Malaysia Eastern & Oriental Express Rail Journey with Vietnam Tour

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Holiday Overview

  • Ship Eastern & Oriental Express
  • Duration 17 NIGHTS
  • Departure 03 November 2024
  • Cruise type Rail Journeys
  • Cruise code ASA2243

Three-night all-inclusive rail journey included

Save up to $1,000 per couple*

Delve into Southeast Asia with a luxurious Eastern & Oriental rail journey paired with immersive tours and hotel stays in Cambodia and Vietnam.

Embark on a luxurious holiday starting with two nights in Singapore, followed by an extravagant journey on board the Eastern & Oriental Express, where you’ll uncover the treasures of Malaysia. Indulge in exquisite dining, breathtaking views, captivating excursions, and a lavish on-board atmosphere.

After returning to Singapore for a night, immerse yourself in the charm of Hanoi for three nights. Experience the wonders of an unforgettable overnight Junk Cruise in Hạ Long Bay, followed by stays in Huế and Hội An, and a mesmerising rail journey through the scenic Hải Vân Pass. Conclude your magical holiday with two nights in Ho Chi Minh City, including a tour of the remarkable Cù Chi Tunnels.

Your Imagine Holiday Includes

Full-Board Cruise

1 night full-board luxury cruise on board the Indochine Junk Boat visiting Lan Ha Bay, Hạ Long Bay

Explore the Ao Ech area

Tai Chi class on board

Cooking demonstration

Rail Journeys

3 night all-inclusive rail journey on board the Eastern & Oriental Express in a Pullman Cabin

Scenic rail journey from Da Nang to Hội An via the scenic Hải Vân Pass

Fully Escorted Tours

Hanoi city tour featuring Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Duong Lam Ancient Village and Thay Pagoda

Huế city tour

Hội An city tour with Bánh xèo cooking demonstration and tasting

Củ Chi Tunnels

Hotel Stays

2 night five-star stay at the Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore

3 night four-star stay at the Hanoi Tokyo Hotel

2 night five-star hotel stay in Huế at the Pilgrimage Village boutique resort & spa

3 night four-star stay at the Hội An Central Boutique Hotel & Spa

2 night five-star stay in Ho Chi Minh City at the Grand Hotel Saigon

All hotel stays include breakfast

All Flights, Taxes and Transfers

Overnight flight

The arrival date is subject to change based on flight times specified during the booking process.
*Prices shown include discount and savings based on two passengers sharing, booking directly with Imagine Holidays.
Named hotels are based on availability and are subject to change without notice. Alternative hotels will always be of equal or higher star rating.

Your Voyage

Your Itinerary

Day 1
Singapore: Hotel Stay

Arrive in Singapore to embrace the city-state’s captivating blend of modernity and tradition. Explore its stunning architecture, diverse cuisine, lush gardens, and cultural gems that make it a must-visit destination for travellers.

Overnight: Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore

Day 2
Singapore: Board the Eastern & Oriental Express

The Eastern & Oriental Express is a luxurious train journey that traverses the enchanting landscapes of Southeast Asia. With its elegant carriages and impeccable service, it offers a truly unforgettable rail experience.

Meals Included: All-Inclusive Board Basis

Overnight: Eastern & Oriental Express

Day 3
Kuala Lumpur

Enjoy breakfast in the dining car as you travel through the rural villages of western Malaysia. Step off the train for a 25-minute boat trip to Langkawi’s Pulau Payar Marine Park, where you’ll enjoy a luxury picnic.

Meals Included: All-Inclusive Board Basis

Overnight: Eastern & Oriental Express

Day 4
Penang

Today your train crosses into Penang Island, a cultural melting pot renowned for its colonial architecture and delicious street-food culture. Explore independently or join a tri-shaw tour to navigate picturesque Georgetown.

Meals Included: All-Inclusive Board Basis

Overnight: Eastern & Oriental Express

Day 5
Singapore: Alight the Eastern & Oriental Express

Today you’ll travel through Malaysia’s southernmost state, Johor, enjoying breakfast in your cabin or the dining car as you make your way back to Singapore. Here you’ll disembark and check in for another hotel night.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Overnight: Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore

Day 6
Hanoi: Hotel Stay

Transferring from the airport to the elegant Le Jardin Hotel Haute Couture, you’ll begin a three-night stay in Vietnam’s charming capital city. Explore the vibrant street markets, sip Vietnamese coffee, and savour local dishes like pho.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Overnight: Le Jardin Hotel Haute Couture

Day 7
Hanoi: Tour & Hotel Stay

Following a leisurely breakfast at your hotel, today you’ll experience a fascinating tour of Hanoi, a city that remains a symbolic representation of Vietnam’s resilience and cultural heritage, reflected in its ancient temples, colonial architecture, and vibrant streets.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Overnight: Le Jardin Hotel Haute Couture

Day 8
Hanoi: Tour & Hotel Stay

Visit quaint Duong Lam. Here, you’ll stop by the Mia pagoda where you’ll find fascinating golden statues and intricate stone carvings. Thầy Temple then awaits. Known as the ‘Temple of Heavenly Blessings’, this 11th-century spectacle is Vietnam’s oldest Buddhist temple.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Overnight: Le Jardin Hotel Haute Couture

Day 9
Tuan Chau: Embark Ship

This morning, you’ll embark on your cruise in Lan Ha Bay, within the revered UNESCO Hạ Long Bay. This world-famous bay is home to one of the most beautiful landscapes in Vietnam.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Indochine Cruise

Day 10
Huế

Arriving in Huế, you’ll check into your hotel before enjoying an afternoon at leisure. You could seek out the magnificent Perfume River, a tranquil and picturesque river on a clear day and an intriguing, atmospheric sight in sullen weather.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Overnight: Pilgrimage Village boutique resort & spa

Day 11
Huế: Tour & Hotel Stay

This morning, you’ll start your guided tour with a visit to the Imperial Citadel and its gardens. Come afternoon, discover Tu Duc Mausoleum, a model of traditional Vietnamese art before exploring Từ Hiếu Pagoda.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Overnight: Pilgrimage Village boutique resort & spa

Day 12
Hội An: Tour & Hotel Stay

Leaving from Huế, today you’ll take a mesmerising, two-hour rail journey to Da Nang, crossing the incredible Hải Vân Pass to savour some of the most beautiful panoramas in Vietnam. You’ll then transfer to Hội An to begin a three-night hotel stay.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Overnight: Hội An Central Boutique Hotel & Spa

Days 13 - 14
Hội An: Tour & Hotel Stay

Revel in a full-day deep-dive into Vietnam’s food culture. Meander down narrow lanes framed by old houses and stop for tantalising delicacies. During a day at leisure, visit the Japanese Bridge and Tan Ky Trading House.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Overnight: Hội An Central Boutique Hotel & Spa

Day 15
Ho Chi Minh City: Hotel Stay

Your adventure continues with a two-night hotel stay in Ho Chi Minh City. Wander down Le Duan Boulevard towards Reunification Palace; stroll through colourful Chợ Lớn or visit Nghia An Hoi Quan Pagoda, known for its detailed interiors.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Overnight: Grand Hotel Saigon

Day 16
Ho Chi Minh City: Tour & Hotel Stay

Discover hidden trapdoors, secret kitchens, and compact living areas all beneath the jungle floor. At the end of your tour, you’ll have the chance to taste a culinary specialty, eaten daily during the war.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Overnight: Grand Hotel Saigon

Days 17 - 18
Ho Chi Minh City: Fly Home

Your holiday complete, today you’ll head to the airport for your flight home.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Your Tour Highlights

Indochine Junk Boat Cruise
There is no better way to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Hạ Long Bay than with a luxurious overnight Indochine Junk Boat Cruise, one of the newest and largest cruises in this area. On board, you’ll savour beautiful Vietnamese landscapes brimming with giant rock islets overlooking the waters.
Hải Vân Pass Scenic Rail Journey
Affording magnificent panoramas, the Hải Vân Pass takes you through the Trường Sơn which separates Central Vietnam from Northern Vietnam. Here you’ll marvel at fantastic views of sweeping coastline, dramatic drops, mountains and secluded canopied areas.
Củ Chi Tunnels
Renowned as one of the most spectacular tunnels in the world, you’ll delight in a fascinating tour of the Cù Chi Tunnels. Legendary for its tunnels system of over 200km long, complete with several stories, consisting of innumerable trap doors, living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, a command centre, and kitchens.
Indochine Junk Boat Cruise
There is no better way to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Hạ Long Bay than with a luxurious overnight Indochine Junk Boat Cruise, one of the newest and largest cruises in this area. On board, you’ll savour beautiful Vietnamese landscapes brimming with giant rock islets overlooking the waters.
Hải Vân Pass Scenic Rail Journey
Affording magnificent panoramas, the Hải Vân Pass takes you through the Trường Sơn which separates Central Vietnam from Northern Vietnam. Here you’ll marvel at fantastic views of sweeping coastline, dramatic drops, mountains and secluded canopied areas.
Củ Chi Tunnels
Renowned as one of the most spectacular tunnels in the world, you’ll delight in a fascinating tour of the Cù Chi Tunnels. Legendary for its tunnels system of over 200km long, complete with several stories, consisting of innumerable trap doors, living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, a command centre, and kitchens.

Eastern & Oriental Express

The Eastern & Oriental Express is more than a voyage, it is a memoir of a forgotten era of travel, the so-called Golden Age when riding the rails was a passage of elegance, meeting eccentric characters en route. Today, the green livery of the train gives way to beautifully restored cabins appointed with glossy wood panelling, silk furnishings and stunning restaurant cars, where perfectly plated meals are served on white tablecloths.  

The train has been making history since its inaugural journey in September 1993, which travelled from Bangkok to Singapore. Japanese carriages have been transformed in Singapore to the beautiful cars that you see today; it’s the perfect way to experience the dynamic cities, sleepy villages, and lush paddies, and towering mountains of Southeast Asia.  

Life on board Eastern & Oriental Express

Carriages

The train’s handsome green and gold livery adorns its stunning carriages, each one bearing the iconic insignia of the Eastern & Oriental Express. On board, the interiors are straight out of a 1930s film – the Shanghai Express, perhaps – with cherry and elm wood panelling, opulent silks, and Malaysian embroidery.  

Observation Car 

The highlight is certainly the magnificent open-sided observation car, where you can stand outside and enjoy the refreshing breeze as you look out over tropical forests and tea plantations – though it’s worth noting the whole train is air conditioned, so you can seek respite from the sultry jungle air. 

Dining Car 

You will dine in one of two restaurant cars. Each beautifully appointed in floral décor reminiscent of the region’s colourful landscapes, elm panels, rosewood inlays and lacquered panels hand-painted with delicate blooms. In typical Belmond style, the tables are dressed in European cutlery and hand-cut glass crystal, enhanced further by silk wall coverings and comfortable upholstered armchairs, perfect for sitting back and enjoying delectable multi-course dinners. Indulge in sumptuous Malaysian cuisine from the comfort of our dining carriages, courtesy of star chef Andre Chiang. 

Piano Bar 

There’s also an attractive restaurant car and piano bar, serving signature cocktails inspired by cities and landscapes that the train passes through – perhaps a fruity Singapore Sling, or a warming Royal Nightcap before bed? 

Food

The menus on board take inspiration from the royal palaces, tea plantations and coastal villages that the journey visits – perhaps pan-fried scallops, or Nyonya curry – and many journeys feature special treats from famous chefs: sample dishes from renowned Thai chef Ian Kittichai, join Luke Mangan on a tour of Singapore’s exotic food markets, take a lesson in chocolate painting with pastry chef Janice Wong, or sample a special dinner created by the ‘sultan of spice’, Didier Corlou.

Service

Traditional Belmond service – that is, the most luxurious trains in the world – marries with the genteel hospitality of the Far East on these journeys. Slip down a few gears and enjoy a journey back in time, to the Colonial era of Singapore Sling cocktails and high tea accompanied by the strains of a tinkling piano. Every beautifully attired steward on board is committed to ensuring that you make the most of the experience, with expertly made cocktails just the way they should be, foot massages when you’re weary from sightseeing, and insights about the fascinating locomotive and your epic voyage.

Off-Train Excursions

Enrich your adventure with a series of off-train excursions and activities. Whether you’re enjoying close encounters with the endangered Malayan Tiger, sampling authentic culinary delights or spending time with the locals of traditional villages, you’re journey promises memories that you will last a lifetime. 

  • Save Wild Tigers 
  • Enjoy a Peranakan Cooking Class 
  • Discover Georgetown’s UNESCO Old Quarter 
  • Savour a private snorkelling experience 

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Cabins & Suites

Belmond trains are as luxurious as their fleet of five-star hotels, with elegant accommodation fitted with all the modern comforts you need to enjoy your stay on board. All of the cabins are blissfully air conditioned, so you can be sure of a cool night’s sleep even when the balmy outside temperature is climbing.

Pullman Cabin Prices from $9,999pp

Step into a haven of timeless allure as you enter the twin bed configuration of the Pullman Cabins. Sink into sumptuous seating during the day, basking in the abundance of natural light streaming through two expansive windows. As the stars illuminate the night sky, indulge in the snug embrace of upper and lower berths adorned with pristine linens, creating a cosy retreat that enchants and captivates. 

  • Air-conditioning 
  • En suite shower rooms with WC 
  • Personal safe 
  • Hairdryer 
  • Luxury toiletries 
  • 24-hour onboard service 
  • Entertainment on demand 
Cruise Code: ASA2243
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State Cabin Prices from $12,499pp

Immerse yourself in the bright and spacious ambiance of the Eastern & Oriental Express’ State Cabins, seamlessly connecting you to the ever-changing landscapes beyond. During the day, luxuriate in ample elegance, and as the day’s adventures unfold, raise a nightcap before retiring to the comfort of two single beds at floor level. Take in the captivating designs of the State Cabins while Malaysia’s scenery rushes past.  

  • Air-conditioning 
  • En suite shower rooms with WC 
  • Personal safe 
  • Hairdryer 
  • Luxury toiletries 
  • 24-hour onboard service 
  • Entertainment on demand 
  • Large windows 
Cruise Code: ASA2243
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Your Hotel Stays

Singapore

Included Hotel

Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore (Or Similar)

Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore is a haven of contemporary luxury nestled within the vibrant surroundings of Laguna National Golf & Country Club. With elegant rooms, refined dining, and serene views of the golf course, it offers a tranquil escape from the bustling city. Indulge in rejuvenating spa treatments, tee off at the award-winning courses, or explore nearby attractions. Seamlessly blending leisure and sophistication, Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore promises an unforgettable stay, whether for relaxation or golfing adventures in this urban oasis.

Hanoi

Included Hotel

Le Jardin Hotel Haute Couture (Or Similar)

Le Jardin Hotel Haute Couture in Hanoi is a lavish establishment where luxury meets artistic flair. Inspired by haute couture fashion, the hotel offers opulent accommodations, personalised service, and meticulous attention to detail. Its unique blend of elegance and creativity ensures a distinctive stay for guests who appreciate the finer things. With a prime location in Hanoi, Le Jardin Hotel Haute Couture provides a sumptuous retreat for travellers looking to experience the city’s charm while indulging in a world of refined sophistication.

Huế

Included Hotel

Pilgrimage Village Boutique Resort & Spa (Or Similar)

Pilgrimage Village in Huế is a serene retreat nestled in lush surroundings. This boutique resort offers tranquil bungalows and villas, reflecting traditional Vietnamese design. Guests enjoy a harmonious blend of nature and luxury, with amenities like a spa, pools, and fine dining. The resort’s peaceful ambiance invites relaxation, while its proximity to Huế’s historic sites allows exploration of the city’s cultural heritage. Pilgrimage Village provides an enchanting escape, where guests can immerse themselves in a tranquil oasis while discovering the captivating history and beauty of Huế.

Hoi An

Included Hotel

Hội An Central Boutique Hotel & Spa (Or Similar)

Hội An Central Boutique Hotel & Spa is a charming haven in the heart of Hội An. With its central location, this boutique hotel offers easy access to the town’s historic sites and vibrant culture. The hotel’s stylish rooms and attentive service create a comfortable retreat for guests. The spa provides rejuvenating treatments, while the rooftop pool offers relaxation with scenic views. Visitors can explore Hội An’s enchanting streets and return to the hotel’s welcoming atmosphere, making Hội An Central Boutique Hotel and Spa an ideal choice for an authentic and memorable stay.

Ho Chi Minh City

Included Hotel

Grand Hotel Saigon (Or Similar)

A colonial-style, luxury hotel in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, The Grand Hotel Saigon overlooks charming historical streets and the Saigon River. Here you’ll enjoy a cozy yet elegant stay, enhanced by a welcoming, warm atmosphere and incredible Vietnamese hospitality. With décor that will take you back to the 1920s, you’re assured an engaging and memorable stay.

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