Explore Southeast Asia by Rail
With its great spirit of adventure and unrivalled views of Southeast Asia’s glorious terrain, the Eastern & Oriental Express offers a completely unique way to experience these fabled lands.
CONSIDERED BY MANY to be the ultimate way of exploring this fascinating and beautiful region, the Eastern & Oriental Express traverses Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. Though you’ll depart from such modern metropolises as Bangkok, your journey will take you through remote, unspoiled rainforest and mountains. This is an unparallelled opportunity to discover truly off-the-beaten-track sights from a luxurious and comfortable base.
Choosing your route is part of the adventure on the Eastern & Oriental Express, right down to your departure point. Those leaving from elegant Singapore will check in at the iconic Raffles Hotel as a suitably glamorous overture to their trip. For passengers beginning their journey in exciting Bangkok, the neoclassical Hualamphong Station offers a glorious fanfare.
Among guests’ favorite excursions to take en route is the Kwai Yai River cruise, between Malaysia and Thailand. Disembark to take a gentle raft journey along the river, floating under the famous bridge as a local historian tells its story. In Malaysia, our outings include a visit to Kuala Kangsar, with its golden Ubudiah Mosque. In Thailand there’s also the chance to take a relaxing break at the idyllic fishing village Baan Huay Yang and visit its stunning national park Koh Chaan.
There’s a feeling of timelessness to this journey. As the rural landscape unfolds, you might see Buddhist monks in their distinctive saffron robes. At smaller stations, you’ll notice brightly-colored food stalls among flower petal offerings and home-made shrines. Friendliness is found at every stop; people love to wave as this distinctive, beautiful train goes by.
Even the landscapes here have a sense of opulence to them. The jungles are luxuriously green and the rice paddy fields glimmer rose-gold as the sun sets. What better way to enjoy such sights than from the train’s open-air observation car, a crisp cocktail in hand? As the essayist Emerson wrote: “The health of the eye seems to demand a horizon. We are never tired, so long as we can see far enough.”