Eastern & Oriental Express – Bangkok to Penang ****
Travel back to the golden age of rail aboard the Eastern & Oriental Express and its opulent colonial luxury. Wake to a different panoramic view each morning as you are transported through tropical forests, rice paddies, mountains and exotic villages.
DAY 1 - EUROPE to BANGKOK
Fly to Bangkok, arriving the following day for three nights at the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok or the Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok. You may wish to pre-book one of our Bangkok Experiences.
DAY 5 - BANGKOK to EASTERN & ORIENTAL EXPRESS
Transfer to Hualampong station to board the elegant Eastern & Oriental Express train early this evening. Sip a drink in the Observation car as the train leaves the city and heads out into open country. Later, settle into your cabin before enjoying dinner on board while the train travels past water buffalo and through rice fields and small villages. Return to your cabin at your convenience, which will have been transformed into a bedroom by stewards.
DAY 6 - EASTERN & ORIENTAL EXPRESS
Awake early to experience the train make its way from Wong Po along a wooden trestle viaduct beside a towering cliff. Arrive at the River Kwai Bridge station and take a cruise along the river while learning about the history of this famous railway and bridge. Drive past the North Temple and Chinese Cemetery en route to the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre, where a historian will be on hand to answer any questions. A visit to the Don Rak War Cemetery is optional (time permitting). Take a coach the short distance to Kanchanaburi before returning to the train. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon, savour dinner and perhaps some music by the resident pianist in the bar before retiring for the night.
DAY 7 - EASTERN & ORIENTAL EXPRESS TO PENANG
On arrival in Penang transfer to a Deluxe gardenwing room at Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort for five nights of indulgence at this fine hotel. You may wish to pre-book one of our Penang Experiences.
DAY 12 - PENANG TO EUROPE
Fly Malaysia Airlines via Kuala Lumpur to Europe, arriving the next morning.
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