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

8 days From £3,695 per person
This is an independent non-escorted holiday

2022 Tour code: QEO22

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

Day 1 - London to Singapore

Arrive at London Heathrow to board your direct, overnight flight to Singapore.

Day 2 - Singapore

Arrive in Singapore, where you are met at the airport by a private transfer to your hotel, the famously luxurious Mandarin Oriental Singapore. Check into your ocean-view room and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

You could choose to make use of the hotel's renowned spa and leisure facilities to relax after your long journey. Alternatively, head out into the city for a stroll along the waterfront, or a browse at one of the city's famous night markets. Selling everything from street food to local crafts and electronics, you're sure to find something that takes your fancy.

Day 3 - Singapore

Take in Singapore's key sights and melting pot of cultures on a guided tour.

Visit the colonial district, home to the Padang viewing point, and stop off at the Merlion Fountain, depicting a mythical half-lion half-fish creature that's become a mascot for the city. Continue to the elegance of Thian Hock Keng Temple, Singapore's oldest Chinese temple.

A visit to the Botanical Gardens allows you to take in Singapore's famous orchid garden with more than 1,000 species on display. End your tour by exploring Chinatown and Little India and their distinct cultural identities.

Day 4 - The Eastern & Oriental Express

Transfer from your hotel to the rail station to board the iconic Eastern & Oriental Express for a two-night journey to Bangkok.

After being shown to your private cabin and settling in, spend some time watching the Malaysian countryside roll past your window. You also have the option of heading to the open observation car for some stunning panoramic views over this enticing landscape.

In the evening, sit down in one of the train's elegant dining cars for your first four-course meal onboard, perhaps relaxing with a signature cocktail in the bar carriage afterwards.

Day 5 - Kuala Kangsar

The train arrives in the Malaysian royal capital of Kuala Kangsar, where you have two options for outings.

You could disembark for a true taste of rural Malaysia, journeying to the small village of Kampung Labu Kubong to learn about local ways of life from its residents. On the tour, you visit the village spice garden, sample some authentic coffee and explore a local rubber plantation.

There's also the option of exploring the countryside with a short hill trek. Starting at a nearby banana and durian orchard, take a 30-minute hike through the hills, ending with cool refreshments and panoramic views.

Day 6 - The River Kwai and Bangkok

Travelling towards the River Kwai, the Eastern & Oriental Express heads into mountainous jungle, crossing the notorious 'Death Railway' built by thousands of allied prisoners during the Second World War.

You have a choice of excursions: a guided cruise and visit to the War Museum, a bicycle tour through the Nong Kao countryside, or a culinary tour with a traditional Thai cookery demonstration and visits to a wet market and noodle house.

There's time for a final lunch aboard before you arrive in Bangkok. On arrival, a private transfer awaits to take you to the five-star Siam Kempinski Hotel.

Day 7 - Bangkok

Spend the last day of your holiday exploring the bustling Thai capital of Bangkok via guided tour. Highlights here include a visit to the ornate Wat Traimit Temple, home of a 13th-century, five metre high seated Buddha sculpture - the largest solid gold statue in the world.

After time to explore the temple, continue to the Grand Palace, a complex of magnificent buildings that has been the official residence of the Thai royal family since 1782. There's plenty to explore here, including Wat Phra Kaeo, a temple containing a beautiful 14th-century emerald Buddha.

Day 8 - Bangkok to London

Transfer to the airport today, boarding your direct flight back to London Heathrow.

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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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Eastern & Oriental Express

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