The Eastern Orient Express.
Information and Photo Guide about a Railway Journey on the Eastern Orient Express travelling between Bangkok and Singapore.
Below is some travel information and also a series of photographs which were taken on the luxurious Eastern Orient Express railway during it's long journey
from Bangkok in Thailand via Penang in Malaysia and into Singapore.
The Eastern and Orient Express makes the 1260 mile trip from Bangkok down through Malaysia to Singapore 2 to 3 times a month - the train gives you the height of luxury with beautiful accommodation and an excellent observation area at the end of the train where there is also a bar. In the middle of the train you will also find a proper old-fashioned piano bar.
Each of the train's rooms (cabins) has it's own bathroom with shower and each of the carriages has a 24 hour personal attendant - the staff on the train are amazing and will do all they can to make your trip really enjoyable.
You are expected to dress quite formally for dinner - i.e. suit and tie for men and women in evening dress and so on - really sort of James Bond style - the restaurant is silver service. The costs for drinks on board
the train are surprisingly inexpensive and you can have any combination of drink you might think of.
The train journey starts off in the evening from Hualampong railway station and gets you into Singapore on the morning of the fourth travelling day i.e. you have two complete days on the train plus bits.
One particular place of interest is of course when the Orient Express reaches the River Kwai a few hours outside of Bangkok. The steel Girder Bridge is located near Kanchanaburi in Thailand and straddles the River Kwai (Khwai Yai) and was part of the Burma-Siam railway. There were originally two bridges at the crossing - one made of wood and another of steel. These were constructed
during the 2nd World War by forced labour - many Australian, British and Dutch prisoners of war who had been captured by the Japanese as well as thousands of civilians died during the construction of the railway. Both bridges were subsequently destroyed two years later however the steel version was repaired and is still in use today.
From Penang the journey continues on into Singapore arriving Wednesday morning. There are various options on accommodation on the train i.e. class of cabin but the sort of price for the train part of the trip is around UK Pounds 1900 per person. This luxurious train journey therefore is quite expensive
however could easily be considered well worth the money since it is one of those "trips of a lifetime".
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