This luxury train was built in Japan in 1972 and operated as the Silver Star in New Zealand. Its carriages were then re-designed by Gérard Gallet, the man behind much of the design and refurbishment of both the British Pullman and the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.
The inaugural journey departed in September 1993 and the Eastern & Oriental Express quickly built for itself a highly regarded reputation as providing one of the most adventurous and exciting rail journeys in the world. In addition to the two night journey between Singapore and Bangkok, the E&O also travels overnight to Chiang Mai from Bangkok.
The Eastern & Oriental Express offers three grades of beautifully appointed compartments: Pullman Superiors, State Cabins and Presidential Suites. The interior walls are cherry wood and elm panelled, and adorned with decorative marquetry and intricate inlays.
Each compartment is fully air-conditioned with an en suite shower, washbasin and WC and features large picture windows. Facilities include 24-hour steward service, international electric sockets, a personal safe and hairdryer. While guests dine at night, the steward transforms the compartment from a living room to a bedroom.
Other on board facilities include two sumptuous dining carriages, an on board boutique, an observation deck at the rear of the train and a bar area.
Singapore to Bangkok Itinerary
Day 1 - Singapore
The train departs Singapore’s Keppel Road station in the morning. After having been welcomed onboard you have time to settle into your compartment before your journey begins. You have plenty of time to enjoy the scenery from your cabin, the public areas or the viewing car before lunch is served in one of the opulent dining cars. Dress for dinner and then spend a relaxing evening in the Bar Car in the company of the 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.
Day 2 - Penang
Breakfast is taken in your compartment before arriving in Butterworth. Here coaches take you across to Georgetown, the historic capital of Penang, on the local ferry. Proceed to Chulia Street Wet Market for a walking tour through the street-side. Next take a ride on a trishaw along interesting districts passing colourful shophouses, elaborately decorated temples, churches and the charming E&O Hotel. Reboard 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 dining car.
Day 3 - Kanchanaburi & Bangkok
The train arrives at the River Kwai Bridge station after breakfast where it stops to allow you to disembark. Guides escort you on the short walk down to the jetty to board a local craft for a cruise along the lush greenery of the picturesque Kwai Yai River, passing under the famous bridge. On board, a local historian provides a brief overview of the history of the Thailand-Burma railway and the bridge. At the E&O landing point board a motor coach for a brief trip past the North Temple and Chinese Cemetery to the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre. There is also time to visit the Don Rak War Cemetery adjacent to the museum if you wish.
Rejoin the coach for the transfer to Kanchanaburi railway station from where your E&O journey continues with lunch. Arrive into Bangkok in the afternoon.