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Experience the allure of Asia on board the Belmond Eastern & Oriental Express, soaking up its fabled luxury.

8 days From £4,295 per person
This is an independent non-escorted holiday

2021 Tour code: QEO21

About the tour

Experience the allure of Asia on board the Belmond Eastern & Oriental Express, soaking up its fabled luxury. Admire the futuristic beauty of Singapore and the vibrance of Bangkok on guided tours and experience the rural life of Malaysia. Travelling to the royal town of Kuala Kangsar, explore its colonial history, before discovering the history of the River Kwai.

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Itinerary

Days 1-3 - London and Singapore

Following an overnight flight from London Heathrow, arrive into Singapore on Day 2 where you will be met at the airport for your private transfer to your hotel, the 5-Star Mandarin Oriental Singapore. Check into your ocean view room, facing out over Marina Bay, and enjoy free time for the rest of the day.

Day 3 includes a guided tour of Singapore, an island-city situated off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. Explore a world where old meets new as you're immersed in contrasting cultures. Visit the colonial district, home to the Padang viewing point and Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay, a modern complex featuring a waterside concert hall that can seat 1,600 people. You'll also stop off at the Merlion fountain, a mythical half-lion half-fish creature that's become a mascot for the city and spouts a stream of water from its mouth directly into the marina. Then step into a bygone age as you take in the rich elegance of Thian Hock Keng Temple, the most important temple of its kind in Singapore. Next up is a visit to the Botanical Gardens, which features a dedicated orchid garden boasting more than 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids of orchids. Lastly, drive to Chinatown and Little India, which feel like entering completely different countries, before returning to your hotel for the evening.

Merlion fountain
Day 4 - The Eastern & Oriental Express

You transfer to the iconic Eastern & Oriental Express today for a 2-night journey to Bangkok. Settle into your private cabin and unwind as views of the Malaysian countryside roll past your window, before heading to one of the superb dining cars to enjoy your first 4-course dinner on board this evening. Perhaps relax in the Bar Car or the open Observation Car afterwards and enjoy a nightcap before retiring to your private en-suite cabin.

Eastern & Oriental Express
Day 5 - Kuala Kangsar

After enjoying a continental breakfast served in your cabin, the Eastern & Oriental Express arrives in Kuala Kangsar, a Malaysian royal capital steeped in colonial history. Disembark and transfer to a local village in the heart of the countryside, Kampung Labu Kubong. Experience rural life in Malaysia, meeting the locals, visiting their centuries-old houses and hearing their fascinating stories. You'll also visit the village spice garden, sample some authentic coffee, try the homemade honey and talk a walk through a nearby rubber plantation.

Alternatively, you could embark on a hill trek. Starting at a local banana and durian orchard, take a 30-minute hike that ends with cool refreshments and panoramic views.

Kuala Kangsar
Day 6 - The River Kwai and Bangkok

Making its way towards the River Kwai, the Eastern & Oriental Express crosses open fields and heads into mountainous jungle. The carriages cross the notorious 'Death Railway', built in the Second World War by more than 300,000 prisoners of war imported by the Japanese for the railway line's construction. You have a choice of excursions here: a guided cruise and visit to the War Museum, a bicycle tour through the countryside surrounding Nong Kao, or a local flavours tour that includes a traditional Thai cookery demonstration and excursions to a wet market and noodle house.

Back on board the Eastern and Oriental Express, there's time for a final lunch before you arrive into Bangkok, Thailand's bustling capital. Take a private transfer to your hotel, the 5-star Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok.

The River Kwai
Days 7-8 - Bangkok and London

Bangkok is known for a number of fascinating buildings and sights, which you see on an included guided tour today. Visit the Wat Traimit Temple, home to the world's biggest solid gold statue. There's also time to admire the Grand Palace, the official residence of the Kings of Thailand before returning to your hotel. Drive to the airport on Day 8 for your direct flight to London Heathrow.

Bangkok

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Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotels

Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok, Bangkok

Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok, Bangkok

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Mandarin Oriental, Singapore

Mandarin Oriental, Singapore

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