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Eastern & Oriental Express - Route New Year Celebration (SIN-BKK)

Duration

4 Days

Physical rate

Moderate

Starting city

Singapore

Available

December 2021 / December 2021

Cities to visit: Singapore, Rawang, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Bangkok

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 Eastern & Oriental Express at Singapore in the afternoon and settle into your elegant private cabin. The whistle blows and the train departs, heading across the Causeway into Malaysia and the lush countryside beyond. An indulgent afternoon tea is served as you admire the exotic scenery outside your window. Take time to explore your surroundings and chat with your fellow guests. An exquisite dinner is served in one of the opulent dining cars, after which you may choose to enjoy a nightcap in the Bar Car and listen to the resident pianist playing entertaining melodies. Retire to your cabin, now converted into a cosy bedroom by your personal steward.
After breakfast, we have a range of options for you to choose from. Alight to explore the vibrant metropolis or verdant surroundings of Kuala Lumpur on one of our enthralling tours. Alternatively, stay on the train and enjoy a selection of relaxing activities.
1. A Cultural Tapestry
Transfer time approx. 35 minutes
Your classic guided walking tour starts at historic Independence Square (Dataran Merdeka) where, on the stroke of midnight, 31 August 1957, independence from British colonial rule was declared. Leaving the square, we proceed to view the majestic Jamek Mosque (Masjid Jamek), the city’s oldest mosque dating from 1909, which features Moorish-inspired architecture. Your next stop is Sin Sze Si Ya, the oldest Chinese temple in Kuala Lumpur, which was constructed by craftsmen from southern China. A fine example of a traditional Chinese temple, it boasts an ornate interior and elaborate roof. Nearby you can experience the dazzling array of sights, sounds and scents at one of Malaysia’s oldest wet markets.
2. Kampong Traditions and Crafts
Transfer time approx. 35 minutes
Gain an insight into Malaysia’s diverse lifestyles, traditions and crafts. Your tour begins at Pudu Market, one of the largest traditional wet markets in the capital. Wend your way through narrow lanes of tightly packed, bustling stalls to see the vast array of fresh meat, fruits and vegetables on offer. Next, head to the Heritage Trust of Malaysia (Badan Warisan), where a Trust member will show you around a village leader’s traditional wooden house (Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman) and give you a fascinating glimpse into early-1900s domestic life. Finally, enjoy a taste of kuih bahulu, dainty cakes that are a favourite among Malaysians of all ages and one of the key delicacies of the Eid Festival.
3. Cycle Tour of Hidden Kuala Lumpur
Transfer time approx. 35 minutes
Join an enthusiastic local team for a private cycling tour in the heart of the capital. Pedal to the city's oldest settlement, Kampong Bharu, a century-old, rustic Malay village in view of the iconic Petronas Towers. Admire the traditional timber houses and mosques, sample delicious street food. Continue to Chow Kit Market, one of the city’s oldest and busiest wet markets. Learn about spices and herbs used in Malay cooking and visit the ancient Sikh temple nearby.
Suitable for experienced cyclists.
After your enriching morning, gather in the dining cars of the Eastern & Oriental Express for lunch. Relax on board in the afternoon and prepare for the evening’s sumptuous dinner, served as your journey continues towards Penang Island.
Breakfast is served in your cabin before the day's adventures begin. Alight from the train at Bukit Mertajam, where you will transfer to George Town, Penang. Here you can choose from the following excursions:
1. George Town Living Heritage Hunt
Transfer time approx. 35 minutes
Despite being a modern, 21st-century city, George Town is still home to many traditional artisan crafts including millinery, Chinese engraving, weaving, stonemasonry and shoe-making. Its unique craft heritage is one of the reasons why it is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and such a fascinating place to visit. This self-guided tour tracks down some of the lesser-known crafts and gives you the opportunity to try your hand at joss stick and flower garland making, gold melting, Chinese seal engraving and sign carving, or to simply wander through the streets witnessing the 'living heritage' of George Town.
2. Taste of Penang
Transfer time approx. 35 minutes
Discover Penang’s rich culinary heritage on a journey with Nazlina, a self-taught cook and food enthusiast with readers from all over the world. Join her on an exciting morning tour of George Town’s best local markets, gathering delicious produce and learning about local customs. After that visit Nazlina’s renowned Spice Station and enjoy a Malaysian cooking demo.
3. George Town’s Colonial Legacy
Transfer time approx. 35 minutes
In the company of knowledgeable local guides, experience the grandeur of 19th-century Penang and learn about the fascinating history of its capital, George Town. This classic guided tour starts in front of Penang City Hall, a landmark colonial building, and continues with a trishaw ride through the vibrant streets, passing St George’s Church, the first Anglican church to be constructed in Southeast Asia. Among the many highlights, you will visit the prominent Chinese clan house, Koo Kongsi, stroll along the Street of Harmony, where every religion is represented in a place of worship, and enjoy a guided tour of the charming Pinang Peranakan Mansion.
Rejoin the train for lunch and soak up views of the lush, green countryside as we approach the Thai border. This evening’s entertainment begins with a traditional Thai dance performance and is followed by a spectacular celebratory dinner created by Executive Chef Yannis Martineau. Soon it is time for the exciting New Year countdown, accompanied by a DJ and fireworks.
Arrive in Bangkok, your journey’s end, and disembark for your onward travel arrangements. The staff and crew of Eastern & Oriental Express wish you a very Happy New Year.
Please note: Eastern & Oriental Express operates within the constraints of the railway network. As such, timings, routes and associated itineraries are subject to change

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