Tailor-made Tour 7 days from £4495 per person

tour enquiry

  Places Visited: Singapore - Kuala Lumpur - Langkawi - Butterworth - Johor - Singapore

The Eastern & Oriental Express, Belmond's luxury train in Malaysia is a travelling memoir of a beguiling age. The signature cream and green exterior gives way to polished wood-panelled corridors and silken furnishings with a hint of multiple Asian designs. Once inside, take your seat at the Bar Car where a jazz-club ambience reigns with music lingering in the air, while stewards serve champagne and signature cocktails. 

The two dining cars, Adisorn and Malaya serve up exquisite cuisine reflecting the arts and culture of Asia in their design — dine within elm panels and light wood design inlays, or rosewood with decorative lacquered panels hand painted with delicate flowers.

For the best views onboard, head to the Observation Car. Located at the rear of the Eastern & Oriental Express, it’s the perfect place to sit back and relax under the moonlit sky. Panelled walls and teak floors evoke a bygone era, giving the Observation Car a certain spirit of grandeur.

This journey takes you from Singapore through Kuala Lumpur, Langkawi and Penang, offering the perfect blend of relaxation on board and inspiring exploration off the train, including snorkelling, island exploration and fascinating cultural tours.

Holiday Types

Cultural Holidays Wildlife Holidays Luxury Train Holidays Beach Holidays Adventure Holidays Family Holidays Malaysia & Borneo


Suggested itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Singapore (Own arrangements) and check in at the Fullerton Hotel. The remainder of your time in Singapore will be at leisure.

When he visited the city in 1885, the zoologist William Hornaday likened Singapore to “a big desk, full of drawers and pigeon holes, where everything has its place and can always be found.” Amazingly, in spite of the turbulent history Southeast Asia has witnessed over the past century or so, the remark remains as pertinent today as it was when it was made.

The city on the diamond-shaped peninsula is indeed supremely well-organised and spotlessly clean. Critics argue this orderliness has come at the cost of Singapore’s soul (most of downtown’s antique buildings have been bulldozed to make way for malls and offices) but the pay-offs are plain for all to see.

Chief among them is an all-pervasive prosperity that’s decidedly untypical for Asia. An ultra-modern skyline bristling with glass-sided towers bears witness to the record-breaking economic growth of the past four decades – though huddled beneath them, if you look hard enough, are characterful remnants of the colony’s 19th beginnings, including some sumptuous Chinese temples and clan halls. The shopping’s every bit as terrific as they say, too, whether you’re after a designer item of quirky souvenir from a local street stall.

Efficient and modern, but with a fascinating multi-ethnic makeup and plenty of sights to keep you busy, Singapore is the obvious choice for extended layovers on longer tours, or for a quick side-trip if you’re exploring other countries in the region.

Accommodation Options

Day 2

Full day at leisure in Singapore to explore the city at your own pace.

No trip to Singapore is complete without a Singapore Sling in Raffles. Bartender, Ngiam Tong Boon, is credited with inventing the world-famous cocktail, smooth, slow and sweet with a complex flavour which aficionados will best enjoy in Raffles’ old-world Billards Room bar.

Opened in 1887, the hotel came to epitomize the hey day of the British empire. Kipling, Conrad, Noel Coward and Günter Grass all stayed here, but the guest with whom its faded gentility became most closely associated was the writer Somerset Maugham, who famously remarked that Raffles “stood for all the fables of the exotic east”.

Accommodation Options

Day 3
Singapore - Kuala Lumpur

You will be met at your hotel and transferred to Woodlands Station to board the Belmond Eastern and Oriental train. Settle into your modern cabin and watch as the train travels through lush, green landscapes, setting the scene for your immersion into wild Malaysia. After afternoon tea, spent soaking up the vistas from your cabin, dinner and onboard entertainment await in the Dining Car.

Re-live the “golden era of travel” on the Eastern & Oriental Express as it rattles through the rainforests and paddy fields of Malaysia. You travel in opulently upholstered Pullmans that ooze retro-colonial chic, with Chinese and Thai flourishes enlivening all the wooden marquetry and panelling. Think Marlene Dietrich on the Shanghai Express, rattan chairs, and linen suits, only with Bulgari Thé Vert toiletries in the bathrooms. Highlights include cocktail hour in the Observation car and guided tours of Georgetown.

Accommodation Options

Day 4
Kuala Lumpur - Langkawi

During breakfast in the dining car, soak up vistas as the train courses past the rice paddies and timeless, rural villages of Western Malaysia. After lunch, a light at Alor Setar station for a 25-minute boat trip to Langkawi’s Pulau Payar Marine Park, renowned for its vibrant underwater life from parrot fish and angelfish to Moray, eels and grouper. You picnic here and later unwind, either over a Wellness Experience, such as a massage, meditation, or Tai Chi. Alternatively, you can try paddle boating, snorkelling, or striding off on a walk of the island. With a friendly welcome from the locals and access to a bar for cocktails and a barbecue. This is a true glimpse of paradise. We returned to the train for an evening of lively celebration with local entertainers in the Piano Bar, accompanied by a delicious dinner.

Probably Malaysia’s most famous beach destination, Langkawi is a rainforest dominated archipelago made up of 99 beautiful islands off the northwest corner of mainland Malaysia. With just 2 of those inhabited, Langkawi is a truly tropical destination.

Surrounded by the crystal clear, emerald waters of the Andaman Sea ensconced in lush green vegetation and carved in incredible limestone karsts, the island is a hotbed for nature activities with the Langkawi cable car and Sky Bridge standing out as must-see attractions. Sungai Kilim Nature Park and nearby Pulau Payar Marine Park are excellent places to explore the wondrous natural beauty of the archipelago.

Accommodation Options

Day 5
West Coast Line- Butterworth

Today, you arrive in Penang Island, a cultural melting pot, where you have a choice of excursions. Rejoin the train at Butterworth for lunch and a leisurely afternoon on board. A final celebratory evening beckons with irresistible cuisine, entertainment and company. If you are still up shortly after midnight, you glimpse Kuala Lumpur as a train passes.

The first is a discovery of the culinary art of Peranakan cooking, where you will visit a spice shop and traditional grocery stores to purchase herbs and vegetables before trying your hand at making some enticing local dishes.

The second suits those with a passion for culture and art, taking you to Georgetown Old Quarter to see a stunning Temple, a contemporary studio and an opera and puppet house.

Lastly, you can choose to explore independently. Armed with a map, a trishaw and a driver, navigate Georgetown's picturesque streets at your own pace. Your driver will take you anywhere you want to go, from grand attractions to hidden corners.

Accommodation Options

Day 6
Johor - Singapore

Enjoy breakfast in your cabin or the dining car as you travel through the southernmost state of Johor, known for its beaches and rainforest. Soon afterwards, the train crosses the strait of Singapore, where you disembark with your magical memories. You will be met at the station and transferred to your hotel for one night. The Fullerton or Similar.

Spend the rest of the day relaxing at your hotel or head out to explore more of Singapore.

Sentosa is the most accessible and visitor-friendly of the small islands scattered immediately south of Singapore. Cable cars from Mount Faber on the mainland shuttle visitors across and back to the harbour-front through the day.

Attractions on the island itself include: the fabulous Underwater World aquarium, where you can get nose-to-nose with live sharks and stingrays; the state-of-the-art Images of Singapore diorama; and Fort Siloso, showcasing the various military surrenders of World War II.

Accommodation Options

Day 7

After a leisurely breakfast, check out of your room. The remainder of the day is at leisure to connect with your programme.

Accommodation Options

Tailor-made Tour 7 days from £4495 per person

What's included

  • 6 nights accommodation, including 3 nights on board the Luxury train
  • Dedicated 24-hour steward service
  • Full board meal plan onboard the train -including:
    • Four-course dinner
    • Three-course lunches 
    • Complimentary House wines, spirits and beer.
    • Afternoon tea, including sandwiches, cakes and pastries
    • Continental breakfast
  • Local excursions into Georgetown and Penang
  • Meal Plan Singapore:Bed and Breakfast

Similar Tours



Plan your Next Adventure

With the Summer almost upon us, now is the time to begin planning your next summer adventures in Asia. Our Travel Specialists are ready to take your call and discuss the adventure you have been dreaming of.

Make an enquiry

Or call us on 0208 566 3739

TransIndus Brochures 2024-25

Order Brochures