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Eastern and Oriental Express destinations

This article is an introduction to the cities and towns that are visited by Eastern and Oriental Express luxury train - Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Kuala Lumper, Johor and Singapore.

History of the Eastern and Oriental Express luxury train

The sister train of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, The Eastern & Oriental Express (E&O) is a luxury train that carries passengers between Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand.

It runs between Singapore's Woodlands Train Checkpoint and Hua Lamphong in Bangkok, stopping at Kuala Lumpur, Butterworth, and Kanchanaburi, taking three days (two nights). The revers trip takes four days (three nights).

The majesty and splendour of the Eastern & Oriental Express 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.

Eastern and Oriental Express Cities to explore

Full details of the itinerary of Eastern and Oriental Express trips are here.

Map of Eastern and Orient Express route

Day 1: Bangkok

Bangkok from the skyPhoto by Jakob Owens on Unsplash

Thailand’s bustling capital city, renowned for its ornate religious temples and lively street life. Arrive in style and take in the sights, sounds and smells of this amazing river city. Take the Apsara river cruise to take in the city from the river’s vantage point. This luxury river cruise on a beautifully elegant, custom designed barge, will let you relax in style and enjoy the beautifully lit silhouette of the temples reflected on the water. You will sail silently past Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn) and the Grand Palace to Rama VIII Bridge, a delightful change to the noisy city traffic. In Bangkok you will get the chance to enjoy a host of international Michelin standard cuisine and flavours. Marvel at the majesty and intricate architecture of the Grand Palace, which has been home to the Thai Royal family since 1782. Discover Wat Arun or the Temple of Dawn and its stunning porcelain and floral architecture reflected on the river Chao Phraya. River life is the central heartbeat of Bangkok and the Damnoen Saduak or the floating market, is a trading artery in the city.

Day 2: Kanchanaburi

Eastern and Orient Express Train traveling over bridge

The gateway to western Thailand, famed for its death railway built during the second world war, it is the original bridge made famous in bridge over the river Khwae. You can visit the Jeath War museum and Kanchanaburi cemetery where thousands of Allied forces are buried. You will travel through the aptly named Hellfire Pass, where construction work carried out by POW allied soldiers must have been pure hell, with the treacherous terrain which they had to excavate the railway embankment through on rations of just 250g of rice a day. It’s a feat of human endeavour which cannot fail to impress and inspire awe.

Day 3: Kuala Lumper

Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaPhoto by Taylor Simpson on Unsplash

Capital city of Malaysia, the Kuala Lumpur skyline is dominated by the Petronas towers and is also remembered during colonial times for its Kuala Lumpur railway station and Sultan Abdul Samad building. With gleaming skyscrapers in this bustling modern city, charming old colonial architecture sits hand in hand with modern state of the art feats of engineering. Petaling flea market is not to be missed and is one of the oldest markets in the world at 400 years old. With the golden triangle comprising Bukit Bintang, KLCC and Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur is a modern city which is rooted in the past. Visit the Batu caves which are 400 million years old, here you will understand how the old sits with the new.

Johor is a state which is south of the Malay peninsula, formerly known as Land’s End or Ujong Tanah and originally founded in the 1500s by sultan Ahmad Shah. You will find beautiful mosques and majestic palaces set alongside stunning hotels and traditional architecture. The Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple is one of the most popular tourist attractions and is one of the oldest and only glass temples in Malaysia, dedicated to the Hindu faith. Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque is also a huge tourist attraction built around 1900 and named after the father of the Sultan who oversaw its construction. It overlooks the straits of Johor Bahru and should be on your top ten things to see. The city square itself is modern and a great place to shop with over 200 different brands.

Day 4: Singapore

Marina Bay Sands Hotel, SingaporePhoto by Will Truettner on Unsplash

Singapore is also known as the republic of Singapore and is an island city sovereign state in South East Asia. See the beautiful city hall which stands majestic surrounded by 18 Corinthian columns and the temple to the red gold buddha which is said to hold a tooth from the Buddha himself. Gardens of the bay are the botanical gardens which are a stunning ecosystem in themselves, with amazingly constructed futuristic greenhouses housing tropical plants with amazing waterfalls tumbling down beneath the glass flower dome constructions. View the Marina Bay Sands and marvel at its iconic Skypark infinity pool, perched across the top of three towers.

Eastern and Oriental Express Luxury Train

The Presidential Cabin on Eastern and Orient Express

The majesty and splendour of the Eastern and Oriental Express 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.

The Eastern and 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.

The cuisine served on board is an highlight of an Eastern & Oriental Express journey. French-born Yannis Martineau has served as the Executive Head Chef for 9 years. He draws inspiration from the region, taking traditional local recipes and infusing them with modern twists and European flourishes.

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