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As a lover of train travel I enjoy reading about other’s experiences on some of the luxury journeys I plan to take in the future. My Mum and her husband took this trip as part of a special birthday celebration.

If travelling on the Eastern and Oriental Express is on your bucket list and you wonder what the journey is like then read on about the adventure that is  travelling on the Eastern and Oriental Express Bangkok to Singapore.

If you are planning to spend some time in Thailand before catching the train this Thailand travel itinerary will give you plenty of inspiration to organise your trip.

Eastern and Oriental Express Bangkok to Singapore


Arriving at the station to pick up the Eastern and Oriental Express Bangkok to Singapore train was very exciting. Firstly we were shown into the beautiful lounge for drinks before being escorted to our cabin where we were greeted by our steward.


After settling into our cabin the train left Bangkok station and we were on our way! We passed through the outskirts of Bangkok and were greeted by waving children. Soon we were into the beautiful countryside passing rice fields and villages.


On our first evening we were greeted for our evening meal by our waiters and had the most amazing food. We then settled in the lounge for drinks and listened to the resident pianist before retiring to bed. We had an action packed itinerary the next day so it was vital to get some rest!

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Next morning we awoke early to witness the train snaking its way over the wooded trestle viaduct before enjoying our breakfast in our cabin.

On arrival at the River Kwai bridge we disembarked and were escorted onto a local raft for a cruise down the Kwai Yai river. A historian gave us a short talk on the history of the Thailand/Burma railway.

Following the talk we had a tour around the museum. I found this quite harrowing. The night before we were given flowers. If we wanted we could put them on one of the graves in the Don Rak war cemetery adjacent to the museum.

We then joined the train again for lunch.


Next morning awakened by our steward again with our breakfast before enjoying the picturesque  countryside of Malaysia. Brunch was served before we arrived in Butterworth station we then boarded buses to go on a tour of Penang with its mosques, temples and colourful bazaars.  The highlight was all of us racing round Georgetown in rickshaws. The poor drivers were exhausted.

Rejoining the train we then proceeded on our way towards Singapore sitting in the observation car watching the world go by.

On the last evening we had entertainment from Malaysian dancers.


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On our final day we again had breakfast in our cabin.  After crossing the straits of Johor we arrived in Singapore – our final destination and the end of a wonderful once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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So that was our experience taking a trip on the Orient Express Bangkok to Singapore! We had a wonderful time.


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The Eastern and Oriental Express Bangkok to Singapore (and vice versa) has been running since 1992. It is a luxury train option equivalent to a 5* hotel.  The best site to look at for more detailed information about the service is the man at seat 61. He gives a comprehensive guide to the train.

We booked the package through Trailfinders in the UK.


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Author: Tracy

Over the last 50 years I have lived and worked in 7 countries on 4 continents and travelled to many more. I enjoy exploring and learning about new places and meeting people on my travels. History, reading, photography, nature and wildlife are my interests and I am ALWAYS researching and planning my next trip (preferably by train)

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45 thoughts on “A trip on the Eastern and Oriental Express Bangkok to Singapore

  1. Amila says:

    wow!This is a great experience.Beautiful views and destinations.We are in a plan to travel Malaysia KL from Singapore using the train.But still,I am worrying about spending long hours as we travel with our 3 years old.This post makes me to think of our plan again….

  2. Van says:

    Train travel is the best! I’m still dreaming of taking the Transsiberian Railway one day but crossing Asia seems like a really good idea too 😉

  3. Anisa says:

    That really is a once in a lifetime experience. I would love to travel on the Orient Express and the scenery along the way looks amazing too. Thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard.

  4. David says:

    This is looks like a really interesting way to explore these countries and not an experience that I’d really thought of possible in SE Asia. The train does indeed look quite luxurious and the stops along the way look perfect. It sounds like something out of an Agatha Christie novel so glad nothing bad transpired haha. #WeekendWanderlust

  5. Anna says:

    Wow! This looks really like a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Such a great way to see more things along the way, instead of a simple Bagnkok-Singapore flight! Thanks for sharing #WeekendWanderlust

  6. Jessica @ Independent Travel Cats says:

    Looks like your parents had a great time on the Eastern & Oriental Express, its looks like a great train journey! Would love to do this some day. Just note (sorry I love train history) that your use of Orient Express instead of Eastern & Oriental Express may be confusing for those looking for the Orient Express train. The historical Orient Express route actually went from France to Istanbul, and the train that still carries part of that name runs in Europe (not to Thailand or Signapore). We took the Venice Simplon Orient Express last year and loved it!

  7. Anda says:

    Fascinating trip, Tracy! The Eastern Oriental Express looks like a really interesting way to explore these countries. Would love to do this some day. #TheWeeklyPostcard

  8. Ruth says:

    Seriously Tracy, this has to be one of the coolest way of transportation. I love train travel but this takes the experience a level above of what I am use to. Will need to include this in my future plans (and I think about all the good food in Thailand and Singapore). #WeekendWanderlust

  9. Rob+Ann @TravelLatte(.net) says:

    This is one of our Bucket List trips! When we think of the “Golden Age of Travel,” the Orient Express comes to mind almost immediately. We’ve grown up reading about it, and would love to experience it. Thank you for sharing your trip – it just makes us want to go that much more!

  10. Michele {Malaysian Meanders} says:

    I’m so glad that you had a chance to spend some time in Penang where I lived for 3 years. It’s a lot to take in over just one day! After reading this, I’m kicking myself that we didn’t do this train route while we lived over there. It’s such a unique way to see the countryside. Thanks for linking up with #WkendTravelInspiration.

  11. Phoebe | Lou Messugo says:

    I’m a huge fan of rail travel and have taken some pretty long and iconic train journeys in my time including this one, but in rather less luxury! I did it in 2 parts, BKK- Penang and then Penang-Singapore in about 1988 in ordinary sleeper. I love that this train has an observation carriage, that’s just fab! I’ve also had my parents write up some of their adventures on my blog as they are still big travellers in their 70s.

  12. Angelica says:

    Gorgeous photos! I lived in Thailand for a number of years, but I’ve never gone to Singapore. What was your favorite part of the trip?

    I remember visiting the bridge over the River Kwai on a school trip, standing on those little platforms when trains came by, and wondering what the people inside were thinking about….

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