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What's Included

  • Two nights aboard the Eastern and Oriental Express
  • Three night luxury Irrawaddy cruise
  • Luxury accommodation and exclusive private tours
  • Domestic and international flights
  • Private transfers
  • Full support from your Travel Concierge before, during and after your trip
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At a glance

Explore Southeast Asia in style on this 14 night luxury adventure that will take you from Singapore, across Malaysia to Thailand and into Myanmar. Start among the ultramodern high-rises of Singapore, taking a private tour to get an insight into the metropolis’ fascinating past.

Then, board the sumptuous Belmond Eastern and Oriental Express for a three day, 1,255-mile journey north through Malaysia to Bangkok. A revival of colonial grandeur and opulence – think fine dining, cocktails and affable company – the historic train trundles its way past rural villages and paddy fields, stopping off at highlights en route such as the royal town of Perak and River Kwai Bridge.

Arriving in Bangkok, settle into your luxury hotel before a full day discovering Thailand’s capital, starting with its delectable street food, then moving on to its Grand Palace and vibrant canals.

Next head west to Myanmar, a country just opening up to tourism, and Mandalay. From here, board a small luxury ship to cruise down the serene Irrawaddy River. Over the next three days, see historic pagodas and get a unique view into a traditional way of life along the water’s edge as your boutique boat glides peacefully south.

The cruise ends in the awesome temple strewn landscapes of Bagan. As hot air balloons rise with the sun over the mist, see the country’s most iconic vista. Next up are the famous waters of Inle Lake before a final two nights in bustling Yangon where you can experience the changing face of Myanmar.

Example Trip Itinerary

Days 1-2

Singapore

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer from Changi Airport to Singapore Hotel

Accommodation in Singapore

One night in Singapore One night in Singapore

Spend your days at leisure in this modern metropolis touring the city. In between tours, dine in the finest restaurants, go shopping in vibrant Little India and head over to the Marina Bay Sands Skybar for outstanding views across the city and some great cocktails too.

Singapore city tour with dim sum Singapore city tour with dim sum

Little India is Singapore’s foremost Indian enclave and it is a riot of sights, sounds and scents. Here, you can find rows of shops selling spices, jewellery and traditional Indian clothing. At the heart of Little India is the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple which is dedicated to the Hindu goddess of power, Kali. Built in 1855, the temple is adorned with hand painted statues of the Hindu deities.

Next you'll head to Kampong Glam which has its origins as a fishing village at the mouth of Rochor River. The Malay word 'kampung' means 'village', and the area was known for the gelam tree, or paperbark tree, that grew here and was used for building ships. Visit the magnificent Sultan Mosque - built in 1928, the mosque is one of the most impressive religious buildings in Singapore.

Explore the bustling market at Bugis Street, the largest street bazaar in Singapore. First, let your guide point you to a few oddities in this maze of 600+ stalls, then armed with the necessary knowledge, return at the end to snag the bargains. Your tour ends with a delicious dim sum lunch.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Singapore train station

Days 2-4

E&O Express

Accommodation in E&O Express

Belmond Eastern and Oriental Express Singapore to Bangkok: Day One Belmond Eastern and Oriental Express Singapore to Bangkok: Day One

Board the Belmond and Oriental Express and settle into your private cabin as we depart from Singapore, rolling gently through the southern Malaysian countryside. Dinner is served in one of the luxurious dining cars and afterwards you can look forward to relaxing with your fellow travellers in the Bar Car.

Belmond Eastern and Oriental Express Singapore to Bangkok: Day Two Belmond Eastern and Oriental Express Singapore to Bangkok: Day Two

Shortly after breakfast, we arrive in Kuala Kangsar. Disembark for a tour of the grand Ubudiah Mosque, the Royal Museum of Perak and the Sultan Shah Gallery. Afterwards, return to the train and enjoy a relaxing afternoon at your leisure as we continue onto Thailand. A decadent dinner is served on board.

Belmond Eastern and Oriental Express Singapore to Bangkok: Day Three Belmond Eastern and Oriental Express Singapore to Bangkok: Day Three

Later this morning, we alight at the River Kwai Bridge station for a cruise along the picturesque river with a local historian. We then join a visit to an evocative war museum and optional war cemetery. We'll return to the train for lunch, before ending our journey in Bangkok in the late afternoon.

Days 4-6

Bangkok

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to hotel

Accommodation in Bangkok

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Two nights in Bangkok Two nights in Bangkok

Bustling and energetic, Bangkok has something for everyone. A haven for shoppers, historians, foodies and culture seekers alike, the capital is an integral part of any Thailand itinerary. It has everything from awe-inspiring temples to bustling markets and high-end shopping malls. And, of course there's the food - some of the best in the world!

Old Bangkok Street Food Walking Tour Old Bangkok Street Food Walking Tour

Explore the best tucked away alleys, sampling Bangkok’s famous street food and experiencing the Old Town on foot. Stroll through local food stalls and market to enjoy the diversity of local Thai delicacies and Thai culture. Sample various kinds of local food, old-style Thai coffee and Thai sweet desserts, and learn from the shop owners about their secret recipes. Visit Wat Suthat, as well as the tall standing two pillars Giant Swing.

Bangkok Thonburi Klongs and Grand Palace Tour Bangkok Thonburi Klongs and Grand Palace Tour

Travel by long tailed speedboat on the picturesque Chao Phraya River and see a fascinating contrast of old and new – revered temples and traditional houses alongside five star hotels. You’ll glimpse an insight into local Thai life and yesteryear Bangkok as you explore some of the Klongs (canals) that lead off into Bangkok’s suburbs, as many remain largely unaffected by modern development. Your next stop is the sprawling Grand Palace, with a wealth of intricate and ornate buildings and temples within the complex.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer from your hotel to Bangkok Airport

Flight

Flight from Bangkok to Mandalay

Days 6-7

Mandalay

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel in Mandalay

Accommodation in Mandalay

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One night in Mandalay One night in Mandalay

Spend the following few days in traditional and religious Mandalay. Here you have the chance to visit the impressive pagoda, Mahamuni Paya, head to Mandalay Hill for fantastic views and see the masterpiece of traditional Burmese wooden architecture at the Shwenandaw monastery.

Kuthodaw Pagoda and Shwenandaw Monastery Kuthodaw Pagoda and Shwenandaw Monastery

Visit Kuthodaw Pagoda, whose 729 marble stone slabs of Buddhist scriptures have earned it the title ‘World’s Biggest Book’, then walk onwards to Shwenandaw Monastery, the only remaining building from the 19th century Royal Palace.

Days 7-9

Irrawaddy River Cruise

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to the jetty

Boats on Irrawaddy River

Strand Cruise Mandalay to Bagan (4D3N) Strand Cruise Mandalay to Bagan (4D3N)

The Strand Cruise crew will be waiting to greet you on board and welcome you with a generous buffet lunch of Mediterranean cuisine.

After lunch, stop in Mingun, one of the country’s former capitals, at the foot of the unfinished pagoda, one of the largest pagodas ever constructed in the history of Myanmar. Visit the pagoda by tuktuk, a popular local means of transportation, and see the magnificent Mingun Bell, claimed to be the largest un-cracked hanging bell in the world. You will also visit Paya Hsinbyume, an impressive pagoda that rises in seven curved whitewashed terraces representing the seven mountain ranges around Mt Meru, the mountain at the centre of the Buddhist universe.

As the sun sets, admire the magnificent sights over the Ayeyarwady river from the ship’s Sundeck, sipping one of the Strand Hotel’s signature cocktails, before joining your fellow travellers for a Myanmar dinner in the Strand restaurant.

Strand Cruise Mandalay to Bagan (4D3N): Day Two Strand Cruise Mandalay to Bagan (4D3N): Day Two

Your day begins with a visit to Ava, the ancient imperial capital of successive Burmese kingdoms from the 14th to 19th centuries. Horse carts await the ship to transport guests for a delightful ride through the naturally preserved Ava landscape and key landmarks. A once prominent city, throughout history Ava has been ravaged by war and natural disasters and rebuilt numerous times. Today, all that is left are the ruins and remains of an abandoned kingdom forever imprinted in history. Here you will visit the Yadana Shemee and Wingaba, temples, as well as the Bopaya monastery and the brick monastery.

Once back on board the Strand Cruise, an Asian family style lunch is served on the sundeck while enjoying the beautiful landscape passing by as the ship cruises onwards to the ancient city of Bagan. Throughout the afternoon, relax, meditate, or just lie by the pool, enjoy activities and workshops arranged by the crew as well as a number of performances by talented local artists and entertainers before enjoying a sunset cocktail. As night falls, the ship will moor on a remote and wild section of the river. Surrounded only by the soft whispering of nature, the Captain invites guests to a cocktail and grill dinner in the Strand Restaurant. Night owls can linger in the bar over a glass of fine wine or single malt whiskey and recreate the golden age of the Strand as a meeting place for explorers and raconteurs.

Strand Cruise Mandalay to Bagan (4D3N): Day Three Strand Cruise Mandalay to Bagan (4D3N): Day Three

This morning sees your arrival in Bagan and the start of the much-anticipated Bagan Heritage Trail. Bagan is remarkable for the magnificent architecture of its buildings and the contribution they have made to Burmese temple designs. Marvel at Bagan’s wonders including the Ananda Temple, one of the most exquisite temples of the country, and the Shwezigon Pagoda, renowned for its gold leaf decor.

After a delicious buffet lunch back on board, continue your day in Bagan with a visit to the magnificent Shwe San Daw temple, followed by a journey to the beautiful Sulamani temple and Gubyaukgyi temple. As twilight sets in, admire the sunset from the sundeck before a festive evening and farewell French dinner in the Strand Restaurant.

Hot Air Balloons Bagan
Strand Cruise Mandalay to Bagan (4D3N): Day Four Strand Cruise Mandalay to Bagan (4D3N): Day Four

After a last breakfast, disembark in Old Bagan and will be accompanied onward to the airport or their hotel. Another exhilarating option at sunrise is a hot air balloon ride, where you can gently float above the 2,000 pagodas of Bagan.

Flights & Transfers

Flight

Flight from Bagan to Heho

Days 11-13

Inle Lake

Transfer from Heho Airport to Inle Lake, visiting Pindaya en route Transfer from Heho Airport to Inle Lake, visiting Pindaya en route

Transfer from Heho Airport to Inle Lake, visiting Pindaya en route, an impressive cave that is home to over 8000 golden buddha statues.

Accommodation in Inle Lake

Fisherman on Inle Lake, Myanmar
Two nights by Inle Lake Two nights by Inle Lake

Enjoy the following days in this peaceful region, watching the renowned leg-rowing fishermen and seeing the lake's floating markets. You can also visit the famous pilgrimage site Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda.

Full day tour of Inle Lake Full day tour of Inle Lake

After breakfast, visit the lake’s morning market. The market rotates its location around the lake’s villages in a 5 day rhythm and is visited by lake inhabitants and surrounding hill tribes who come to sell and trade their wares. Continue past villages inhabited by the Intha people who build their houses on stilts and floating gardens built up from strips of water hyacinth and mud and anchored to the bottom with bamboo poles. You will also see the leg rowing fishermen of the lake who steer their boats with incredible balance. The trip will also include some sightseeing at some of the lake’s most renowned sites. Stop at the Nga Hpe Chaung Monastery famous for its dozens of Shan Buddha statues as well as the resident cats which have been trained to jump through hoops. Continue to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake’s main sanctuary, which contains 5 sacred Buddha images, and proceed to the village of Inpawkhone to observe the traditional silk weaving techniques of Innthar people. Inpawkhone is also known for its weaving from the stems of lotus flowers, a time consuming process that results in high quality materials famous throughout the country. We will also visit a cheroot factory where the local Burmese cigars are rolled by hand.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Heho airport

Flight

Flight from Heho to Rangoon

Days 13-15

Yangon

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer from Yangon airport to your hotel

Accommodation in Yangon

Yangon Myanmar Skyline
Two nights in Yangon Two nights in Yangon

Explore this energetic city with our full list of recommendations and any private tours we've organised for you. From the enormous Shwedagon Pagoda, stroll through shaded parks and lakes and dine on delicious street food in bustling Chinatown at night. Speak to your travel designer about how you wish to spend your time here.

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Afternoon tour of Yangon Afternoon tour of Yangon

This afternoon you will venture downtown to explore the city centre and its fabulous mix of architecture and sites. The streets are filled with historical buildings many of which have a faded colonial charm not seen elsewhere in Asia. You’ll start at the post office - a lovely historic building- and walk to Sule Paya in the middle of downtown, passing by Strand Hotel, Mahabandoola Garden and Independence Monument along the way. Then visit Little India and Chinatown, a colorful cacophony of restaurants, temples and markets. Reach Bogyoke Market, formerly known as Scott’s Market, where there is time to browse through the dozens of stalls and shops. This is Yangon’s best market for handicrafts and other goods.

From here, continue to Shwedagon Pagoda the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar. Although the origins of the pagoda are unclear, the local legend states that the original structure was built 2500 years ago then renovated several times until taking its current shape in the 15th century. The eight-sided central stupa is 99 metres tall and gilded with gold leaf and is surrounded by 64 smaller stupas. Your guide will show you around the massive complex, explaining why this temple is so revered. Enjoy breathtaking views of the golden stupa from this vantage point.

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Yangon food tour Yangon food tour

This morning set off with your guide to explore the best of Yangon’s food. Start with a visit to one of downtown’s main morning markets where vendors gather to sell everything from fresh vegetables and fruits to fish and meats. Try out morning treats popular with the locals, such as noodles, pancakes, steamed sticky rice with beans and fried donuts and samosa.

Next, visit Seikkan Tha Street, another morning market area with many stalls selling palata (thick pancakes), flowers and fruits. Having worked up a thirst, make a stop at Maung Aye Tea Shop to enjoy a cup of sweet Burmese tea. Across the street is a popular stall specialising in Burmese tea leaf salad. Finally transfer to Feel Myanmar for lunch, a popular local restaurant, to sample an array of local curries all accompanied by dozens of vegetables, dips and a soup. This is very traditional, tasty Burmese lunch and a perfect way to complete your culinary exploration of Yangon.

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Evening visit to Shwedagon Pagoda with oil lamps Evening visit to Shwedagon Pagoda with oil lamps

This evening you will be taken to the Shwedagon Pagoda to see it glitter in the light of oil lamps. This special lighting ceremony takes place with the locals as night falls and incense and seemingly endless rows of golden light fills the air.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Yangon airport

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