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Legends of the East by Luxury Train: Bangkok to Singapore & Bali (2016)

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Limited to 18 guests
Days: 11  |  From: $9,295


Itinerary

Legends of the East by Luxury Train: Bangkok to Singapore & Bali

Day 1: Arrive Bangkok, Thailand

Arrive in Bangkok, where you receive VIP assistance through customs and are transferred to your hotel.

The Peninsula Bangkok

Day 2: Bangkok | Wat Pho’s Serene Reclining Buddha

Take a short cruise from your hotel, and continue by tuk-tuk to the Grand Palace, the official residence of the kings of Siam and, later, Thailand. Visit the Emerald Buddha Temple. Tour the temple of Wat Pho to view its gilded, 160-foot-long Reclining Buddha. Hear the musical sound of coins dropping into brass offering bowls, and receive a blessing from a resident monk. Pause for lunch, including a Thai cooking demonstration. This evening, gather with fellow guests for a cocktail and a welcome dinner, hosted by A&K.

The Peninsula Bangkok   |   Meals: B L D

Day 3: Bangkok | Aboard the Eastern & Oriental Express

Visit a local temple to witness a Thai Buddhist blessing ceremony and meet with a monk to learn more about their everyday life. After some time at leisure, transfer to the railway station and board the iconic green-and-gold coaches of the luxurious Eastern & Oriental Express. Savor a superb dinner in the lavishly appointed dining car as the train travels out into the countryside, passing rice fields, villages and water buffalo. Throughout your journey, take in sweeping views of the lush countryside from the colonial-style teakwood observation car. Retire to your cabin, transformed into a cozy bedroom by your steward, who is available to meet your needs around the clock.

Eastern & Oriental Express   |   Meals: B D

Day 4: Wang Po & River Kwai | A Bridge to Remembrance

Travel to Wang Po along a wooden trestle viaduct beside a towering cliff. Disembark to board a boat at the nearby River Kwai Bridge station. Float down the Kwai Yai River as you learn from a local historian about the infamous span built by allied prisoners of war under the command of the occupying Japanese army during World War II. Back on shore, stop by the Thailand- Burma Railway Centre and Don Rak War Cemetery to gain a fuller appreciation for what remains a monumental achievement under extreme conditions, as dramatized in the classic 1957 film, The Bridge on the River Kwai. Reboard the train and roll onward into Malaysia.

Eastern & Oriental Express   |   Meals: B L D

Day 5: Kuala Kangsar, Malaysia | Royal Town

Indulge in a leisurely breakfast in your cabin as your train intersects picturesque limestone massifs rearing from rice fields. Spend the morning relaxing in the observation car or saloon lounge and watching the passing scenery. Lunch is served before arrival into Kuala Kangsar. Disembark for your guided tour of this fascinating royal town, where you visit the Ubudiah Mosque, one of Malaysia’s most majestic. After exploring the Royal Museum of Perak, see works at the Sultan Shah Gallery. Rejoin the train as it continues southward through the lush rainforests and the rural west coast towns of peninsular Malaysia. Tonight on board, gather with fellow guests for dinner and a nightcap in the piano bar, on the final night of your elegant journey by rail.

Eastern & Oriental Express   |   Meals: B L D

Day 6: Singapore | Cosmopolitan and Diverse

Arrive in Singapore, where you are greeted with an orchid garland. Drive through the Civic District before arriving at your luxurious hotel, where you enjoy lunch. After an afternoon at leisure, gather for dinner tonight at a local restaurant.

Four Seasons Hotel Singapore   |   Meals: B L D

Day 7: Singapore | The Power of Feng Shui

Today, learn how feng shui, the ancient oriental art and science that promotes harmony, balance, prosperity and individual well-being, is practiced in contemporary Singapore. Begin with a visit to the Singapore River, where Singapore’s early fortunes began to see how feng shui principles were incorporated into the building landscapes to activate the auspicious qi (positive energies). Find out where the five mythological dragons lie in Singapore and how they contribute to the country’s prosperity. Listen as your guide explains concepts such as the Azure Dragon and White Tiger and their influence on major buildings along the Shopping District. Visit a popular feng shui gallery to learn how to strategically place items in your house or office to help engender good health, harmony, wealth and career success. Stop at Suntec City, home to the largest fountain in the world. Learn why water, or “shui,” symbolizes wealth and fortune. After lunch, visit the National Orchid Garden, within the Singapore Botanic Gardens, which boasts a colorful display of 60,000 orchid plants, with 400 species and more than 2,000 hybrids represented. Look out for Vanda, or ‘Miss Joaquim,’ Singapore’s national flower.

Four Seasons Hotel Singapore   |   Meals: B L

Day 8: Bali, Indonesia | Rich Culture and Natural Beauty

Fly to Denpasar, the capital of Bali, and check in to your luxurious resort, with the remainder of the day at leisure to enjoy the many amenities on offer. Gather tonight for dinner at one of Bali’s most spectacular beachfront restaurants.

Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay   |   Meals: B D

Day 9: Ubud | Batur Volcano and Tirta Empul

Experience the scenic beauty and rich culture of Bali, beginning the day with a visit to Pura Kehen Temple, constructed in the 13th century. Stepping through the stone-capped gateway, view the elephant sculptures, which are unusual for a building of that age, as elephants are not native to Bali. Once inside the temple, enter a small compound guarded by a mythical naga (dragon), which features a magic stone inside. Legend has it the stone glowed red hot once the site of the temple had been decided. Stop at Kintamani for a stunning view of the magnificent Batur Volcano. Enjoy lunch in a venue set among lush tropical forests in the mountains of Ubud. Continue to the Holy Water Temple of Tirta Empul to view a spring-fed pool; sacred to Bali’s Hindu population, it is believed to cure diseases.

Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay   |   Meals: B L

Day 10: Bali | Unity in Diversity

Visit Puja Mandala, a cluster of houses of worship representing all of Indonesia’s religions on a scenic hilltop. This five-acre area is home to a Buddhist Temple, a Hindu Temple, a Catholic Church, a Protestant Church and an Islamic mosque — an inspiring enactment of Bali’s credo, “Unity in Diversity.” As you descend to the southernmost part of Bali, visit Garuda Wisnu Kencana Monument en route. It is a complex designed by Nyoman Nuarta, one of Indonesia’s foremost modern sculptors. The feature piece of this complex will, once completed, stand almost 500 feet tall, with a wingspan of 210 feet. Stroll around and see how Mr. Nuarta is educating the young people of Bali about the importance of preserving and cultivating Balinese culture. Enjoy a relaxing lunch at the Finn’s Beach Club, swimming, canoeing and taking advantage of the beach club facilities at your leisure. Complete this sojourn with a beachside cocktail. Later, continue to the famous Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple, one of the region’s most illustrious sacred sites. Perched 250 feet above the water on a sheer cliff, it offers a perfect vantage point to the beach below, one of the best for surfing on the island. Watch the huge waves roll in and crash against the cliffs — and keep an eye out for monkeys, as they love Uluwatu. This evening, attend a farewell dinner amid a scenic beachfront setting.

Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay   |   Meals: B L D

Day 11: Depart Bali

After breakfast, transfer to the airport and depart.

Meals: B







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