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Eastern & Oriental

Our verdict:

There is one way above all others to see South East Asia in style, and that's on the Eastern & Oriental Express, a four-day luxury rail journey between Bangkok and Singapore. Polished interiors, fine dining, fascinating excursions and eye-popping views make it every bit as exciting as its sister train, the Orient Express to Venice. Maybe more so? You decide.

Recommended tour operator: The Luxury Holiday Company

The Luxury Holiday Company says

Created and managed by the people behind Europe’s Venice-Simpson Orient Express, the Eastern & Oriental Express exquisitely marries the exoticism of the Far East and the finest in classic luxury rail travel.

  • Gourmet dining
  • Guided excursions
  • Trip of a lifetime

From its private cabins to the bar car and restaurant carriages, the Eastern & Oriental Express is a unique world of silk furnishings, white-gloved service and polished wood panelling. Everything on board, including drinks and all meals, is included.

The train’s route takes four indulgent days to travel between Singapore and Bangkok or vice versa. The train winds through dense rainforest and verdant rice fields, pausing for fabulous excursions en route. You can choose from cooking classes and river cruises to cycle rides and hikes led by an expert naturalist. There are chances to explore rural villages as well as the iconic Bridge over the River Kwai and two of Asia’s greatest cities.

Back on board, the dining is an undoubted highlight. Continental breakfasts and afternoon teas are served by your personal steward and taken among the cherry-wood intimacy of your private cabin (all cabins are ensuite). Lunches and dinners are multi-course affairs, with mouth-watering curries and the freshest fish and seafood served under the spectacular carved marquetry of the restaurant cars.

We love the low key jazz-club atmosphere of the bar car, with its resident pianist. It’s the perfect spot for a pre-dinner cocktail and a night cap and the opportunity to meet fellow guests on board or simply relax together and reflect on your day.

Most of our customers extend their holiday with a night or two in Bangkok and Singapore, staying in iconic hotels such as The Peninsula Bangkok and The Fullerton in Singapore. We can also add on stays throughout southeast Asia – check out the Thai Island Getaway for example, a 14-night luxury holiday combining the Eastern & Oriental with an idyllic stay in a private pool villa on Koh Yao Yai.

In our London office, our team of destination experts have lived, worked and travelled extensively across the region and will design your perfect trip down to the finest detail. We include complimentary VIP lounge access in the UK and chauffeur transfers between your home and the airport as standard.

Find out more about our Eastern & Oriental Express luxury rail holidays.

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