• Travel in unmatched style aboard one of the world's most luxurious trains
  • Discover the cultural and culinary delights of Singapore
  • Relax onboard with sumptuous dining and five-star service
  • Experience the varied wildlife of Taman Negara National Park
  • Explore historic Penang, showcased in cookery classes and old town tours

Part of a new collection of journeys for 2024, this is your chance to experience Southeast Asia’s most luxurious train on an unforgettable holiday. It all begins amid the sky-scraping modernity and colonial heritage of Singapore, where your luxury hotel pairs neoclassical design with the likes of spa treatments and a riverside infinity pool. Then, after making your introductions on an included city tour, you’ll board the Eastern & Oriental Express for a three-day journey north, skirting verdant rainforests, vibrant cities and a glorious coastline before boarding the train again for an indulgent final journey back to Singapore.

Day 1

UK to Singapore

With included UK airport lounge access, you’ll enjoy a relaxing start to your holiday before your overnight flight to the island city of Singapore.

Days 2 – 3

Singapore: sights, sounds & incense

Arriving into Singapore, you’ll be met for a private transfer to your hotel – the iconic Fullerton. A grand city landmark, this neoclassical icon will offer a poignant introduction to a city where old and modern live harmoniously side by side. Indeed, while you’ll be struck by the imposing façade and heritage accommodation, you’ll also be treated to everything from an opulent spa to a gorgeous infinity pool.

The next day, you’ll head out to explore on a guided city tour, contrasting the vibrant neighbourhoods of Chinatown and Little India with such cutting-edge wonders as the Supertrees in the Garden by the Bay. Be sure not to miss out on one of the city’s famed hawker markets for an unmatched introduction to Singaporean cuisine.

Breakfast included

The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore

The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore

Aerial view of Singapore at sunset, with Gardens by the Bay and the city skyline in the background

The Singapore skyline

Day 4

Eastern & Oriental Express to Gemas

Today, a private transfer will see you to Singapore’s Woodlands Station where you’ll board the famous green and cream carriages of the Eastern & Oriental Express – one of the world’s most elegant trains. Indeed, between its Cherrywood-panelled corridors, Malaysian embroidery, the atmospheric bar car and the fine marquetry of its restaurant carriage, it’s the ultimate way to explore in style.

Settle into your air-conditioned cabin. As the train travels through lush, green landscapes, it sets the scene for your immersion into wild Malaysia. Weave through tangled jungle, rubber and palm plantations, soaking up the vistas as your steward serves a healthy afternoon tea in your cabin. Soon, evening falls and it’s time to dress for dinner in the Dining Car. Indulge in sustainable specialities enhanced with herbs and plants sourced from remote regions. Afterwards, enjoy engaging onboard entertainment with a nightcap.

Eastern & Oriental Express

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Champagne in cabin aboard the Eastern & Oriental Express

Eastern & Oriental Express

Eastern & Oriental Express travelling through the jungles of Malaysia

Eastern & Oriental Express

Day 5

Taman Negara - Kuala Lumpur

After breakfast in your cabin, admire the views of the Jungle Line as the train courses through some of the wildest parts of Malaysia. Following lunch on board, you'll arrive at Merapoh station where you'll disembark for a truly extraordinary experience. Conservation is at the heart of the Eastern & Oriental Express philosophy and the Malayan tiger is the national animal of Malaysia, emblazoned on both the coat of arms and the train’s emblem.

As part of Eastern & Oriental's ongoing partnership with Save Wild Tigers, you're invited to discover the “tiger territory” of Taman Negara National Park, meeting local villagers and organisations who are working on the ground to protect this noble, critically endangered wild cat and its habitat. Taman Negara was formed 130 million years ago, making it one of the oldest tropical rainforests in the world. The dense jungle, wide rivers and lush mountains are home to wildlife ranging from water buffalo to macaques, tapirs to hornbills – a true explorer’s paradise. Returning to the train, a lively evening with local entertainment awaits in the Piano Bar Car, preceded by a delicious dinner.

Eastern & Oriental Express

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Taman Nagara National Park, Malaysia

Taman Nagara National Park, Malaysia

Malaysian tiger crossing a shallow river in Taman Nagara National Park

Malaysian tiger in Taman Nagara National Park

View across a canopy walkway bridge with dense jungle canopy on either side in Taman Nagara National Park, Malaysia

Canopy walkway in Taman Nagara National Park

Day 6

West coast to Penang

Enjoy breakfast and lunch on board, before alighting for the crossing to Penang Island. Here, you'll be treated to a choice of excursions designed to showcase Malaysia’s cultural melting pot. Art lovers can explore Georgetown Old Quarter with a guide, delving into temples, a contemporary studio and an opera and puppet house. Foodies can embark on a discovery of Peranakan cooking, purchasing specialities from spice and grocery stores before mastering delicious local dishes in a cookery class. Or, for those who prefer to explore independently, there's the chance to hop on a tri-shaw, complete with driver and a map, to wind through Georgetown’s historic streets and visit its attractions at your whim. Rejoin the train at Butterworth for a convivial final evening on board with sublime cuisine and fabulous entertainment.

Eastern & Oriental Express

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Cycle Rickshaw against a blue wall in Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia

Cycle Rickshaw, Penang

View. of sandy beach and palm tree with sea beyond on the island of Penang, Malaysia

Penang, Malaysia

Day 7

Farewells in 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 to Singapore, where you disembark and take a private transfer to the Fullerton Hotel for a final night before your flight home.

Breakfast included

View of the outdoor pool and pillared facade of The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, Singapore

The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore

Nam Seng wanton noodles, Singapore

Nam Seng wanton noodles, Singapore

Days 8 – 9

Singapore to UK

After a leisurely breakfast and, depending on your flight time, a last chance to explore, a private transfer will see you to the airport in time for your overnight flight home.

Breakfast included

About the itinerary

"For me, this itinerary is the ultimate way to experience Southeast Asia as you pair the region's rich cultural heritage and spectacular natural world with the unmatched glamour of one of the world's great rail journeys. To make the most of your time away, I've also included luxury stays in one of Singapore's finest hotels, at the start and end of your trip."

Andy Austen

Destination Specialist

Pricing information

Guide price from £4,960 pp incl. flights

Low Season from: £4,960 pp
High Season from: £5,040 pp

The Eastern & Oriental Express Wild Malaysia route operates 04 Mar - 28 Oct 2024 departing Singapore on Mondays

An alternative route will operate in Feb and Nov 2024 on the west coast of Malaysia


  • Complimentary access to UK departure lounge access
  • Return flights between UK and Singapore
  • Private arrival transfer from airport to hotel
  • 2 nights pre-accommodation in 5* hotel in Singapore on a BB basis
  • Private departure transfer from hotel to check-in at Raffles
  • Eastern & Oriental transfer from Raffles to Woodlands station
  • Eastern & Oriental Express including selected meals prepared by on-board chefs in a Pullman Cabin
  • Taman Negara National Park tiger conservation excursion 
  • Choice of excursions in Georgetown
  • Private arrival transfer from station to hotel 
  • 1 night post-accommodation in 5* hotel in Singapore on a BB basis

Upgrades to State Cabins and Presidential Cabins available on request - please ask your specialist for assistance