- Vintage comfort and experience on Belmond's Eastern & Oriental Express train
- Singapore and Bangkok, two fascinating cities
- Guided and themed tours, gourmet restaurant, and a private cruise are all in the itinerary
- Priority airport clearance, private transfers, our local Concierge service, and all of our usual additional services
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Singapore & Bangkok - Asian giants
Bangkok is a bustling megalopolis with a population of more than ten million, and is the hub of the Thai kingdom. The bustling excitement is palpable everywhere you go, in the alleyways of the markets (even when they are floating, like at Bang Nam Pueng), on the wide avenues of traffic or on the Chao Phraya, a magical river where the long tail boats come and go continually. But Thailand's capital also has some areas of peace and tranquillity: in the popular scrap metal district in Chinatown; in temples and pagodas (the most famous of which are Wat Phra Kaeo, Wat Traimit and Wat Pho); and in Bang Krachao Park. Bangkok is a city to experience more than to visit - and the itinerary reflects this; from the flexible planned walk with a local guide, to the discovery of Thonburi's khlongs (canals), which, in addition to looking stunning, abound with Thai life and humanity.
On board the Eastern & Oriental Express - Luxury on railstwo hours and 15 minutes. This is the average flight time for a Singapore to Bangkok flight. So why on earth take a train ride that lasts three days? It's all about the train. Owned by the prestigious Belmond group, the Eastern & Oriental Express is a jewel on rails, a throwback to the refined standards of the 1920s with mahogany woodwork, low fabric-capped lamps, armchairs covered with floral motifs, and thick carpeting throughout the carriages. The carriages themselves serve different purposes. There are two for enjoying the talents of a chef who has worked in the kitchens of the Elysee Palace in Paris; one with a piano bar for socialising in chic company; several sleeping cars (including yours) offering comfortable luxury, and a final observation car for gazing out on the journey, both day and night. There is certainly nothing boring about the landscapes and scenes of everyday life as you go up the Malay Peninsula to Bangkok (or vice versa). And then there are stopovers along the way; set foot back on the ground, meet the villagers, discover the local wildlife and plants, cruise on a river... A journey within the journey, in refined surroundings.
Flight to Singapore
Overnight flight, arriving the next day.
After priority clearance, private transfer to the hotel for three nights. The scale of the lobby is impressive. There are large columns supporting an imposing facade, panelling, pure Art Deco furniture, and a pleasant atrium in which to enjoy high tea with a string quartet. Located at the mouth of the Singapore River and the Raffles subway stop, it offers quick access to the bustling quayside in the evening. A delightful swimming pool is just the place to relax after a day of sightseeing.
In the afternoon, discover Singapore with a private guide. Experience the city-state's own unique multi-ethnic culture and lifestyle. Pass through the colonial quarter with views over Padang, the Esplanade and the Theatres on the Bay. Next up is Thian Hock Keng Temple, one of Singapore's oldest and most important Hokkien temples. Then head to Chinatown and Little India, a neighbourhood formerly home to Chulia Kampong - originally a division of colonial Singapore, when Tamil immigrants resided under the British policy of ethnic segregation. In the evenings, embark at Clarque Quay for a private cruise on the Sungai Singapura River, further enhanced with a fizzy glass of champagne.
Enjoy a day of free discovery to experience the great city-state at your own pace. Behind the skyscrapers with their glass facades and right angles, the shopping malls that combine luxury brands and Asian service, with smartly-dressed hostesses catering to your every whim, there are other Singapores to be found. There's a Malaysian influence in the bric-a-brac shops, Indian in the takeout restaurants and Ganesh temples. And there's the Singapore that still evokes ancient China, with its herbal shops selling powders and snakes. Finally, remember that Singapore is regarded as Asia's gastronomic capital.
Optional - Tickets to Gardens by the Bay.
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Then follow your guide for an architectural tour of Singapore. Passing through the National Gallery, Parliament, the Pinnacle, Park Royal on Pickering and Oasia Hotel, you'll get a glimpse of the architectural contrast that is the hallmark of the city of Singapore.
Singapore - Eastern & Oriental Express
Transfer to the train station where you'll board the Belmond Eastern & Oriental Express, which takes three days by rail to arrive in Bangkok. Two nights on board in a charming setting, with refined cuisine from a French chef. The train leaves Singapore and travels up Peninsula Malaysia. Afternoon tea will soon be served in your cabin. There are also plenty of opportunities to enjoy the landscapes and scenes of local life from the observation car. In the evening, everyone meets in the restaurant car, which serves its 31 carriages, to sample the eastern and western specialties prepared by the chef. Finally, the bar car is the perfect place to socialise, and also to end the day sipping a cocktail.
Eastern & Oriental Express Train
As the green landscapes of tropical forests roll past the windows, breakfast is served in your cabin. Then you arrive at Kuala Kangsar Station. There are two options: visit a traditional village near Labu Kubong, or a fairly decent hike accompanied by an expert naturalist guide. Back on board and as the train resumes its journey north, lunch is served. As we cross the Thai border, temples gradually replace the rice fields in the changing landscape. Dinner on board.
Eastern & Oriental Express Train - Bangkok
After breakfast, the day is devoted to Thai cuisine. Accompanied by an expert guide, walk through a floating market and discover the manufacturing secrets behind the famous rice noodles. Then board a boat for a traditional cooking class on the Kwai River. Alternatively, take a cruise along the Khwae Yai River to see the stilt houses or a visit to the rural village of Nong Kao and its rice paddies by bike.
Arrival at Bangkok train station in the late afternoon and private transfer to the hotel for three nights. More intimate than most of the city's prestigious establishments, it is also the only one with a private pool. This hotel is a family affair, a family of artists with a traveller's soul, and it's palpable. A hotel with character set on the edge of the Chao Praya, the 'river of kings', in a quiet neighbourhood of the capital. Old-style posters, gramophones, antique furniture, vintage references and colonial touches all form a seamless Art Deco ambiance. All without compromising on comfort and service, a real haven of luxury and tranquillity.
Includes an accompanied walk, to experience Bangkok as a local. Over the years, our local contacts with their love of the country and Asia, their enthusiasm for travelling and meeting people from other cultures, or fondness for Thai nightlife and culture, have become real locals themselves, pretty much know the city like the back of their hand, and help lift the lid on this fascinating and buzzing city. Visit the city in their footsteps, with its fashionable places, its private neighbourhoods, its street cuisine, its markets... Mingle with the crowds or get away from them, but the main thing is to discover everyday life in Thailand.
Optional visit to Jim Thompson's house and the Baan Krua Nua district, with private guide.
Take a boat trip along the Thonburi khlongs (canals), and discover another, simpler and more traditional side of Bangkok, with old wooden houses on stilts, unlikely floating kitchens and hidden temples. This boat trip is an opportunity to admire the essential Wat Arun temple and to visit the Baan Silapin 'Artist's House', a traditional house located beside the canal, in an area of authentic tranquillity.
Optional - Private dinner at a chef's table.
Bangkok - Return flight
Private airport transfer. Assistance with customs formalities and access to the lounge. Return flight.
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Singapore - Tickets to Gardens by the Bay
Entrance to this beautiful park of over 250 acres consisting of three waterfront gardens: Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay Central Garden.
Bangkok - Jim Thompson's House and the Baan Krua Nua district
Beautifully decorated and built in the pure Thai traditional style of teak houses, visit Jim Thompson's house, located on the edge of the canal, which was once home to this New York architect who was passionate about art and particularly interested in Thai silks. It is now a museum housing a priceless collection of Thai and Asian art such as the multi-coloured benjarong porcelain. From the museum, take a stroll along the San Seab Canal to the authentic, preserved Baan Krua Nua district, where the locals once worked in silk weaving and supplied Jim Thompson before his mysterious disappearance. This is an opportunity to meet Loong Aood, one of the few people who still carry out this activity.
Bangkok - Dinner at a chef's table
The concept is simple: guests go to a chef's private apartment, with panoramic views over the river, enjoy a cocktail and snacks, and then sit around the table to awaken the senses and taste buds. The chef prepares a stunning Thai meal with a dozen dishes for you to enjoy. It's a surprising and intimate experience.
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