THE EASTERN AND ORIENT EXPRESS
The world-famous Orient Express, renowned for its opulence and quality of service in Europe, has its counterpart in Asia – The Eastern and Oriental Express(E&O). Offering comparable elegance, delicious cuisine and impeccable service the E&O provides a year-round service linking Singapore, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, and Bangkok in Thailand. The 2,030 Km journey takes three days and two nights.
Until 1991, Malaysia and Thailand operated separate railway systems which necessitated a change of trains in Penang in order to travel onwards to Bangkok. The 1991 agreement allowed a luxury train to travel between Singapore and Thailand commencing with the inaugural run in 1993.
The current E&O was built in Japan in 1972 and commenced life in New Zealand as that country’s “Silver Train.”The rolling stock was remodelled and refurbished by Gerard Gallet, the designer of both the original Orient Express and the British Pullmans. The internal decor is based on Chinese, Thai and Malaysian materials and motifs with the whole atmosphere reminiscent of Colonial days. The train accommodates 132 passengers in 66 cabins with 24 hour room service.
The E&O offers three choices of beautifully appointed compartments, each with picture windows, air-conditioning, en-suite shower and 24 hour steward service.
The Presidential Suites (`11.6 sq metres) are styled as private lounges during the day and the seating converts to two single beds at night. The suite has en-suite facilities and its own complimentary bar. The State Cabins are very similar and slightly smaller at 7.8 sq Metres. The E&O also has 36 Pullmman Superior cabins with seating converting to upper and lower bunks at night. All are non-smoking.
Lunch and dinner are served in the two restaurant cars with Eastern and European dishes prepared by internationally-renowned chefs. Each morning breakfast is served in your compartment, with afternoon tea in colonial style also being brought to your cabin. Tea and coffee is available throughout the day in the Observation Car. All meals are included in the fare.
The Observation Car is located at the rear of the train with teak wood flooring, rattan furniture and an open area perfect for photography. At the end of the day you can relax in the Bar Car with its resident pianist and local entertainment. A must is the delicious cocktail – The Shanghai Express. For those who may experience retail therapy withdrawal (shopping) there is an on-board Boutique in the Saloon Car, where you can purchase mementos, exclusive to the E&O. Finally, there is a reading room with a varied library.
Luggage is limited to 30Kg except for Presidential Suite passengers. “Through” luggage will not be accessible until the final destination. There is limited storage for “Compartment and Hand” luggage in the cabin.
Visas for visits of less than 30 days are not required for Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, except for citizens of certain Middle Eastern, African or South American countries.
As with all holidays abroad Health Insurance is advisable.
Children under 11 years receive a 20% discount. Children under 2 years travel free.
Regrettably, the dimensions and layout of the train are not suitable for persons requiring a wheelchair.
On the Eastern and Orient Express all prices are quoted in US dollars. Other major currencies can be exchanged on board. Major credit cards are also accepted but not personal cheques.
The Eastern and Orient Express with its comfort, elegance, cuisine and service provides a unforgettable journey through this wonderful region and ranks as one of the great railway journeys of the world.