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Eastern & Oriental Express, A Belmond Train, Southeast Asia

The Eastern & Oriental Express, a Belmond train in Southeast Asia, is a remarkable journey that takes passengers on a captivating exploration of the region's diverse landscapes and vibrant cultures. This luxurious train offers an unparalleled travel experience, combining old-world charm with modern comforts. From the moment you step aboard, you are transported to a bygone era of elegance and sophistication. As the train winds its way through lush tropical jungles, picturesque countryside, and bustling cities, you can relax in beautifully appointed cabins, savor exquisite cuisine prepared by talented chefs, and enjoy impeccable service from the attentive staff. Whether you're admiring the stunning views from the observation car or immersing yourself in the local culture during off-train excursions, the Eastern & Oriental Express promises an unforgettable adventure through Southeast Asia.

The Eastern & Oriental Express is a luxurious train traveling through some of the most enchanting and extravagant locations in Southeast Asia. Belmond's flagship train is more than just a mode of transportation: it is an entire experience encompassing fine dining, exquisite amenities, and en-route activities to create memories that will last a lifetime.

Train Overview

The Eastern & Oriental Express traverses stunning landscapes of Southeast Asia en route from Bangkok to Singapore over four days and three nights. The train comprises intimate carriages with plush interiors, spa-inspired showers, and air-conditioned cabins complete with polished wood and brass fittings.

There are several cabin grades to choose from, including Deluxe Cabins, State Cabins, Presidential Suites, and Observation Car for enjoying panoramic views. Each cabin has full bed linen service and personalized bathrobes and slippers. Additionally, there are saloons stationed at each end of the carriage offering an ideal spot for socializing with fellow passengers or savoring a nightcap before retiring for the evening.


The history behind this exceptional journey dates back to 1881 when the privately owned Federated Malay States Railway opened its lines between Penang (George Town) in Malaysia and Bangkok in Thailand. Since then, the railway system has expanded through Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), parts of Laos, and Thailand before coming under the ownership of Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB), Malaysian National Railways 1993. Finally, in 1993 Eastern & Oriental Express became one of the world's most extraordinary rail journeys operated by Belmond Hotels & Resorts UK Limited, with services running throughout Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, and Laos following KTMB's original tracks.

From the window of the Eastern & Oriental Express, you can take in breathtaking views of lush forests, sprawling mountains, and sparkling rivers.
From the window of the Eastern & Oriental Express, you can take in breathtaking views of lush forests, sprawling mountains, and sparkling rivers.


The gastronomical journey aboard Eastern & Oriental Express begins with brunch upon boarding featuring freshly prepared dishes like king prawn sandwiches and smoked salmon omelets served along with sparkling wines or soft drinks followed by tea/coffee post-meal. As part of a unique culinary experience, guests move onto outdoor refreshment stops located within picturesque settings equipped with tables where you can sample exotic delicacies such as chicken satays cooked over grilled charcoal; accompanying all meals onboard are premium wines from France both local spirits as drinks available for purchase on board at extra cost during happy hour. Additionally, gourmet dinners are also served to comprise three courses accompanied by complimentary house wines chosen carefully by Michelin star chefs, ensuring an unforgettable culinary journey during your stay onboard this prestigious train. Ingredients used for preparing meals are locally sourced, fresh, and handpicked at every station stop adding to the overall flavorsome experience.

Aboard the Eastern & Oriental Express, you can enjoy world-class cuisine in luxurious and romantic settings.
Aboard the Eastern & Oriental Express, you can enjoy world-class cuisine in luxurious and romantic settings.


Before beginning your adventure onboard Eastern & Oriental Express, you may want to take advantage of additional services offered, which include sightseeing tours where you can explore cities visited between Bangkok -Singapore, shopping experiences, and special packages uniquely designed according to guests' interests such as golfing. During your stay, you can always enjoy massage therapy on board to soothe tired muscles after long walks through cities. You will also receive complimentary 24-hour room service so that no matter what time, you can indulge in quality food delivered directly to your cabin doorstep.


The Eastern & Oriental Express offers routes between Singapore – Bangkok via River Kwai twice monthly, which takes four days and three nights to visit places like Wat Yai Suwanna Bangphra, the Sanctuary Of Truth, Ayutthaya Elephant Conservation Centre, Kanchanaburi. Other city attractions include the Bridge On river Kwai, Krasae Cave, the Erawan Museum, and Silver Temple. Depending on the month, more activities and extra add-ons may be available due to special occasions and festivals, making the trip enjoyable for everyone wanting a comfortable adventure on this exclusive train.

The Luxury of LuxRally Travel, a Belmond Benefits Partner

Travel has never been more exciting than with LuxRally, an official travel partner of Belmond Hotels. With their exclusive partnership, you can enjoy a range of benefits and amenities that will make your experience even more luxurious. From free breakfast for two daily to complimentary Wi-Fi in-room and a $100 credit per stay for use at spas or restaurants, LuxRally has it all. The icing on the cake? Early check-in and late check-out when available, as well as a welcome amenity and VIP service. Book your next Belmond Hotel, Train, or cruise experience today with LuxRally - you won't regret it!

Explore the Brand:

Belmond hotels are known for their luxurious accommodations and impeccable service. With a collection of iconic properties around the world and a reputation for excellence, Belmond hotels offer a truly unforgettable travel experience. What sets them apart is their unique offering of luxury train journeys, where guests can embark on an extraordinary voyage while indulging in the finest amenities and breathtaking scenery. From the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express to the British Pullman and Royal Scotsman, Belmond trains provide an unparalleled way to explore the world in style and elegance.

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