From serene Buddhist monuments and bustling markets to futuristic cityscapes and contemporary art, Bangkok, Malaysia, and Singapore offer an abundance of charms and wonderments. Join the National Trust next February aboard the glamorous Eastern & Oriental Express train on an enthralling journey down the Malay Peninsula.
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- Individual Travel Tour, International Land & Rail Voyages
- Departure Dates
Feb 9, 2022 - Feb 20, 2022
EASTERN & ORIENTAL EXPRESS
Discover Southeast Asia aboard the Eastern & Oriental Express. This spectacular train is operated by the same company that runs the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient Express. The Society of International Railway Travelers awarded the E&O a place on the “World’s Top 25 Trains” list for beauty, dining, service, and excursion experience.
On the banks of the Chao Phraya River, this elegant hotel offers a mix of traditional Thai style and modern comfort.
FULLERTON HOTEL, SINGAPORE
Housed in a neo-classical landmark built in 1928, this heritage hotel has three restaurants, an infinity pool, a gym with a sauna and steam room, and a spa.
An optional five-night postlude in Borobudur and Bali is offered from February 20-25, 2022
On a five-night tour, venture to Indonesian paradises to experience some of the holiest and most beautiful Buddhist monuments in the world. In Yogyakarta, on the island of Java, see the 9th-century Hindu temple compound of Prambanan, with its multitude of pointed towers. Transfer to Borobudur to see its UNESCO-listed temple compounds, and view its 8th-century stone pyramid at sunset, a truly unforgettable experience. Fly to Bali, known as the “Island of the Gods,” to view fascinating museums, attend a Balinese blessing ceremony, and meet a
world-renowned conservator and his team to explore rarely seen temples. Conclude in one of Bali’s holiest sites, Besakih Temple, and see its astounding complex of 23 temples perched in the mountains.
$2,499 per person, double rate
$2,779 single rate
Includes three nights at the Plataran Borobudur Resort & Spa and two nights at the Maya Ubud Resort in Bali; breakfast daily, five lunches, and four dinners; internal economy-class flights (Singapore/Yogyakarta/ Denpasar). Sightseeing as noted.
day February 9
Depart on an overnight flight to Bangkok, with a connection en route.
day February 10
Arrive in Bangkok late tonight and transfer to the elegant Peninsula Bangkok Hotel overlooking the Chao Phraya River, the lively artery of old Bangkok and gateway to many of the city’s glittering temples and palaces.
day February 11
After breakfast, enjoy a morning at leisure followed by a lecture at the hotel. Continue for lunch at the Jim Thompson House Museum, the former home of the American expatriate famous for being a pioneer of the local silk industry. The museum is a group of six traditional houses collected from all over Thailand and now showcases Thompson’s marvelous Asian art collection. In the evening, gather for introductory remarks, followed by a celebratory welcome dinner.
day February 12
Begin with a morning stroll through a flower market and a tour of the spice market, where we will learn about the ingredients of Thai cuisine, world-renowned for its spiciness. Visit the Bangkok National Museum, whose collections include both early Siamese Buddhist bronzes and some spectacular Khmer stone sculptures. Following lunch, see the Suan Pakkad Palace. As we stroll through this complex of traditional teak houses, once owned by a member of the Royal Family, enjoy the palace’s rich collection of lacquer, furniture, and a collection of Ban Chiang pottery more than 4,000 years old. The evening is free to attend an optional cooking class featuring the regional cuisine.
day February 13
BANGKOK / AYUTTHAYA
Drive this morning to Ayutthaya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Founded in the 14th century, Ayutthaya became the second Siamese capital after Sukhothai. The royal city was destroyed by Burmese invaders in the 18th century, yet its remains—characterized by towers and gigantic monasteries—give a vivid image of its past splendor. Cruise along the Chao Phraya River and return to Bangkok, followed by dinner this evening at the famed Blue Elephant.
day February 14
BANGKOK / EASTERN & ORIENTAL EXPRESS
Today, discover the Grand Palace, residence of the kings of the Chakri Dynasty. In the religious complex of Wat Phra Kaew, see the Emerald Buddha, the most sacred image for Buddhists in Thailand. You may also visit the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles. After lunch, view the Reclining Buddha at Wat Po. Make your way to the glamorous Eastern & Oriental Express for the three-night rail journey, with dinner on board this evening.
day February 15 & 16
EASTERN & ORIENTAL EXPRESS
From the comfort of your elegant en-suite cabins or the open-air Observation Deck, view the lush landscapes of Thailand and Malaysia. Enjoy exquisite meals in the dining car as well as a private lecture. Each day will include excursion options, beginning with a short cruise on the River Kwai to see the famous bridge. You may also visit the museum documenting the Thailand-Burma Railway, built by Japanese forces during World War II. The following day will focus on Malaysian food, culture, and agriculture in a local village.
day February 17
After a late morning arrival in Singapore, explore the displays of engaging art and artifacts at the Asian Civilizations Museum. Savor a lunch of local delicacies before transferring to the Fullerton Hotel for check-in. The evening is at leisure.
day February 18
Discover the National Gallery’s impressive collection of modern Southeast Asian art. Lunch is at leisure. This afternoon, take a Marina Bay cruise with views of Singapore’s many architectural highlights. Afterwards, roam through the enchanting Gardens by the Bay, a gorgeous nature park and one of the city’s most iconic landmarks. Gather for a farewell dinner this evening.
day February 19
Admire the glorious orchid collections and many varieties of bamboo at the renowned Botanic Gardens. Then visit the contemporary art galleries in the Gillman Barracks area, a vibrant cultural neighborhood that was once a military camp, before lunch together. The rest of the day is at leisure.
day February 20
SINGAPORE / RETURN
Transfer to Singapore Changi Airport for return flights, arriving in the United States the same day. While at the airport in Singapore, you may explore Jewel, a Moshe Safdie designed space housing lush gardens and the world’s tallest indoor waterfall.
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