangsar, home to the Sultan of Perak.  Cradled in a bend of the Perak River, this historic city is charming, serene and full of interest.  Visit the Victorian-era Royal Museum (the former Royal Palaces) and the impressive Ubudiah Mosque.
Lunch is served on the train as you travel across exquisite Bukit Merah Lake before heading to the western coast of Malaysia.  Upon  arrival at Butterworth Station you will be transferred to the island of Penang where several excursions are available.  Options include a tour of colonial Georgetown with its rich blend of Chinese, Malay and Indian cultures, or a to visit the Peranakan Heritage Museum or the Tropical Spice Garden Gallery which showcases excellent displays on the origins of the spice trade and how spices are used today.
At sunset, gather at the E&O Hotel and sip cocktails on the seafront terrace before heading to your choice of specially-selected venue to experience some of the best dining in Penang, an island known for its exceptional, regional cooking.  A selection of local and international cuisines is available, including a Malaysian “hawker center” experience.   After dinner, return to the train to continue the  journey.

Day five: Monkey Training College at Surat Thani.  During the early hours of the morning, the train crosses into Thailand at Padang Besar.  Relax and enjoy scenic views of southern Thailand, as the train passes paddy fields and golden temples.  A sumptuous lunch will be served on board before the E&O arrives at Surat Thani.  This agricultural town is known for its many types of fruit and oysters.  However, the highlight of this stop is a private tour of the Monkey Training College.  Here they learn how to harvest only ripe coconuts, bringing  them down without damaging them.
Return to the train to depart from Surat Thani.  Dinner tonight is served on board as the train continues its journey  towards Bangkok.

Day six: River Kwai & the Tham Kasae Viaduct.  This morning the train arrives at the River Kwai Bridge where you disembark for a leisurely cruise along the dramatic gorge on a local river barge.  You then have time to visit the Thailand-Burma Railway Museum and Don Rak War Cemetery.
Returning to the train late morning, lunch will be served as you depart from Kanchanaburi Station.  The train crosses the historic bridge at the River Kwai and travels towards Wang Po, continuing along the famous trestles at the Tham Kasae viaduct – one of the railway’s most scenic stretches.
After lunch, choose from a variety of tours including a visit to an elephant camp to see the animals at work and even ride one.  Or join an excursion to the memorial at the Hell Fire Pass Museum, a moving tribute to this region’s turbulent history.
The final night aboard the Eastern & Oriental Express, join the Train Manager for a farewell cocktail reception followed by a glamorous dinner on board.  Enjoy a romantic digestif  in the open air Observation Car under the stars.

Day seven: Bangkok.  Arrive in Bangkok at 09:30hrs and the end of the journey.

Dates and Prices 2014

2014:   October 19

Price per person from:  State Cabin:  GBP £5,700.   Presidential Suite:  GBP £7,300

Prices are per person based on double occupancy.  Single occupancy available on all journeys, for all categories.  Please contact us for details.

Tales of Laos:  Thailand and Laos

 

Four days, three nights

The tropical heat and bustle of Bangkok’s central station give way to the cool swish of silk.  Stewards in traditional uniforms made from this exotic fabric greet you as you step on board the Eastern & Oriental Express – and into another realm.   The train travels across the dramatic plains of Thailand’s remote north-east.  Ahead lies a voyage of discovery, travelling past farmland and forested valleys to where the Mekong separates Thailand from Laos. Here begins a high point of the journey: the train crosses the swirling river on newly laid tracks and continues along the first railway in Laos – a seven-mile stretch that leads to the capital, Vientiane.  E&O passengers are among the few to travel this route to Laos.  It is a wonderfully evocative way to arrive in a country once part of old Indochina and subsequently sealed off from the rest of Asia for many years. Vientiane has a delightful old-world air, with traditional markets, golden temples and colonial residences lining leafy boulevards.   Stop at Phimai to explore the impressive Angkor-style Khmer temples. Discover the vineyards of the scenic Khao Yai hills and sample the “new” latitude wines cultivated there.

Day one: Bangkok.  Your journey begins with an afternoon departure from Bangkok and a warm welcome by your steward.  As you settle into the privacy of your well-appointed cabin, indulge in afternoon tea and pastries served by the attentive steward.  View the changing vista and the sunset from the unique observation car as the train journeys into northern-eastern Thailand.  Later that evening, enjoy an aperitif accompanied by live piano music in the sumptuous bar car before you savour your first dinner onboard amid the elegant setting of the beautiful restaurant cars.  Retire to your cabin which has been transformed into a cosy bedroom.

Day two: Phimai, Khao Yai.  Breakfast is served in your cabin before the train arrives in Hin Dat where you disembark for an excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Phimai, one of the most important Khmer ruins complex in Thailand.  Return to the train for lunch as the journey continues to picturesque Khao Yai, where you will spend a delightful afternoon touring the vineyards and an opportunity to sample the wines.   Rejoin the train for diner, after which  one can  spend an enjoyable evening in the bar car and be entertained by the pianist.

Day three: Vientiane.  After breakfast, the Eastern & Oriental Express will cross the Mekong River via the Friendship Bridge linking Thailand to Laos.  Passengers will disembark for a full day’s excursion of the capital city of Vientiane, including lunch at the historic Settha Palace Hotel. View the contrasts of gilded Buddhist temples alongside French colonial architecture in the timeless and relaxed atmosphere of the city. Reboard the train late afternoon and depart for the return journey to Thailand, relaxing in the observation car or saloon lounge.  As night descends, enjoy cocktails and another delightful dinner.

Day four: Bangkok.  Indulge in a leisurely breakfast as the train proceeds to Bangkok, arriving mid-morning.

Dates and Prices 

2014:  October 10

Price per person:  State Cabin:  GBP2,500.   Presidential Suite:  GBP 3,200

Prices are per person based on double occupancy.  Single occupancy available on all journeys, for all categories.  Please contact us for details.

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Fables of the Peninsula 2015

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Seven days with four nights on the train plus one night at the famous Raffles Hotel pre-tour and one night at  the Cameron Highlands Resort.

Day 1: Singapore.  Make your way to the Raffles Hotel (check-in 14:00hrs), where overnight accommodation in an elegantly-furnished Courtyard Suite has been reserved for you.  The rest of the day is at your leisure,  to discover the old world charm of this Grande Dame.  A Singapore Sling is a tradition for most first-time visitors to Singapore, and you can enjoy this drink at the Long Bar of the Raffles – the only corner in the clean city-state where littering is allowed.  Please note: The Eastern & Oriental Express departure date indicated  is post the complimentary stay at the hotel.

Day 2: Depart Singapore.  Enjoy breakfast at leisure in the charming Tiffin Room and explore Singapore for the rest of the morning before the transfer  from the hotel to the Woodlands Train Checkpoint where the gleaming green carriages of the Eastern & Oriental Express await your embarkation.

A cool drink is served whilst  you settle into your luxurious cabin as the train departs towards the Causeway bridge into Malaysia.

Dress up for this formal evening and make your way to the Bar Car for a cocktail reception hosted by the Train Manager.  It is a wonderful opportunity to meet other guests and the on-board speaker who will enrich your journey.  After cocktails, enjoy dinner in one of the opulent dining cars before you relax with a nightcap while listening to the resident pianist playing nostalgic melodies in the Bar Car.

Day 3: Kuala Lumpur & Overnight at Cameron Highlands.  After breakfast, the Eastern & Oriental Express arrives at the impressive Indian Mughal-style Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, built in 1885.  Kuala Lumpur is nestled in the urban sprawl of the Klang Valley.  It is the federal capital of Malaysia and the most populous city with over 1.6 million people. The city’s rich, polyglot heritage harks back to the 19th century when it was transformed in thirty short years from a tin-mining trading outpost in the jungle into a bustling boomtown. Enjoy this lively capital city with your choice of morning tours. You can choose to make an early morning visit to one of KL’s largest wet markets or be enticed by the city’s history and heritage museums.  Return to the train after your selected tour and savour lunch on board as we depart KL, climbing past rubber and oil palm plantations towards Malaysia’s emerald-hued uplands. Upon arriving at Tapah Station, disembark the train for the coach transfer to the Cameron Highlands.

Relax on the two-hour scenic drive over rolling hills and through dense jungle.  The Cameron Highlands hill station, at about 1,500m above sea level, is the highest area in peninsular Malaysia stretching along a plateau overlooking lush river valleys.  The cool temperate air is fresh and crisp, with a blanket of easy fog that veils the hill jungles almost every morning. This is perfect for the tea plantations which the Highlands are famous for.

Arriving at the Cameron Highlands Resort you will be greeted with a welcome colonial cocktail before you are escorted to your well-appointed room.  The interior of the resort complements the Highland’s settings, resembling a genteel English colonial home with welcoming fireplaces in the Reading Room and Highlands Bar.  Tall  French doors, timber-beamed ceilings and plantation shutters add to the colonial charm.

Dinner is served at The Dining Room of the Resort.  It is a casual evening and you will feel most comfortable in smart casual wear – a wrap for the ladies and a light jacket for the gentlemen will be fitting for the Highland’s cool, even chilly, evening air.

Day 4 – Cameron Highlands.  After breakfast, you may choose to visit the famed BOH (Best of Highlands) tea plantation for a guided tour of the factory with opportunities to sample a variety of aromatic brews.  Or join the resort’s naturalist, Mr S. Madi, on the Jim Thompson trail through the Cameron Highlands jungle to discover the flora and fauna of this tropical gem.

Return to your room late morning to collect your belongings,with check out at 12 noon.  Enjoy lunch at Gonbei Restaurant where you have the choice of a Western or Japanese menu, after which you  return to the train.

This evening’s dinner is a formal affair.    Relax with an aperitif in the Bar Car before enjoying a sumptuous dinner as the train glides through the night to the next destination.

Day 5 – Penang.  Butterworth Station is our morning stop on the mainland, where you  disembark from the train to board the transfer to the island of Penang. Several excursions are available – choose to explore colonial George Town to see its rich blend of Chinese, Malay and Indian cultures, or visit the Peranakan Heritage Museum. You can also choose to enjoy the outdoors at the Tropical Spice Garden Gallery, which showcases the origins of the spice trade and how spices  are used today.

Following your tour, gather at the Eastern & Oriental Hotel for a late morning tea on the elegant terrace before heading back to the train.

Back on board the E&O for lunch, we pass rice fields with limestone outcrops on the horizon, as we continue towards the border town of Padang Besar, where Malaysia meets Thailand.  Immigration and customs formalities are conducted here while passengers remain onboard the train.  Crossing into Thailand, the time difference is one hour behind Malaysia.  with a relaxing afternoon in your cabin followed by dinner, this is  a relaxing way of see Malays

Day 6 – Huay Yang.  The early morning brings you to the small rural community of Huay Yang, located about 300 km south of Bangkok in the province of Prachuap Khiri Khan on the east coast of Thailand.  Join the local song thaew for your ride to the pier in the village of Baan Huay Yang.  This small fishing town features charming scenery of gently swaying coconut palms on miles of white beaches surrounded by majestic mountains.  Following a stroll through a fishing village, you will be transferred across to the island of Koh Chaan, where you can enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of a beach club setting and spend the morning snorkelling or sunbathing.  At mid-day we go by boat to the coastal resort of Nishaville for a seafood barbeque lunch by the beachside.

Return to the E&O in the afternoon to journey north towards Bangkok.

This is our final night on the train and dinner is a formal affair.  Join the Train Manager and staff for a farewell cocktail reception before dinner.  Afterwards enjoy digestifs in the open air Observation car.

Day 7 – Bangkok.  Arrive and disembark in Bangkok.

Dates and Prices 2015

Please note: The Eastern & Oriental Express departure date indicated  is after the complimentary stay at the hotel.

2015:   March 29.  June 15.  September 29.

Price per person from:  State Cabin:  GBP £4,800.   Presidential Suite:  GBP £6,200

Prices are per person based on double occupancy.  Single occupancy available on all journeys, for all categories.  Please contact us for details.

The Ancient Kingdom of Lanna 2015 

Eastern & Oriental Express - The Luxury Train Club

Ancient Kingdom of Lanna Journey

Three days, two nights

Bangkok round-trip, via Lampang and Chiang Mai.

Day 1 – Bangkok.  Check-in at 15:00hrs at the Hualampong station to begin your journey on the Eastern & Oriental Express and settle into your private cabin, enjoying a refreshing afternoon tea as the train travels out of Bangkok and heads north.  As the sun sets, dress up for dinner, then make your way to the Bar car for cocktails before proceeding to the Restaurant car to savour the delightful meal presented by the team of chefs.

Day 2 – Lampang – Chiang Mai.  After breakfast we arrive in Lampang, a northern Thai city rich in history and culture.  Disembark from the train and begin your excursion of the city by riding in its trademark horse-drawn carriages. These delightful carts were originally imported from England for use by Thai nobility in Bangkok.  The leisurely carriage ride brings you to Ban Sao Nak – House of Many Pillars – which was built in 1895 by a prosperous teak merchant. A distinguishing feature of the house is that it is raised on a base of 116 pillars. It is now a museum and is a remarkably well-preserved structure of Burmese and Lanna architectural styles. Tour the house and enjoy a morning tea break before returning to the train in the late morning.

Brunch is served on the E&O as we continue onwards to our  next destination of Chiang Mai.

Chiang Mai was the capital of the northern Thai kingdom of Lanna from 1296-1939,  and attained the height of its golden age in the 15th century.  Today this charming and attractive city bears the remnants of the historical architecture with sections of the original great brick walls and towering gates which protected the city from invading armies over 700 years ago.

Upon arrival in the central city you will proceed on the tour of your choice.

Either: Discover the essence of Chiang Mai with a drive through the old town to view the four bastions of the original walls surrounded by the moat, including a stop for a traditional monk’s blessing ceremony followed by a guided stroll through a quaint residential soi. A stop at a market will reveal a treasure trove for all things local.  You will then continue on to the Wanlamun house for refreshments and a culinary presentation of yum sum-o from a family recipe handed through the generations for this authentic pomelo salad before you savour its delicious and distinctive taste.  Afterwards, whizz through the streets on a song thaew to return to the railway station.

Or:  Indulge in an afternoon of shopping, visiting a selection of Chiang Mai’s many cottage industries, with its sheer variety of ethnic handicraft that will make ‘treasure’ hunting in this pre-eminent centre of arts and crafts a never-ending yet fulfilling attraction.  At the umbrella village workshops, you will see the step-by-step processes of these mulberry-paper parasols being crafted and elaborately decorated.   The traditional methods of wood-ash glazed celadon pottery can be observed next, with the resultant array of pieces showcasing the delicate painting and carving of lively designs that characterise Thai arts and culture.  Wonderfully lustrous silk threads are produced in a laborious process from silk worm to thread-colouring and weaving, and this time-honoured craft produces the stunning selection of fabrics at the silk centre.   A visit to the Dhara Dhevi Tea House follows, where you have the option to relax here or continue on the shopping trail and visit the Lanna-style Kad Dhara village. Return to the train in the late afternoon and relax before a delicious dinner followed by an aperitif in the Bar.

Day 3 – Bangkok.  Spend a leisurely morning onboard the train, enjoying  breakfast as the train travels toward Bangkok. Lunch is served as you view the passing scenery and complete your final packing before arrival and disembarkation at 16:00hrs.

Dates and Prices 2015

2015:   October 15.  November 26.

Price per person from: Pullman Superior:  GBP £1,580.   State Cabin: GBP £2,310.   Presidential Suite: GBP £3,340.

Prices are per person based on double occupancy.  Single occupancy available on all journeys, for all categories.  Please contact us for details.

 

 

Seasonal Journeys

New Year Journey

Singapore-Bangkok New Year’s Eve 2014

3-night special itinerary, with a mix of formal dining, a sublime New Year’s Dinner on the train,  a beach party clad in sarongs and flip-flops, with live music, champagne, fireworks and more.

29 December: Singapore.  Afternoon departure allowing you to settle into your private cabin.  The train sets off through the city, over the causeway into Malaysia and out into the countryside.  An indulgent afternoon tea is served after which you can spend time exploring the train.  Later, following aperitifs, enjoy dinner in one of the opulent dining cars whilst the resident pianist plays in the Bar Car.  Retire to your cabin which has now converted into a cosy bedroom.

30 December: Penang (Butterworth).  Breakfast is served in your cabin before the day’s adventures begin.  Disembark at Butterworth, Penang for a tour of Georgetown, which includes Khoo Kongsi, the grandest clan temple complex in Malaysia, and the ornate Pinang Peranakan Mansion.  Following a delicious tiffin  lunch at a local restaurant, you return to the train to relax over afternoon tea, watching the ever-changing scenery.   Later enjoy an elegant dinner as the train makes its way towards Thailand.

New Year’s Eve: Surat Thani & Hua Yai.   Enjoy breakfast in your cabin and a leisurely day on the train.   In the evening, a sublime New Year’s Dinner with a special celebratory menu is served on the train.  After dinner, guests are invited to change into sarongs and flip-flops (provided) and head down to the beach for a party, with live music, champagne, fireworks and much more.

New Year’s Day: Kanchanaburi & Wang Po.   Begin the New Year with an indulgent and leisurely morning on board.  The E&O will cross the historic Bridge over the River Kwai in the morning and travel  towards Wang Po where we continue along the famous trestles at the Tham Kasae viaduct – one the railway’s most scenic stretches.   A champagne brunch is served to welcome in 2014 before your arrival at Bangkok.

Dates and Prices

2014:  December 29

Price per person:  Pullman Superior:  GBP £2,390.    State Cabin: GBP £3,290.   Presidential Suite: GBP £4,900.

Prices are per person based on double occupancy.  Single occupancy available on all journeys, for all categories.  Please contact us for details.

 

Route & Map

This route map shows the classic Singapore to Bangkok or Bangkok to Singapore Eastern and Oriental Express train tour.  

 

General Information

Price:  The ‘from prices’ are affected by High Season  and Low Season.  High Season is Jan – Mar and Oct – Dec.  Low Season is April – Sept.

Included.  All table d’hôte meals on board, with complimentary tea and coffee in your cabin, and sightseeing tours.

General.  Hair dryers are in every cabin.

Dress Code.  Day Wear – smart casual.  Evening Wear – suit and tie for men, evening dress for ladies.

Luggage.  Luggage is limited to 30 kilos per person for Pullman and State Compartment passengers. There is no limit for those passengers travelling in a Presidential Suite. Please keep your tickets, passports and any medication with you, do not pack them in your through or compartment luggage.

  • Through luggage: We suggest that items not required for your journey are packed separately in sturdy baggage. At check-in this luggage will be labelled appropriately by our staff and will not normally be accessible until you reach your destination. Ideally, large and/or hard cases should be checked as through luggage.
  • Compartment luggage: This should contain clothing and items you need during your journey. When you plan your luggage, please bear in mind that storage space is limited. There is a luggage rack plus an additional storage cupboard with hangers. One or two soft sided suit carriers or similar can be comfortably accommodated in each compartment.
  • Hand luggage: Your passport, tickets, jewellery, money, camera, fragile items and any medication should not be checked in.

Passports.  Check that your passport has at least 6 months remaining validity at time of travel.

Visas. Visas for tourism visits to Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore are not normally required for stays of less than 30 days, except for nationals of certain Middle Eastern, African and South American countries. Visas may be required for onward travel to other Asian destinations. If you require a visa for a particular country, a visa will still be required even if in transit through that country.  Please note: For Bangkok – Vientiane – Bangkok journeys
Passengers on the Vientiane programme require an entry visa for Laos.  For passengers boarding the train at Bangkok, 2 passport-sized photographs are required upon check-in at Bangkok’s Hualampong Station in order for the visa application to be processed.

Offers T&C’s:  Offers may be removed at any time without notice; valid for new bookings only; complimentary accommodation offer is based on double occupancy, single travellers please contact our reservations offices for offer availability.

Booking & Reservations

All prices are at publicly-quoted rates.

We will be happy to answer any questions and make the booking for you  -  contact us in the UK : +44 (0)1249 890205 or info@luxurytrainclub.com      Please sign up to our newsletter to be kept informed of interesting trains and special offers.

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