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Eastern & Oriental Express. Fables of the Peninsula.

Some people know instinctively how to live the colorful life. Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, who founded Singapore in 1819, was one of them. Fascinated by the natural history of his adopted home, the East Indies, he surrounded himself with zoologists, botanists, and specimen collectors.

     Besides the samples he sent off to England, he also reared a bear cub alongside his children. The bear regularly joined him for dinner, devouring a plateful of mangoes and downing champagne.

     We’re certain that Sir Raffles would have loved a run on the elegant Eastern & Oriental Express train. Too bad he missed the opportunity by 200 years or so.     

     You, on the other hand, are in luck.

     The people who brought you the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient Express have done it again with the Eastern & Oriental Express train, which takes you on a memorable and oh-so-stylish ride through portions of Southeast Asia. Our seven-day journey begins in Singapore and ends in Bangkok. Don't miss a second of it.

7 Days

Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand

Dates:2 October 2017

Type:Rivers & Rails



R. Crusoe features a seven-day journey aboard the Eastern & Oriental Express train which begins in Singapore and ends in Bangkok. Have a look at the journey below to see if it works for you and yours.

     For shorter journeys aboard the train, please speak to your R. Crusoe & Son travel specialist about a two-day journey between Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok (it runs in both directions throughout the year); a three-day Singapore to Bangkok journey (throughout the year); and a four-day Singapore to Bangkok New Year's Celebration, which departs on 29 December 2016 and 29 December 2017.

Please note: On this journey, R. Crusoe & Son partners with Belmond, and Crusoe travelers share the Eastern & Oriental Express with other, non-Crusoe travelers.

Fables of the Peninsula. Singapore to Bangkok Aboard the Eastern & Oriental Express. 7 Days.
Departs 2 Oct 2017.

Day 1: Singapore
Day at leisure.
Raffles Hotel.

Day 2: Malaysia    
At leisure on the train.
Aboard the Eastern & Oriental Express.

Day 3: Kuala Lumpur, Cameron Highlands
Kuala Lumpur tour options, coach to Cameron Highlands.
Cameron Highlands Resort.

Day 4: Cameron Highlands
Tour options, embark train, formal dinner.
Aboard the Eastern & Oriental Express.

Day 5: Penang Island
Penang tour options, embark train.
Aboard the Eastern & Oriental Express.

Day 6: Baan Huay Yang, Koh Chaan Island, Hat Wanakon Beach
Sightseeing, boat to seaside barbecue, return to train for farewell cocktail party and formal dinner.
Aboard the Eastern & Oriental Express.

Day 7: Bangkok, Thailand
Disembark train.

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Per person sharing cabin from $7,900.

For more information, to book, or to speak to an R. Crusoe & Son travel specialist, please call us at 800-585-8555.

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About Our Train.

After 125 years of excellent service operating the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express on the Continent, those in the front office of Belmond decided it was high time to expand into Southeast Asia. The result? The equally excellent Eastern & Oriental Express, which made its debut in 1993. Sophisticated travelers have raved ever since.

Carriages & Compartments.

An enormous amount of work went on behind the scenes to perfect the E&O and put it on the rails. The same team that had worked on the VSOE created the E&O’s rich interiors. Like the VSOE, the E&O harkens back to a grand era. Think rattan chairs on the verandah, linen suits, tea dances. A journey through time as well as territory. You get the picture.

     The train is comprised of elegant carriages (rail cars), some with private cabins and others fitted out as Restaurant Cars, an Observation Car, and a Bar Car.

     The E&O carries just 82 fortunate passengers in 41 cabins. Each has air conditioning and an en-suite bathroom.

     Choose from four cabin categories: Pullman Single, Pullman, State, and Presidential. All are fully air-conditioned with en-suite bathrooms. During the day, your cabin is a private lounge with sofa. At night, it converts into a bedroom with an upper and lower bed.

     Pullman Cabins have upper and lower berths, while State Cabins are outfitted with two single beds. All Pullman Singles have one single bed. For the ultimate high end travel experience, the Presidential Cabin offers two inviting single beds, an additional seating area, and an expanded bathroom.

     The open-sided Observation Car is quite unique—and the perfect place from which to take in the lush Southeast Asian verdant countryside, jungle terrain, ancient temples, rivers, and rice paddies. This is also the place to meet and mingle with fellow travelers. Relax and socialize to your heart’s content as we wind through Thailand and Malaysia and into Singapore.

     The Bar Car? Lovely. At the end of your day, gather as the resident pianist tickles the ivories. The bar is open through the day and into the night for cocktails, aperitifs, and liqueurs. Local entertainers perform each evening.


Meals on board the Eastern & Oriental Express are as much events as they are sustenance. The chefs are internationally renowned for their tantalizing variety of Asian and Western dishes. They use only the finest and freshest of seasonal ingredients secured along our route.

     Lunch and dinner are served in two gorgeous restaurant cars decorated with rosewood and elm paneling. The service is on a par with that of a fine restaurant. Waiters present the gourmet fare and fine wines in gleaming crystal and on fine china. Do dress for dinner—it’s a traditional part of the experience. Gentlemen typically don jackets and ties, and ladies wear the chic equivalent.

     Each morning, a breakfast of freshly baked croissants, coffee or tea, juice, and fruit is delivered to your compartment. For those wishing to rise early to take in the beautiful scenery, tea and coffee are available in the observation car from 7 a.m.

     Afternoon tea appears before you in true colonial style. Expect aromatic Earl Grey tea and sweets served in the comfort and privacy of your compartment.

     Table d’hôte meals are included in your E&O fare, while soft drinks, wines, and bar drinks are not included and are available at additional cost.

Staff (At Your Service, Madam...)

The E&O staff is there for you throughout the journey. Prepare to meet the following ever-so-helpful men and women during your journey:

     Cabin steward. The steward responsible for your carriage on the E&O is available at all times and is called by the bell in your compartment. He or she takes care of your passport during the journey, changes your cabin from its day to night configuration, and serves breakfast, afternoon tea, and other refreshments in your cabin as you require.

     Train manager. The train manager is on hand throughout the journey. He or she is there to help, should you have any questions while on board.

     Pity we don’t have the same staff at home...

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