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Franchise(s)Railtour operator
Fleet size31 rail carriages
Parent companyBelmond
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Websitewww.belmond.com
A Bangkok-bound Eastern & Oriental Express train at the old Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, Malaysia.
A Bangkok-bound Eastern & Oriental Express train at the old Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, Malaysia.
Eastern & Oriental Express train arriving at Woodlands Train Checkpoint, Singapore.
Eastern & Oriental Express train arriving at Woodlands Train Checkpoint, Singapore.

The Eastern & Oriental Express is a luxury train that carries passengers between Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand.[1]

It runs between Singapore's Woodlands Train Checkpoint and Bangkok, stopping at Kuala Lumpur, Butterworth, and Kanchanaburi, taking 4 days (3 nights).[1] Since 2007 the train has also travelled between Bangkok and Vientiane, the capital city of Laos.

The train is operated by Belmond Limited. It runs approximately 32 trips that either embark upon or disembark from Bangkok yearly, between the months of September and April, only four are hosted by famous guest chefs such as Ian Kittichai.[1]

Fares on the Bangkok to Singapore train in September 2022 (four days, three nights) start at US$2,948.[2] All meals were included in the travelling fare but alcoholic drinks cost extra.[1]

Rolling stock

The train was built by Hitachi and Nippon Sharyo in Japan in 1972 and operated as the Silver Star in New Zealand. All 31 carriages were later operated by Orient-Express Hotels, which in 2014 changed its name to Belmond Limited. Twenty-four carriages were regauged from New Zealand's 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) gauge to 1,000 mm gauge for Thai and Malaysian railway lines by A & G Price of Thames, New Zealand. An extensive internal rebuild and fit-out plus exterior painting and badging was undertaken by the new owners at their (then) newly constructed maintenance depot on KTMB land in Singapore's Keppel Road rail yards. The design of the remodelling was by Gérard Gallet, the man behind much of the design and refurbishment of other Belmond products such as the Belmond British Pullman and the Venice-Simplon Orient Express.

The train consists following carriages, from which only a maximum of 21 are operated at once:

The train is fully air-conditioned, and each compartment has an en-suite bathroom with shower and WC.[1] Haulage is provided by common SRT and KTM diesel engines.

The layout of many carriages and the comfort classes were also used for the designing of the Great South Pacific Express (now to be used as Belmond Andean Explorer).

Train schedule

The Eastern and Oriental Express operates nine routes. In 2010, it began new all-inclusive tour programs of six nights. For example, Epic Thailand starts and ends in Bangkok, and visits a number of villages, temples, and Chiang Mai before returning to Bangkok.

The busiest route is Singapore–Bangkok:

Day Location Arrive Depart
Thursday Singapore Woodlands Train Checkpoint - 11:20
Thursday Kuala Lumpur 19:45 20:30
Friday Butterworth (for Penang - guided tour of George Town) 08:30 11:00
Saturday Kanchanaburi (Guided tour of River Kwai) 08:45 11:25
Saturday Bangkok 14:45 -

References

  1. ^ a b c d e Sriangura, Vanniya (23 February 2018). "Low-speed luxury". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 23 April 2021.
  2. ^ "BANGKOK-SINGAPORE". Belmond. Retrieved 6 July 2022.