This magnificent train has re-written the ethos of luxury travel and has set the highest standards of hospitality and service. Palace on Wheels is not just an excursion but an unforgettable experience
From the elegance of Singapore to the excitement of Bangkok, take an unforgettable rail journey through the heart of South-East Asia. Visit royal Kuala Kangsar, Fort Cornwallis and the infamous River Kwai.
The Thai Explorer - Journey on board the Eastern & Oriental Express departing from Bangkok and travel north to Chiang Mai. Enjoy visits to Si Satchanalai, part of the ancient Khmer empire, revered 13th century Buddhist temples and Lampang en route, before returning to Bangkok.
Travel from Bangkok through the beauty of Thailand to Singapore. Bangkok to Singapore trip is 4 days/3 nights, while the reverse of this trip from Singapore to Bangkok is 3 days/2 nights.
Bangkok - Vientiane (3 days/2 nights) A thrilling journey through north east Thailand to the ravishing Angkor-style temple of Phimai - and on across the Mekong to the fascinating capital city of Laos.
An extended journey through the delights of Asia from Singapore to Bangkok, including visits to Kuala Lumpur, Cameron Highlands, Penang, Tham Krasae Viaduct, and River Kwai. (6 nights/7 days from Singapore to Bangkok)
Bangkok - Kuala Lumpur (3 days/2 nights). Travel aboard the Eastern & Oriental Express to the heart of South East Asia with this magnificent journey from Bangkok through the beauty of Thailand
Experience a panoramic view? of the mystical landscapes of your enchanting journey between Thailand and Singapore. The majesty and splendour of the E&O, with its comfortable and elegant compartments, delicious cuisine and superb service, combined with the adventure of a journey through the heart of Asia, is a truly unique way to experience the full wonder of this remarkable region.
A quarter of a mile in length, the Eastern & Oriental Express luxury train recaptures the golden age of rail travel through one of the world's most beautiful and exotic regions. Each beautifully appointed 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 combined safe and hairdryer. A journey on the Eastern & Oriental Express is the ultimate centerpiece of any visit to the Far East and can be combined with a stay in Thailand, Singapore or Cambodia.
Bordered by the Indian subcontinent to the West, China to the North and Japan to the East, South East Asia is an utterly captivating land that promises to stimulate each and every one of your senses. A tropical expanse of rainforest, rice paddies, diverse landscapes and colourful cultures, the region is where visitors encounter the friendliest, most welcoming people and some of the world''''s most exciting cuisine.
Discover the variety of cultures and climates that you can encounter on the Eastern & Oriental Express.
Accommodating 132 passengers in 66 air-conditioned cabins, the Eastern & Oriental Express is a truly unique way to explore South East Asia and a remarkable celebration of any special occasion. The Eastern & Oriental Express offers three grades of beautifully appointed compartments: Superior Cabins, State Cabins and Presidential Suites. The interior walls are cherry wood and elm burr paneled, adorned with decorative marquetry and intricate inlays. Each cabin is fully air-conditioned with an en suite shower, washbasin and WC and features large picture windows for an excellent view of the passing scenery. Facilities include 24-hour steward service, international electric sockets (220 volts) and 110 volt adapter for razors, a personal safe and hairdryer.
The Eastern & Oriental Express has 30 Superior Cabins that measure comfortably at 62 square feet. During the daytime the compartment is a private lounge provided by a banquette style sofa. At night the seating converts to an upper and lower bed. A private en suite shower, washbasin and WC is also provided in your cabin. Superior Cabins are also available for single configurations.
The Eastern & Oriental Express has 28 State Cabins which measure 84 square feet each. Configured as a private lounge during the day, with a banquette style sofa, fixed chair and one movable chair. Fixed daytime seating converts to two single beds at night. A private en suite shower, washbasin and WC is also provided.
Each Presidential Cabin measures at 125 square feet, the ultimate in luxury train comfort. The cabins are configured as a private lounge during the day, with banquette style sofa and fixed chair, and two moveable chairs. Fixed daytime seating converts to two single beds at night. A private en suite shower, washbasin and WC is also provided. Guests in Presidential Suites enjoy the additional benefit of a complimentary bar in their cabin.
Chefs on board the Eastern & Oriental Express are internationally renowned for their ability to create a tantalising variety of Eastern and European dishes, using the finest fresh seasonal ingredients. Service equals the world''''s finest restaurants. Lunch and dinner are served in the two Restaurant Cars, each lavishly decorated with rosewood and elm panelling.
Each morning a breakfast of freshly baked croissants, coffee or tea, juice and fruit is delivered to your compartment and for those passengers wishing to rise early to take advantage of the beautiful scenery, tea and coffee will be served for you in the Observation Car from 7.00am onwards. The chefs can cater for any specific dietary requirements passengers may have, provided you inform us prior to your journey.
At the end of your day relax and socialise with your fellow passengers in the Bar Carand listen to the sounds of the piano from the resident pianist. The bar is open throughout the day and late into the night for the service of cocktails, aperitifs and liqueurs and local entertainment is performed in the evenings. Enjoy a relaxing and exotic drink such as a Shanghai Express - a delicious cocktail of Bourbon, Amaretto, Southern Comfort, Orange and Lime Juice and Grenadine Syrup.
The Observation Car is located at the very end of the train. Its interior section is the perfect place to enjoy cocktails amidst a colonial ''veranda'' ambience with its teak wood flooring, panelled walls, rattan furniture and potted plants. One-third of the Observation Car is an outdoor observation area decorated with teakwood. Offering unobstructed views, it is the perfect place to take photographs of the panoramic scenery and experience the sights, sounds and scents of South East Asia. Smoking is permitted in the outdoor area.
Following the success of the famous Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, the Eastern & Oriental Express luxury train made history as the first ever train to transport passengers directly from Singapore and Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok. Malaysia and Thailand built and maintained separate railway networks and passengers have always had to change trains from Malaysian railways to Thai railways at Butterworth (Penang). It was therefore an historic occasion when in Summer 1991 the haulage contracts were signed between E&O and the two operators. These agreements allow a single luxury train to travel the whole length of the 1,262 mile (2,030km) journey.
This luxury train was first built in Japan in 1972 and operated as the Silver Star train in New Zealand. It''''s carriages were then remodelled and designed by Gérard Gallet, the man behind much of the design and refurbishment of both the British Pullman and the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express luxury train.
An enormous amount of work went on behind the scenes to put the E&O on the rails. The same team who had worked on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express luxury train created the interiors. As well as adding the required air-conditioning system, and ensuring the carriages were compatible with the Malaysian and Thai railway systems, the windows in the dining cars were also extended to offer panoramic views.
The inspiration for the interiors is derived from the East. The carriage walls are decorated with veneers of wooden marquetry with Eastern designs, while the bar and restaurant cars are decorated in Chinese and Thai lacquer using Malaysian motifs with Thai wall carvings and engraved mirrors. The open-deck of the Observation Car also has an Oriental theme, and for much of the train local materials have been used. On board the Eastern & Oriental Express luxury train, the atmosphere harks back to a ''''Colonial'''' age of rattan chairs on the verandah, linen suits and tea dances.
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.
Whichever journey passengers decide to take, they are assured of the highest quality food and service while enjoying dramatic views across the South East Asian landscape.