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• Singapore city tour and
orchid garden
• Two night, 1,200 mile journey aboard the luxury E&O Express train
• Tour of Penang and its markets
• Kwai River cruise and bridge
• Classical Thai dinner and show in Bangkok
• Bangkok Grand Palace and klongs tour

Eastern & Oriental Express

Day 1: USA - Singapore
Board your overnight flight to Singapore.
Day 2: Arrival - Singapore
Arrive in Singapore and transfer to your deluxe hotel near the marina.
Hotel: The Oriental
Day 3: Singapore
After breakfast your half city tour starts with a drive by City Hall, the Supreme Court and the waterfront of the World’s busiest port.  Continue to Chinatown with a stop at Sri Mariamman Temple. Drive up Mount Faber for a panoramic view of the city. Proceed to the Botanic Gardens for a stroll through the famous orchid house, viewing, the ‘Vanda Miss Joaquim’ and other rare hybrids. Visit a gem handicraft centre to see a unique picture gem before returning to hotel. This evening ejnoy dinner at the Alkaff Mansion. (B,D)
Day 4: Singapore - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Enjoy the morning at leisure before your transfer to the Keppel Road Railway Station. Board the gleaming carriages of the fabulous Eastern & Oriental Express and settle into your compartment. Watch the passing scenery as the train crosses to Malaysia via the causeway over the Straits of Johor. Lunch is served in one of the opulent dining cars. Dress for dinner and 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 compartment which has been transformed into a cosy bedroom. (B,L,D)
Day 5: Malaysia - Thailand Border
Breakfast is taken in your compartment before arriving in Butterworth. The morning’s guided excursion takes you to colonial Georgetown, Penang, for a tour of this historic town. The labyrinth of narrow streets reveals colorful colonial architecture and lively markets. Disembark the coach for a stroll through one of Penang’s oldest wet markets with its variety of food on display before boarding a fleet of trishaws for a ride through the colorful narrow streets to the ferry terminal. Board 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. (B,L,D)

Day 6: River Kwai - Bangkok
After breakfast E&O arrives at the River Kwai where you disembark to visit the infamous Bridge. The first version of the bridge, completed in 1943, was of wood and was situated 700 feet upstream. Later the same year, in April 1943, a second steel bridge was built.  The bridge was bombed several times during 1945 and was only rebuilt after the conclusion of the war. The curved portions of today’s bridge are original. Pierre Boulle’s novel and subsequent film gave the bridge particular international awareness. A good photo opportunity is provided as the train proceeds over the Bridge. Disembark the train and board a traditional floating barge for a cruise along the “Kwai Yoi” and “Kwai Noi” rivers.  During the hour-long sailing observe the many splendid Thai teakwood houses amidst peaceful scenery. Disembark the raft for a short visit to the Chung Kai cemetery.  Honoring World War II soldiers, this cemetery is well preserved and peaceful. It is full of frangipani trees, which Thais plant only at temples or cemeteries and do not allow in their homes. A short coach ride takes you past sugar cane fields, the North Temple, Vietnamese temple, Chinese cemetery and Don Rak war cemetery to rejoin the train at Kanchanaburi main station, from where your E&O journey continues with lunch. Arrive in Bangkok’s Hualampong Railway Station in mid afternoon and transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure. This evening, enjoy a delicious Thai dinner in a delightful restaurant accompanied by Thai classical music and dances. (B,L,D)
Hotel: Shangri-La Bangkok 

Day 7: Bangkok
Breakfast at the hotel before embarking on your morning tour of Bangkok. The many canals of the Chao Phya River give Bangkok the name “Venice of the East”. Enjoy a boat cruise along the Thonburi Klongs (canals) for a first hand impression of life along the city’s waterways. Visit the Royal Barges Museum, the Temple of Dawn, and the Grand Palace – one of the most beautiful examples of Siamese court architecture. See the Funeral Palace, the Reception Palace, the Throne Hall, the Coronation Hall, the Royal Guest House, and the beautiful Emerald Buddha Temple. Remainder of the day is at leisure. (B)


Train Features
Two gourmet Restaurant Cars, Lounge Car and Bar with onboard pianist, open Observation Car, and sumptuous Cabin Cars in three categories of accommodation: Pullman (upper & lower berths); State (two lower berths) and Presidential Suites.


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