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Eastern & Oriental Express - Route Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur // SEP to APR

Duration

3 Days

Physical rate

Moderate

Starting city

Bangkok

Available

September 2021 / April 2022

Cities to visit: Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Kuala Kangsar, Kuala Lumpur

Detailed day by day description

Introduction

Dear Traveler: thank you for choosing us to perform this Tour! We hope you enjoy your trip.

Here we give you a guidance on their tour with the information that we believe may be of your interest. The information is indicative, may exist variations on designated hours.

TRANSFER from the airport, if you have it included or purchasing. Our transfer will be waiting for you with a poster on behalf of Owner or its name to the output of the custom (after collecting your luggage)..

Remember to inform us by phone if you lost your connection flight or expected delay of their arrival, in your VOUCHER figure the phone of the transfer.

Day
Board the gleaming carriages of the Eastern & Oriental Express at Bangkok’s Hua Lamphong Station in the evening. Your steward will show you to your elegant private cabin, where you have time to settle in as the journey begins. Make your way to the teakwood Observation Car to enjoy spectacular open views of the sun setting over the lush landscapes. Return to your cabin to dress for dinner before taking your seat in one of the sumptuous Restaurant Cars. Indulge in a gastronomic feast of eastern and western specialities, expertly prepared by our onboard chefs. Afterwards, you may wish to enjoy a convivial nightcap in the Bar Car while being entertained by the resident pianist. Retire to your cabin, which has been converted into a cosy bedroom by your steward.
As morning breaks in rural Kanchanaburi Province, breakfast is served in your cabin. Later, the train arrives at River Kwai Station, where you disembark for your chosen excursion:
Classic Tour
Cruise along the Khwae Yai River aboard a local raft, taking in views of the splendid Thai teakwood houses along the banks. Your guide provides an insight into the building of the infamous railway and bridge, which were constructed by allied prisoners in World War II. After the cruise, board a minivan to the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre and perhaps pay a visit to the Don Rak War Cemetery before returning to the train.
Tracks to Unseen Thailand Tour
Disembark in Kanchanaburi and board a private minivan to rural Nong Kao village for your hour-long bicycle tour. Cycle through the verdant rice fields, stopping for a fascinating demonstration at a local Thai farm and refreshments. Return to the Traditional Thai Wooden House for a relaxing herbal infusion before returning to the train.
Local Flavours Tour
Your guided tour begins with visits to a vibrant wet market and an acclaimed rice noodle house where you will gain an insight into the traditional processes used. You then proceed to Wat Nue Pier to board a river raft and participate in a traditional Thai cooking class on board as you sail along the River Kwai. Disembark at Chong Kai War Cemetery for an optional visit before returning to the train.
Rejoin the train in Kanchanaburi. Back on board, a leisurely afternoon awaits. Take time to relax and recharge your batteries before preparing for a sumptuous dinner, preceded perhaps by one of our enticing signature cocktails in the Bar Car. Overnight on board.
Indulge in a lie-in before breakfast in your cabin as the Eastern & Oriental Express enters Malaysia. Notice the landscape change as limestone massifs rear up dramatically from the rice fields. Spend the morning relaxing in the Observation Car or Saloon Car, reading, chatting with fellow guests or simply gazing at the passing scenery.
After lunch you arrive in Kuala Kangsar and alight to board a coach. Travel away from the city to Labu Kubong, a village set among the paddy fields and backed by lush mountains. Here you embark on a traditional village experience, a chance to immerse yourself in rural Malaysian life. The villagers welcome you with a traditional martial arts dance before you sample regional food and drink and browse locally produced handicrafts. Enjoy a guided walk through the rice paddies to learn about the process of planting and harvesting before heading to a plantation where rubber, banana and durian are grown. Your tour finishes with refreshments that include banana and durian chips produced from the plantation crops.
Alternatively, advanced trekkers may wish to join our optional hill trek. Your trek begins with a visit to a banana and durian plantation before you join your guide—an expert naturalist—to climb to the peak of the nearby hill. Cold towels and refreshments greet your arrival at the top, following your challenging walk, as well as breathtaking panoramas over the village and plantations. Peer through the binoculars provided and you may even catch a glimpse of the train waiting at nearby Padang Rengas Station. Please note, this excursion is recommended for advanced walkers only. We advise wearing comfortable and sturdy walking shoes for both excursions.
Both of the Labu Kubong options are weather permitting. In inclement weather, you’ll enjoy a guided tour of Kuala Kangsar instead. Your guide will lead you on a journey through the fascinating royal town, taking in such sights as the majestic Ubudiah Mosque and the treasure-filled Sultan Shah Gallery.
After your excursion, rejoin the train as it continues south through the lush rainforests and rural west-coast towns of Peninsular Malaysia. Prepare for a gastronomic dinner before arriving into Rawang Station late this evening.
Please note: Eastern & Oriental Express operates within the constraints of the railway network. As such timings, routes and associated itineraries are therefore subject to change.

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