Eastern Orient Express on a girder bridge, River Kwai, Thailand

The Eastern Orient Express.

Information and Photo Guide about a Railway Journey on the Eastern Orient Express travelling between Bangkok and Singapore.

One of the plus dining area on The Eastern Orient Express, Thailand.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.
Leaving Bangkok railway station on The Orient Express People living alongside the railway line in Thailand View of a girder bridge from the Orient Express Observation Car, Thailand. The Orient Express waits while passengers go up the River Kwai.
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.
The railway line no longer uses the original bridge to cross the River Kwai but the Eastern Orient Express does stop on the main-line bridge. Here it waits for a while so that travellers can have the option of taking a short cruise (well it's on a sort of barge) along the River Kwai up to the "Bridge Over the River Kway" itself and also have a look at the North Temple and the Chinese Cemetery.
Small Thai railway station A small girder bridge on the Bangkok to Singapore railway Small farm next to the railway line in Thailand. The Orient Express switches engines in Malaysia.
To give an idea of costs you could fly from say Singapore to Bangkok on a low cost flight (which is around US Dollars 150 per person one way) - treat yourself to a stay in somewhere like the Oriental Hotel for a couple of nights (this hotel is really luxurious but not remotely cheap to stay in) and then take the train on a Sunday afternoon heading off towards the River Kwai. Other stops on the train ride towards Singapore could be at the next quick stopover occurring in Kuala Lumpur and then a further stop as the train nears Penang. Once there it's possible to take a short ferry ride over to Penang itself for lunch.
Picturesque small railway station in Malaysia Beautiful Malaysian countrside seen from The Eastern Orient Express Quite empty forest and countryside in Malaysia Quiet single track railway line going throuh the Malysian rain forest.
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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