Connect the two Asian cities of Bangkok and Singapore with a journey aboard the luxurious Eastern and Oriental Express. Starting in Bangkok you’ll have a day to explore the city - visiting the night markets and temples – before hopping onto the train to start the journey south. Revel in the luxury of a private cabin, take interesting off-train excursions and enjoy elegant fusion dining as you pass through western Thailand and northern Malaysia, arriving in Singapore after three nights on board. Finish your trip with five nights on the island of Samui, relaxing on white-sand beaches and snorkelling in the clear waters.
This itinerary can be tailored to suit your requirements; please contact one of our consultants to start planning your dream trip.
Depart the UK from your chosen airport.
On arrival in Bangkok, you will be met at the airport and driven to your hotel, where you will check in for two nights. Tonight, why not head to one of Bangkok’s many sky bars, where you can sip a cocktail whilst enjoying night-time views over the twinkling city?
With one full day to explore Bangkok, we recommend that you start with the temples. The Grand Palace and Wat Pho are both intricately decorated with gems and mosaics, making them perfect for a morning wander. In the afternoon, catch a boat along the Chao Praya River to Chinatown, where you can squeeze your way through the crowded lanes past fabric shops, medicine men and vendors selling squid and pork on a stick! If it’s a Saturday, be sure to visit Chatuchak Weekend Market, which is a great place to find some unusual souvenirs. In the evening you can return to your luxurious hotel and enjoy dinner by the river. Try a massaman curry or kao ka moo, you won’t regret it!
Today you’ll set off towards Singapore aboard the majestic Eastern and Oriental Express. This morning is yours to continue exploring Bangkok, whether you head out to a street market or just relax by the hotel pool. In the afternoon you’ll head to the train station and board the train, settling into your private cabin and heading to the elegant dining car for dinner. Afterwards, retire to your cosy cabin for the night and enjoy your first sleep on this exciting journey.
The next two days will be spent slowly heading south towards Singapore. This morning you’ll wake up in Kanchanaburi, where you’ll choose a tour – either a visit to the River Kwai Bridge and Railway Museum, a cycle through rice paddies with a stop at a local farm or a market trip with a short cooking class. After these morning adventures, you'll return to the train for the rest of the day, to enjoy lunch and dinner with views of South Thailand as you go.
On your second day aboard the Eastern & Oriental Express, you’ll be treated to breakfast in bed as you head through northern Malaysia, before stopping at Kuala Kangsar for an insight into local life in a small village and enjoying a longer hill trek if you want to. If you do, at the top of the pass you’ll find panoramic views of the valleys and tea hills below you, as well as cold towel and refreshments. Re-joining the train you’ll enjoy a glamourous final dinner onboard listening to a pianist play and toasting a wonderful few nights aboard this legendary train.
Onboard you’ll stay in a cosy private cabin with comfortable seats that turn into beds by night. Dining is exceptional – with decadent menus of Asian inspired food and western classics, as well as signature cocktails inspired by the scenery that you pass by. You can also visit the observation car, perfect to catch the breeze and revel in the ever-changing sights and smells of Asia.
This morning you’ll arrive into Singapore and wave good bye to your comfortable cabin. From here, you’ll make your way to your new hotel and check in for two nights, before setting off to explore the city. Fill your days with a visit to the National Orchid Garden and some serious retail therapy on Orchard Road. When the sun sets, head over to the Gardens by the Bay, where huge, illuminated sculptures are connected by raised pathways to walk through the treetop. Just make sure you get there after dark to see the lights in their full glory. Take a stroll through Little India to enjoy a delicious dinner of fusion food and pop into Raffles for a final Singapore Sling to celebrate your luxurious journey from Bangkok to Singapore!
After breakfast, you will be driven back to the airport for the short flight up to Koh Samui. Here, you’ll be met and taken to your hotel, checking in for five nights.
Koh Samui is an enchanting island, with peaceful beaches, swaying palms and a wonderful food scene. Whether you’re looking for spicy street food, fresh seafood curries or high-class fine dining – you’ll find it all here. If you’re looking for the best snorkelling spots, we recommend Coral Cove, a little bay near Chaweng Beach with clear waters and colourful fish. You’ll be staying at Six Senses Samui. With a vast infinity pool, modern rooms and sensational cliff-side dining it’s a wonderful spot to finish your holiday.
This morning you will be taken back to the airport in time for your flight back to the UK.
Monsoon season in Bangkok runs from May to July and lasts into November. This is then followed by a dry period from November to May which provides lower temperatures until mid-Feb followed by much higher temperatures until May. August and September are the rainiest months with chances of flooding.
The Southern region of Thailand has two seasons ‘wet’ and ‘dry’. On the east coast most of the rain falls between September and December with dry and sunny weather typically for the rest of the year.
Singapore has a tropical and humid climate all year round. The busiest (and hottest) time to visit is in the school holidays which fall in June and July so it is best to avoid visiting during this period if possible.
If you'd like to get a feel for this trip, read our blog post ‘Eastern and Oriental Express: Singapore to Bangkok in style’ - written by one of our consultants who has been there.
This itinerary is purely a suggestion and can be tailor-made to your requirements, so please contact us with your dates and requests, and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you.