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A Classic Oriental Journey By Rail, 8 Nights

Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok

Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok

Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok Bangkok, Grand Palace (Julie Sturzy image) Bangkok (Thai TB pic) Eastern and Oriental Express Eastern and Oriental Express Eastern and Oriental Express, River Kwai
Raffles Hotel Singapore Singapore, Orchard Rd (Singapore TB image) Floating Market, Bangkok, Thailand

Itinerary Description

By turns, classy, historic, heart-rending and fascinating, our multi-faceted itinerary combines effervescent Bangkok with a glamorous, three-night train journey through spectacular Asian countryside – including a thought-provoking excursion to the River Kwai Bridge – and culminates at one of the most iconic hotels in the world, Raffles Hotel Singapore.

Destination

Accommodation

Stay

Fly Dubai to Bangkok

Emirates

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Fly with Emirates from Dubai direct to Bangkok. Approximately 6 hours, 30 minutes.

Bangkok

Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok

2 nights

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If this is your first visit to Bangkok, you’ll want to maximise your short time here to really soak up the culture and sights. If you enjoy architecture and culture, there are many spectacular buildings to discover, including the famous Wat Arun temple, located on the riverside, and the sprawling, Grand Palace, the breathtaking, gold-embellished home to a succession of Thai kings. There are also the most famous floating markets in the world, Damnoen Saduak, where dozens of narrow wooden boats laden with colourful wares and traditionally dressed market traders line the river edge, or make your way to Chinatown, an energetic, vibrant mecca for locals and tourists alike, bursting with wooden shophouses, market stalls, gold traders, restaurants and street food vendors. Alternatively, you could visit the former home of Jim Thompson, an American Industrialist responsible for reviving the Thai silk industry from the doldrums into which it had reached. Mr Thompson lived in Thailand for thirty years and was a keen and savvy collector of Thai art and antiquities, which he displayed to great effect in his stunning teak pagoda-style home. Sadly, in 1967 he mysteriously disappeared while on a trip into the Malaysian jungle, never to be seen again, and has been revered as a hero by the Thai people ever since. His fabulous, well-preserved home and gardens are now a museum and fitting legacy to a great friend of Thailand.

At Mandarin Oriental, you can enjoy a relaxing spa treatment and even take part in creating dishes at the hotel's renowned cookery school, savouring your efforts for lunch. There are sumptuous dinners to be had in the hotel's restaurants, or if you have the energy and inclination, you could head out again to a nearby night market to enjoy another slice of Asian culture and pick up a few souvenirs.

Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok
Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok
Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok

Bangkok's historical hotel - Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok - manages to appear in the top ranks of practically every poll of international hotel properties. Here, history comes alive in the wonderfully traditional service (all guests have a personal Butler) and in the extravagant guest rooms and suites, where soft Thai silks shimmer and orchids abound. Not to mention the convenience of having temples, palaces, markets and designer shopping all on your doorstep.

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Classic Journey from Bangkok to Singapore

Eastern & Oriental Express

3 nights

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In a time when speed is of the essence, it's comforting to know that some journeys just can't be enjoyed at pace – and so it applies to the ever-popular Classic Journey from Bangkok to Singapore, where discerning rail passengers travel in luxury and style on board a glamorous Eastern & Oriental Express train. Classic Journeys are a great way to experience Asia, either as part of a main itinerary - taking you from one country to another, or perhaps as an added extra – to celebrate a special occasion for example – that happens during your holiday. Travellers with a spirit of adventure can look forward to spectacular scenery, pulsating Asian cities, thought-provoking historic sites and a large dose of panache as their luxurious mode of transport slices through a huge amount of Asian culture and history as part of a this Classic Journey, en route to Bangkok from Singapore. DAY 1: On your first day you will depart from Bangkok in the evening and settle into your cabin and get ready for dinner which will be served in the dining car, easing you into your journey. Afterwards you can enjoy drinks in the Bar Car, or retire to your bed for an early night. DAY 2: The following day, having breakfasted in your cabin, you will arrive in Kanchanaburi at River Kwai Bridge Station, near the border with Burma. Disembark from the train and head down to the river’s edge, where you will be met by a local Historian and taken on a leisurely and picturesque Khwai Noi River cruise, the highlight of which is to travel under the infamous River Kwai Bridge. An historic symbol of World War II, the iron bridge and connecting 250-mile railway line was planned by the Japanese and constructed under duress between 1942 and 1943 by Allied Prisoners of War – hailing from Holland, Australia and Great Britain – along with Asian slave labourers, with the purpose of providing the Japanese army with a means of transporting supplies and cargo into India to coincide with a planned attack on the country. The prisoners and slaves were brutally treated, starved, exhausted and injured, and many thousands died as a result of this, but also from disease and because of the dangerous conditions they were working in – hence its pseudonym, The Death Railway. Some estimate that one life was lost for every railway sleeper laid. The newly built bridge was bombed repeatedly by the Allied Forces and in 1944, three sections of it were destroyed. After the war, the grim story of the ill-fated Prisoners of War was captured in books and, most famously, in David Lean’s (sanitised and part-fictional) Oscar-winning 1957 film, ‘The Bridge On The River Kwai’. Following extensive repair and the construction of walkways on either side of it, the bridge still remains in use to this day and has become a focus for tourists. Visit the haunting, state-of-the-art Thailand-Burma Railway Centre, which tells the horrific story of the railway in a factual, non-partisan way and contains some of the parts of the bridge and railway line that were bombed in 1944, along with construction artefacts recovered from the overgrown railway line in the late 1990s. Before you leave Kanchanaburi, you’ll also have the opportunity to pay your respects to some of the thousands of men who lost their lives with a visit to the beautifully kept Don Rak War Cemetery, located adjacent to the museum, where seven-thousand of the perished Prisoners of War were interred after the war ended – a salient and deeply poignant reminder of the huge loss of life. Return to the train to reflect on your day over dinner.

DAY 3: On day three, you’ll wake up to everchanging scenery which can be viewed from your cabin, or in the Observation Car, as the train travels through Malaysia and after brunch you will disembark at Butterworth Station to travel across to George Town on Penang Island, a Colonial city of such architectural and cultural importance that in 2008, it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Throughout the morning, you will be taken around the area by a Tour Guide, exploring pre-World War II mosques, temples, churches, bazaars and shophouses before returning to the train for a refreshing cocktail accompanied by live piano music before a glamorous final dinner on board.

After travelling through Malaysia overnight and crossing the Straits of Johor, you’ll arrive into Singapore by midday the next day.

Eastern & Oriental Express
Eastern & Oriental Express
Eastern & Oriental Express

In an age when speed is everything, a land voyage on board South East Asia's most glamorous train is the perfect opportunity to slow down, switch off and simply enjoy the journey. The beautifully appointed cabins feature cherrywood and elm burr-panelled walls, adorned with decorative marquetry and intricate inlays, whilst large picture windows maximise the wonderful views of the passing scenery and a 24-hour steward service ensures your every need is catered for. Located at the end of the train, the Observation Car - with its teakwood flooring, panelled walls, rattan furniture and potted plants - is the perfect place to enjoy cocktails amidst a Colonial ‘veranda’ ambience. One-third of the car is outdoors, making it perfect for photographic opportunities. Treat yourself to any journey and you'll find yourself intrigued and inspired, on the adventure of a lifetime.

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Singapore

Raffles Hotel Singapore

3 nights

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Enjoy a stay at the iconic Raffles Hotel Singapore. Opened in 1887, this prestigious Colonial sanctuary provides the perfect start to your sophisticated journey. Having played host to a string of acclaimed writers over the years – including Rudyard Kipling, Alfred Hitchcock and Somerset Maugham – the hotel is, perhaps, most famous for its signature cocktail, the Singapore Sling, invented here during the 1920s in the famous Long Bar. However, there’s more to the hotel than a long, prestigious list of guests and an alcoholic aperitif. Here, you can immerse yourself in refined grandeur, an illustrious history and superlative service while luxuriating in your classically furnished guest room or suite. If you’re particularly interested in learning about the history of the hotel, do seek out the resident Historian. Beyond the hotel, there’s a wealth of options to keep you entertained until your rail journey, and the Concierge would be delighted to point you in the right direction, whether you wish to explore the British Colonial architecture, visit the zoo or botanical garden, enjoy a cup of tea in a traditional teahouse in Chinatown or visit the famous Orchard Road to indulge in a little retail therapy.

Raffles Hotel Singapore
Raffles Hotel Singapore
Raffles Hotel Singapore

National monument, international hotel icon and creator of the world-famous Singapore Sling, Raffles Hotel Singapore's wide-ranging claims to fame seem neverending. This gracious Singapore landmark has attracted luminaries from around the world ever since it opened over 125 years ago, most engagingly reflected in its Personality Suites, dedicated to famous past visitors such as Alfred Hitchcock, Charlie Chaplin, Joseph Conrad and Rudyard Kipling and complete with nostalgic memorabilia. With a choice of fifteen restaurants and bars to try and the pampering delights of Raffles Spa to experience, this grand Colonial hotel is a tropical oasis in the heart of a modern city, bringing together the best of old and new, east and west, all underscored by the superb service provided by its legendary butlers.

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Fly Singapore to Dubai

Emirates

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Fly direct from Singapore to Dubai with Emirates.

Best time to travel


Generally speaking, the best time to visit Thailand is from November to February when the northeast monsoon is blowing cool, dry air. April is quite simply the hottest month across the country. Meanwhile, Singapore remains hot and humid for most of the year and from the beginning of November until mid-March, the north east monsoon brings cooler temperatures, as well as the rain when daily showers can last for long periods of time and can be heavy.

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