September 2021 / April 2022
Detailed day by day description
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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.
As the journey continues northward you are served a refreshing afternoon tea in your cabin. Stroll along to the Observation Car to admire the passing scenery of lush landscapes and rural settlements. Later, dress for an exquisite dinner of eastern and western specialities in the Restaurant Car, followed by an enticing cocktail or liqueur in the Bar Car where our resident pianist plays. Retire to your cabin, which has been transformed into an inviting bedroom.
Both of the Labu Kubong options are weather permitting. In inclement weather, an alternative programme will be offered.
Rejoin the train at Padang Rengas Station and enjoy lunch before spending a relaxing afternoon either in your cabin, the bar or the Observation Car. Look out for the picturesque limestone massifs that rear up from the rice fields. As the train crosses into Thailand, the scenery changes to include wing-roofed Thai temples and bustling stations. In the evening, further culinary delights are served in the Restaurant Car, after which you may wish to enjoy a convivial drink in the Bar Car before your final night’s sleep on board.
Optional Labu Kubong Excursions
1. Traditional Village Tour
On arrival in Kuala Kangsar, board guided motor coaches and drive into the sleepy Malaysian countryside. Reach Kampung Labu Kubong, where a friendly villager greets you and gives you an insight into the typical lifestyle of a rural Malaysian. Visit century-old wooden homes where the owners invite you in and share their stories. Wander past a village spice garden, enter a little coffee shop and taste local delicacies. In a rubber plantation, discover the charming, long-forgotten history of how this precious tree ended up in Malaya and led to it becoming one of the world's largest rubber producers. Don't be alarmed if you spot any bees - they are stingless. They also produce a delicious honey, which you'll be invited to sample.
Ever wondered what happens to old railway metal? Visit a creative villager's home to see how the metal is recycled into daily utensils and tools. Enjoy time with this small community before leaving Kuala Kangsar with warm memories.
2. Hill Trek
This tour is for walkers with a good level of fitness. It begins with a visit to a local plantation cultivating rubber, bananas and durians, and includes a sampling of the chips produced here. Afterwards, your local guide will give you an insight into the area as he leads you on a 30-minute hike to the top of the hill. Enjoy cold towels and refreshments, then admire the panoramic views overlooking the village and surrounding rice paddies. Use the binoculars provided and you may even catch a glimpse of the train waiting at nearby Padang Rengas Station. Your return walk downhill will take around 20 minutes.
Please note spaces on the Hill Trek are limited, please confirm your preference when completing your passenger information form.
Rejoin the train in Kanchanaburi. Back on board, lunch is served as the train makes its stately way towards Bangkok, arriving in the late afternoon. Alight here for your onward travels.
Optional Kanchanaburi Excursions
1. 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.
2. 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 heading back to the train. Please note that this tour does not include a visit to the River Kwai bridge.
3. 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.
Spaces on Tracks to Unseen Thailand and Local Flavours tour are limited, please select your preference when completing your passenger information form.
Please note: Eastern & Oriental Express operates within the constraints of the railway network. As such, timings, routes and associated itineraries are subject to change.