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Santhiya Koh Yao Yai

Eastern & Oriental Express: Thai Island Escape

14-day luxury rail journey from £4,825 pp


Short description

Iconic cities and an island escape joined together by the best of luxury rail in Asia


  • Explore the bustle of Singapore and Bangkok at either end of your luxury rail journey
  • Experience a golden age of travel on the Eastern & Oriental Express
  • Choose from a host of included off-train excursions
  • Finish your trip among white sand beaches and a turquoise sea in idyllic Koh Yao Yai
  • Snorkel, kayak or simply sunbathe on one of Thailand's most beautiful islands

In Brief

  • 2 Nights Singapore
  • 2 Nights Eastern & Oriental Express
  • 2 Nights Bangkok
  • 5 Nights Koh Yao Yai


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Rail journey

This tailor-made itinerary brings together cosmopolitan cities and white sand beaches as you travel across Asia on the Eastern & Oriental Express. You'll explore the colonial history and slick modernity of Singapore, before boarding your luxury train for a journey of vintage excess through rural Malaysia into Thailand. Vibrant Bangkok is yours to explore, from where you'll transfer to Phuket and take a speedboat to your final destination, Koh Yao Yai. This little island is a slice of paradise, and you'll have five days to soak up the sun and sea, in between spa treatments and rejuvenating swims in your private pool.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
Depart UK

Start your journey with VIP lounge access at the airport before boarding your overnight flight to Singapore.

Days 2-3

You'll check into the magnificent Fullerton Hotel, an icon of colonial style and perfectly located with views over the Singapore River or Marina Bay. You have two days to explore this unique city, which brings old and new together in everything from its food to its architecture. Take a stroll through the lush Gardens by the Bay, or the perfectly manicured Botanic Gardens - the only tropical gardens listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Or, head to Orchard Road for some world-class shopping, followed by a visit to one of the many traditional hawker centres in the city for some authentic local cuisine.

Stay: Fullerton Hotel, Singapore (Deluxe)

Meals: B

Day 4
Eastern & Oriental Express

After a private transfer, you'll board the Eastern & Oriental Express and settle into your private cabin. Surrounded by rich wood panelling and plush furnishings, you'll be transported to a golden era of travel as you speed through southern Malaysia and across the Strait of Johor. This evening, enjoy a sumptuous four course dinner featuring a range of Western and local dishes, before a nightcap in the bar car accompanied by live jazz.

Stay: Eastern & Oriental Express (Deluxe)

Meals: B D

Day 5
Kuala Kangsar

Start your morning with breakfast in your cabin as you continue to your first stop in Kuala Kangsar. After a warm welcome ceremony in a local rural village, you'll have a choice of included excursions to choose from. If you're keen for adventure, a guided hike among the countryside culminates in scenic hilltop views, while those who want to know more about the local agriculture can take a tour of the rice paddies and sample fresh produce. On your return to the train, freshen up for your final dinner onboard, and make a stop in the observation car as you head through the jungle.

Stay: Eastern & Oriental Express (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 6
River Kwai & Bangkok

This morning as you enjoy another delicious breakfast, you'll arrive into Kanchanburi, famous for the River Kwai Bridge and the Thai-Burma Rail Museum. You'll have the option to take an included tour of both of these highlights, or you might prefer to immerse yourself in rural Thailand with a bike trip through the rice fields and a trip to a local farm. Foodies can opt for a tour of the wet market and noodle house followed by a traditional cooking class aboard a raft river cruise. You'll rejoin the train for a multi-course lunch before your arrival into Bangkok, where you'll farewell the Eastern & Oriental Express and transfer to your luxury hotel.

Stay: The Sukhothai, Bangkok, Thailand (Deluxe)

Meals: B L

Day 7

As you've got two nights to spend in Bangkok, you'll have plenty of time to explore Thailand's buzzing capital. From the energetic nightlife of the city centre to the tranquility of your hotel, there's something here for everyone. Walk around and you'll observe gleaming temples and busy streets, while a traditional tuk tuk ride is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of it all. Food is another highlight, whether you dine at one of the world-class restaurants or sample delicious street food from a local vendor. At the end of a busy day, return to your hotel for a relaxing spa session or a swim in the pool.

Stay: The Sukhothai, Bangkok, Thailand (Deluxe)

Meals: B

Days 8-12
Koh Yao Yai

After private transfers and a flight to Phuket, you'll be whisked away by speedboat to the idyllic island setting of Koh Yao Yai in the Andaman Sea. Your villa features a private pool terrace and exquisite hand-crafted details for an authentic Thai experience. Your time here is entirely your own; spend your days sunbathing at the beach with cocktail in hand, or take advantage of the many complimentary activities on offer, from paddle-boarding and kayaking to dance lessons and yoga. If you love to explore, head out on a day trip to one of the nearby villages or on a snorkelling excursion to make the most of the crystal-clear waters.

Stay: Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa (Superior)

Meals: B

Days 13-14
Return to the UK

You'll return by speedboat to the mainland before transferring to the airport for your overnight return journey.



Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Deluxe

14-day luxury rail journey
from £4,825 pp

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