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The Eastern and Oriental Express with Cambodia

  • Overview
  • Accommodation
  • Itinerary
  • Fares

A journey overview

  • Singapore
  • Eastern & Oriental Express
  • River Kwai
  • Bangkok
  • Siem Reap
  • Battambang
  • Phnom Penh

12 Days Explorations
  • Departing:
  • 9 Nov 2021

The scales are perfectly balanced between luxury and authenticity on this journey through South East Asia. We climb aboard the stylish Eastern & Oriental Express in Singapore and let the iron tracks carry us along the Malaysian Peninsula. We find ourselves in Cambodia, gateway to the gods. Where temples are slowly swallowed by jungle and floating villages invite us to explore. This journey is reserved for just 24 guests.

Land Only map The Eastern and Oriental Express with Cambodia

In Singapore, the steamy air enfolds us. From Chinatown to Little India, we track down ethnic enclaves across the city. Wander the old-world charm of the Peranakan houses at Emerald Hill before we begin our much-anticipated rail journey. First stop is Kuala Kangsar, where two Your World experiences are available. Perhaps experience traditional way of life at a Malay village, or join a trek to nearby rubber, banana and durian plantations.

Our train glides to a stop close to the famous River Kwai. Here, we choose to cycle through the rice fields, embark on a cruise along the river, join a floating cooking class, or visit Don Rak and Chong Kai war cemeteries. We disembark our train in Bangkok and spend the night. Onwards, we fly to Siem Reap and find ourselves drifting along the moat at Angkor Wat in a traditional Khmer gondola at sunset, stopping to walk to Prasat Churung temple.

As gateway to the ancient world, we have a plethora of temples and old walled cities at our doorstep. Perhaps meet artisans at the forefront of ethical art and sustainable fashion while accompanied by an art curator. Or, travel by Jeep through the countryside. We visit a local well and talk with the family about how it’s served them. Celebrate Khmer cuisine by riding a tuk tuk across the city, sampling classic Cambodian dishes by renowned chefs.

The floating village of Mechrey is a window into another way of life. We see schools, restaurants, homes, even a souvenir shop bobbing on the water’s surface. Skirting across the great Tonle Sap by boat, we arrive at Prek Toal, a sanctuary for birds. We continue onwards to Battambang, where just outside the city are hilltop temples, Buddhist shrines and the classic bamboo railway. We enjoy a night of performance art at Phare, The Cambodian Circus.

In Phnom Penh, we recall one of the darkest periods of the 20th century at the Killing Fields, Tuol Sleng Museum and S-21. Accompanied by a Khmer Rouge survivor, we hear a firsthand account of the events. The remainder of our time in Cambodia’s capital is spent enjoying this vibrant city. We explore the Central Market, the Royal Palace, and the National Museum. Celebrate a journey well spent with farewell cocktails at our hotel’s Elephant Bar.

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We have a plethora of wilderness-inspired activities to choose from during our stay. For the adventurous at heart, zip-lining across waterfalls, hiking, and kayaking are on the menu. For nature lovers, join rangers on the anti-poaching patrol through the Cardamom Forest, look out for over 450 species of rainbow-bright birds on a birdwatching spree, and go foraging with a resident chef for traditional herbs and mushrooms to be used in our meals.

There’s still plenty of time to partake in the many experiences on offer here. Perhaps request that your adventure butler set up a waterfall picnic. Or sneak away to go swimming in the clear waters of the cistern. Relax aboard a traditional Cambodian boat as you sail along the backwaters of the estuary. Or learn Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement. The time comes to drag ourselves away from this wild paradise and return to Phnom Penh.