Wings of Oman flies to Bangkok, hops aboard the classic-styled Eastern & Oriental Express, and rolls off on a train journey of a lifetime to Singapore…
As the world races into 2020, and as we experience faster, more efficient travel on land and in the air, a classic-style train journey from Bangkok to Singapore aboard the Eastern & Orient Express is something that travellers in search of “slow and easy” will absolutely savour.
A story 25 years in the making, the Eastern & Oriental Express has been making history and capturing hearts with magical moments across Southeast Asia ever since its inaugural journey from Bangkok to Singapore in September 1993.
As the train slowly makes its way from Bangkok through to Singapore – past lush green jungle, ancient temples and quaint villages – passengers can sit back, relax, and take their time to raise a toast to the era of opulence, elegance and glamour that this train represents. After all, the last thing you’ll want to do is hurry a journey that’s as unique and romantic as this one.
The train itself is a beautiful sight to behold. Handsome green and gold carriages bear iconic insignia of the Eastern & Oriental Express, and conceal magnificent cherrywood paneling, Thai silks, and Malaysian embroidery in each of their interiors.
The train offers the best of the old and new worlds. In keeping with the golden age of travel, electronic devices are discouraged in certain areas. As for modern innovation, the train is beautifully air-conditioned so you can stay cool in the region’s tropical climate. The cabins also all have luxurious ensuite bathrooms.
“Equally captivating is the quality of light in Southeast Asia. Golden and diffuse, it is best experienced from the train’s elegant open-sided Observation Car. Feel the breeze in your hair as you glide through lush green jungle and expansive tea plantations; and past temples and ancient villages,” say Belmond, the hotel and leisure company that owns the train.
While Eastern & Oriental Express itineraries can collectively combine the three regional cities of Bangkok, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, one of the enduring classics is the Bangkok-Singapore route…
For the first day of your journey, you’ll depart from Bangkok and settle into your private cabin as the train rolls through Bangkok City into the countryside. In the evening, dinner is served in one of the luxurious dining cars, and you can head to the cocktail lounge car afterwards to relax with fellow travellers, or retire to your cosy cabin for the night.
The second day sees you arriving at the small town of Kanchanaburi, where you’ll alight for a tour of your choice. You could opt for a guided visit to the historic River Kwai Bridge and Thai-Burma Railway Museum; do a bicycle tour to nearby rice paddies and local farms; or partake in a foodie exploration of the town’s wet market, and rice noodle houses.
Afterwards, guests can return to the train where they can look forward to another exceptional dinner in the evening.
You can expect to begin day three of your journey with a gentle knock on the cabin door as your cabin steward brings you breakfast in bed. After this, you can spend the morning taking in splendid scenery as you make your way through the Malaysia countryside. Later on, you’ll arrive at Kuala Kangsar, from where you’ll hop off the train again and make your way to Labu Kabong village – to discover rural Malaysian life and experience a warm welcome ceremony from local villagers. Then, you can take a guided tour through lush rice paddies, before sampling some local fresh produce for a snack.
Alternatively, you could join a local expert naturalist for a guided trek through the hills, and up to a lookout point with panoramic views of the area. Afterwards, guests return to the train for a refreshing cocktail accompanied by live piano music, followed by a glamourous final dinner on board.
The next day, the Eastern & Oriental Express continues its journey on to Singapore – and your final destination – from where you can get back to speed with the modern world.
The “Tiger Express”
Guests travelling aboard the Eastern & Oriental Express from Bangkok to Singapore will track their way past much of Thailand and Malaysia’s historic wild tiger territory. With this in mind, the Eastern & Oriental Express owners Belmond, in association with the wildlife charity Save Wild Tigers, recently unveiled brand new tiger livery on the exterior of two of their carriages. Done by the renowned British Chinese Artist, Jacky Tsai – a Save Wild Tigers’ ambassador – the two “Tiger Express” carriages now serve to raise awareness of the plight of these majestic, but critically endangered creatures.
Travel Info! For full details on the Eastern & Oriental Express and bookings visit www.belmond.com/eastern-and-oriental-express
Fly Oman Air! Oman Air offers direct Muscat/Bangkok flights, as well as flights to Singapore via codeshare agreement. Oman Air also flies to several more destinations in Thailand, Malaysia, and the Southeast Asia region. To view the full flight schedules, visit www.omanair.com
Images: © Belmond (www.belmond.com)