A trip on the Eastern and Oriental Express Bangkok to Singapore

A trip on the Eastern and Oriental Express Bangkok to Singapore

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

Tracy has lived and worked in 7 countries on 4 continents and travelled to over 50 more. A qualified school teacher with an interest in history, reading, photography, nature and wildlife she is always planning her next trip (preferably by train)

With a lifetime of travel experience, and a network of friends all over the world, she is also able to share genuine insider guides, recommended best book lists and train journey inspiration to help you travel authentically to some of the most beautiful places on earth.

Come and join me as I travel the world one country (and train journey) at a time!


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    • January 20, 2017 / 7:07 pm

      Oooh where are you off to Tanja? Have a great trip!

  1. January 20, 2017 / 9:59 am

    Ooh, I’d love to ride the Orient Express, it looks so luxurious!

  2. January 21, 2017 / 1:46 am

    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….

  3. January 24, 2017 / 10:50 pm

    Singapore is my dream destination! Looking forward to visiting it. Thanks for the detailed post, Tracy!

    • January 25, 2017 / 6:04 pm

      Thanks Agness! Enjoy Singapore – it is a great destination we loved it!

  4. January 26, 2017 / 5:00 pm

    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 😉

    • January 26, 2017 / 8:17 pm

      Me too! The TransMongolian is my dream! And the Ghan in Australia!

  5. January 28, 2017 / 2:51 am

    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.

  6. January 28, 2017 / 2:55 am

    Singapore and Bangkok are both two places we would love to visit. This train ride sounds like a fun option to take and it seems you enjoyed it a lot. 🙂

    • January 28, 2017 / 12:36 pm

      Thank-you – they loved it. I have been to Singapore and can highly recommend it! Bangkok later this year and really looking forward to it!

  7. January 28, 2017 / 8:46 am

    The train trip looks very luxurious. The excursions make it sound like a cruise with scenic views out the windows.

    • January 28, 2017 / 12:34 pm

      They had a great time on the train and enjoyed the stops along the way too!

  8. January 28, 2017 / 8:47 am

    What an awesome experience! We would love to do an Orient Express train ride one day! Pinned this for later!! #Wkendtravelinspiration

    • January 28, 2017 / 12:34 pm

      Yes it is definitely on my bucket list too!

  9. January 28, 2017 / 10:38 am

    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

    • January 28, 2017 / 12:33 pm

      They had a great time – no Miss Marple or Poirot on the train though lol!

  10. January 28, 2017 / 11:00 am

    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

    • January 28, 2017 / 12:32 pm

      Yes they had a great time! Love train travel!

  11. January 28, 2017 / 4:16 pm

    What a beautiful train and a stunning ride. Thanks for linking up with #wkendtravelinspiration!

  12. January 28, 2017 / 10:28 pm

    Wow, fascinating. It looks really luxurious! #theweeklypostcard

  13. January 28, 2017 / 11:07 pm

    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!

    • January 29, 2017 / 9:55 am

      True – I need to amend! Thanks Jessica – they had an awesome time!

  14. January 28, 2017 / 11:33 pm

    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

    • January 29, 2017 / 9:59 am

      Thanks Anda! Definitely a great trip to take!

  15. January 29, 2017 / 5:40 pm

    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

    • January 29, 2017 / 7:30 pm

      I love train travel and this one is seriously luxurious! We also would love to do this one at some point!

  16. January 30, 2017 / 5:12 am

    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!

    • January 30, 2017 / 7:15 pm

      Thanks guys! It is a dream trip for us too!

  17. February 2, 2017 / 6:02 am

    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.

    • February 2, 2017 / 7:10 pm

      Us too Lyn!One day we would love to take this trip too!

  18. February 7, 2017 / 9:42 am

    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.

    • February 7, 2017 / 4:26 pm

      We love it too and would love to do this journey though probably the less luxurious version too!

  19. February 8, 2017 / 12:30 am

    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….

    • February 8, 2017 / 12:31 am

      I mean your mother’s, lol. What did she like the best? Seeing this post, I’m thinking about going myself next time I’m in the area!

      • February 8, 2017 / 7:00 pm

        Hi Angelica i will ask her and get back to you!