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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- Trip Type
- Individual Travel Tour, International Land & Rail Voyages
- Departure Dates
- Feb 7, 2021 - Feb 18, 2021
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
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 & Bali is offered from February 18-23, 2021.
- day 1
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7: DEPARTURE
Depart on an overnight flight to Bangkok, with a connection en route.
- day 2
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8: BANGKOK, THAILAND
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 3
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9: BANGKOK
After breakfast, enjoy a morning lecture by an expert specializing in Asian art who will be accompanying us throughout the tour. Continue for lunch at the Jim Thompson House Museum, the former home of the American expatriate who is famous as a pioneer of the local silk industry. The museum is a group of six traditional houses collected from all over Thailand, which now showcases Thompson’s marvelous Asian art collection. 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. In the evening, gather for introductory remarks, followed by a celebratory welcome dinner. B,L,D
- day 4
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10: BANGKOK
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. Visit the Bangkok National Museum, whose collections include both early Siamese Buddhist bronzes and some spectacular Khmer stone sculptures. After lunch, continue to Wat Arun, the likely location of the Bangkok Biennale installation. Meet with the director of the Biennale (schedule pending). The evening is free to attend an optional cooking class featuring regional cuisine. B,L
- day 5
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11: 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 6
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12: 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. Also visit the Queen Sirikit Textile Museum. 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 B,L,D
- day 7 & 8
SATURDAY & SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 13 & 14: 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 bridge immortalized in the 1952 novel and David Lean’s 1957 film adaptation. 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. B,L,D
- day 9
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15: SINGAPORE
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. B,L
- day 10
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16: SINGAPORE
Discover the National Gallery’s impressive collection of modern Southeast Asian art, housed in the former Supreme Court and City Hall buildings. Lunch is at leisure. This afternoon, board a traditional “bumboat” for a Marina Bay cruise featuring Singapore’s many architectural highlights. Then, 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. B ,D
- day 11
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17: SINGAPORE
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. B ,L
- day 12
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18: 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. B
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