Discover the temples and palaces of Bangkok, and relive the Golden Age of travel on a luxury vintage train through the Malay Peninsula to Singapore then travel on to explore the fascinating island of Bali.

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 Enjoying the scenery of Thailand from the <i>Eastern & Oriental Express</i> observation car  The white-sand beaches of Bali  The World Heritage <i>subak</i> or rice terraces in Bali  Bali's rice terraces at dawn  Singapore in the evening  Detail from the Emerald Buddha Temple, Bangkok  The World Heritage site of Ayutthaya, near Bangkok  Thailand's River Kwai  Village along the River Kwai

A Journey from Bangkok to Bali

Featuring the Eastern & Oriental Express

13 days from $7,390

Discover the temples and palaces of Bangkok, and relive the Golden Age of travel on a luxury vintage train through the Malay Peninsula to Singapore then travel on to explore the fascinating island of Bali.

or Call 855-330-1542

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

I have been with various travel groups but this trip was better than any I've ever been on. Everything was well planned; these guys had it to down to a science. On most tours at least one thing goes wrong, but not with Smithsonian. They're total experts and professionals and I can't think of anything that they could have done better.

- Valerie, M.

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Overview

Special Air Rates & Services: As part of our special air program, FlexAir, available with this tour, you can choose from a wide variety of flight options. View Special Air Rates/Services to learn more.

Take an exotic journey to the East, traveling through breathtaking landscapes that showcase ancient histories and diverse cultures. You’ll discover the mysteries of Bangkok and ancient Siam, then celebrate the Golden Age of train travel aboard the opulent Eastern & Oriental Express as you travel to Singapore. A sojourn on the luxuriant island of Bali concludes this captivating journey. 

I have been with various travel groups but this trip was better than any I've ever been on. Everything was well planned; these guys had it to down to a science. On most tours at least one thing goes wrong, but not with Smithsonian. They're total experts and professionals and I can't think of anything that they could have done better.

- Valerie, M.

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2017 Itinerary

Take an exotic journey to the East, traveling through breathtaking landscapes that showcase ancient histories and diverse cultures. You’ll discover the mysteries of Bangkok and ancient Siam, then celebrate the Golden Age of train travel aboard the opulent Eastern & Oriental Express as you travel to Singapore. A sojourn on the luxuriant island of Bali concludes this captivating journey. 

Highlights Include:

  • Bangkok: Enjoy a leisurely cruise along the Chao Phraya River, take a tuk-tuk ride through vibrant Bangkok, and watch a captivating Thai dance performance in a beautiful pavilion.
  • The Opulent Eastern & Oriental ExpressTake a three-night journey through lush tropical landscapes, stopping off to boat down the River Kwai and learn about the Thailand-Burma Railway. Plus, explore the fascinating royal town of Kuala Kangsar in Malaysia.
  • Singapore: Explore Singapore's highlights, visit the diverse neighborhoods of Kampong Glam, Chinatown, and Little India, and see the iconic Merlion statue featuring the head of a lion and body of a fish.
  • Bali: Discover an ancient temple, visit the ARMA Museum to see its collection of Balinese paintings, learn about Balinese music, and stop at the artistic enclave of Ubud with its famous market of traditional crafts. 
  • Accommodations: Enjoy stays at some of the world’s top hotels, including the Peninsula Hotel Bangkok, the Shangri-La Hotel Singapore, and the InterContinental Bali Resort.

Days 1-2 — Depart the U.S. and Cross the International Date Line

Smithsonian Journeys travelers depart their gateway city and cross the International Date Line as they fly to Bangkok, Thailand.

Day 3 — Bangkok, Thailand

Arrive at Bangkok International Airport, and transfer to the deluxe, riverside Peninsula Hotel, a Bangkok landmark, where accommodations await. After checking in, there’s time to relax and explore the hotel. Gather with your fellow Smithsonian Journeys travelers this evening for a welcome reception.

Day 4 — Bangkok

Learn about Thailand’s history, culture at an informative talk. Depart the hotel by motor launch and see Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River, Klongs and the Temple of the Dawn or Wat Arun. Continue to the Grand Palace and see the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Take a tuk-tuk, a motorized rickshaw, for the ride to the elegant Wat Pho, Bangkok’s oldest and largest temple to visit the golden Reclining Buddha. The Smithsonian Expert will offer an engaging presentation. This evening Smithsonian travelers will savor fine Thai cuisine and see an authentic classical Thai dance performance at the lovely Sala Rim Naam (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Bangkok and Eastern & Oriental Express Train

Learn about the life and enigmatic disappearance of Jim Thompson, an American expatriate thought to have secret U.S. intelligence connections. Thompson revived the Thai silk industry after World War II. Explore the authentic teak buildings that showcase locally woven Thai silk fabrics and lovely and exotic furnishings. Enjoy some free time to explore the complex. Board the luxurious Eastern & Oriental Express. In the observation car relax with a drink as the train departs Bangkok. Experience the transition as the city fades into a lush tapestry of countryside villages and rice paddies. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Eastern & Oriental Express and Kanchanaburi

Enjoy a leisurely morning as the train travels southern through Thailand. At River Kwai Bridge Station, board a raft and cruise down the Kwai Yai River. Learn about the building of the Thailand-Burma Railway during World War II from a local historian and guide. Then drive past the North Temple and Chinese Cemetery to the Thailand-Burma Railway Center and the moving Don Rak War Cemetery where 7,000 Allied soldiers who died building the railway are laid to rest. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Eastern & Oriental Express and Kuala Kangsar

After a leisurely morning aboard the train, disembark to explore this fascinating royal town taking in such sights as the Ubudiah Mosque, reputed to be one of Malaysia's most majestic. Following a view of the Royal Museum of Perak, the tour concludes at the Sultan Shah Gallery. Rejoin the train as it continues southwards through the lush forests and the rural west-coast towns of peninsular Malaysia. Dine in one of the opulent dining cars then spend a relaxing evening in the bar car with its resident pianist. Spend your last night on board. (B,L,D)

Day 8 — Eastern & Oriental Express and Singapore

After crossing the Straits of Johore the train arrives at Woodlands Railway Station in Singapore. Explore Singapore and see Merlion Park, the Civic District past the Padang, Cricket Club, Parliament House, Supreme Court, and City Hall. Arrive at the deluxe Shangri-La Singapore Hotel. After settling in, join fellow Smithsonian travelers in the travelers corner. (B)

Day 9 — Singapore

Learn about the ethnic heritage of Singapore on a fascinating excursion. Visit Kampong Glam, a Malay community that was, in history, a small fishing village on the Rochor River. While there, you’ll visit the Sultan’s Mosque and its golden dome. Explore local food stalls and see small handicraft shops selling batik, carpets and rattan basket-ware.  Continue to Chinatown and discover the contrasts between the old and new where traditional “shophouses” have been converted into new restaurants, teahouses and shops. Stop in Little India, the cultural heart of of the Indian community. See bustling streets brimming with exotic spices, flower-garland and curry shops. The remainder of the day is free of planned activities. (B)

Day 10 — Bali

Depart for the airport and the flight to Bali. Upon arrival at Denpasar Airport, drive to the InterContinental Bali Hotel, which overlooks one of the island’s most beautiful beaches. The rest of the day is free to follow your own path. Be back in time for a talk by the Smithsonian Expert. (B)

Day 11 — Bali

This day begins with a visit to a local school where you’ll meet students and their teachers. Visit a traditional Balinese family Kampong or compound to meet the people. Refreshments will be served and you’ll learn about their lives and traditional activities. See the terraced rice paddies and learn about Subak an ancient system of irrigation. The area is a World Heritage Site. After a picnic lunch near the rice paddie, enjoy a foot massage and return to the hotel. Spend time this afternoon in the Smithsonian travelers corner. (B,L)

Day 12 — Bali

Discover the fascinating temple at Tampak Siring where the pure spring water bubbles up and is thought to have strong curative powers. Here, you’ll see bathing pools where the Balinese hold Hindu purification ceremonies. Visit Ubud and explore the fascinating ARMA Museum to see its collection of local art and artifacts. Learn about Balinese musical heritage and hear a demonstration of the gamelan, an instrument similar to a marimba. You have the choice of remaining at ARMA or visiting the bustling Ubud Market. The market is filled with arts and crafts, exotic fruit and spices. Join fellow Smithsonian travelers at an exclusive farewell dinner with a performance by traditional Balinese Dancers. (B,D)

Day 13 — Depart for the U.S.

Depart the hotel for Denpasar International Airport for your return transpacific flights to the U.S. (B)

Note: Itinerary sequence and/or included tours and scheduled events may change due to operational consideration.

2016 Itinerary

Map - A Journey from Bangkok to Bali

Take an exotic journey to the East, traveling through breathtaking landscapes that showcase ancient histories and diverse cultures. You’ll discover the mysteries of Bangkok and ancient Siam, then celebrate the Golden Age of train travel aboard the opulent Eastern & Oriental Express as you travel to Singapore. A sojourn on the luxuriant island of Bali concludes this captivating journey. 

Highlights Include:

  • Bangkok: Enjoy a leisurely cruise along the Chao Phraya River, take a tuk-tuk ride through vibrant Bangkok, and watch a captivating Thai dance performance in a beautiful pavilion.
  • The Opulent Eastern & Oriental ExpressTake a three-night journey through lush tropical landscapes, stopping off to boat down the River Kwai and learn about the Thailand-Burma Railway. Plus, explore the fascinating royal town of Kuala Kangsar in Malaysia.
  • Singapore: Explore Singapore's highlights, visit the diverse neighborhoods of Kampong Glam, Chinatown, and Little India, and see the iconic Merlion statue featuring the head of a lion and body of a fish.
  • Ayutthaya: ​Visit the ruins of Ayutthaya, the ancient capital of Siam from 1350 to 1767 and a World Heritage site, featuring the Wat Phra Sri Sanpetch and the Wat Yai Chai Mongkol.
  • Bali: Discover an ancient temple, visit the ARMA Museum to see its collection of Balinese paintings, learn about Balinese music, and stop at the artistic enclave of Ubud with its famous market of traditional crafts. 
  • Accommodations: Enjoy stays at some of the world’s top hotels, including the Peninsula Hotel Bangkok, the Mandarin Oriental Singapore, and the Jimbaran Puri Bali Resort.

Days 1-2 — Depart the U.S. and Cross the International Date Line

Smithsonian Journeys travelers depart their gateway city and cross the International Date Line as they fly to Bangkok, Thailand.

Day 3 — Bangkok, Thailand

Arrive at Bangkok International Airport, and transfer to the deluxe, riverside Peninsula Hotel, a Bangkok landmark, where accommodations await. After checking in, there’s time to relax and explore the hotel. Gather with your fellow Smithsonian Journeys travelers this evening for a welcome reception.

Day 4 — Bangkok

Learn about Thailand’s history and culture at an informative lecture. Depart the hotel by motorcoach and see Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River, Klongs, and the Temple of the Dawn or Wat Arun. Continue to the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Take a tuk-tuk (motorized rickshaw) for the ride to the elegant Wat Po, Bangkok’s oldest and largest temple to see the golden Reclining Buddha. In late afternoon, attend an engaging lecture by your Smithsonian Journeys expert. Later, savor Thai cuisine and see an authentic Thai dance performance at the lovely Sala Rim Naam. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Ayutthaya

Depart Bangkok for a leisurely luncheon cruise on the Chao Phraya River to visit the extravagant Bang Pa In Royal Summer Palace and the Chinese Wehat Chamrun Palace. Next, visit the ruins of Ayutthaya, the ancient capital of Siam from 1350 to 1767 and a World Heritage site, featuring the Wat Phra Sri Sanpetch and the Wat Yai Chai Mongkol. Visit the Royal Elephant Kraal, and visit Elephant Stay where you’ll learn about the endangered Asian elephants that are Thai national symbols. This exceptional not-for-profit facility promotes the humane treatment and conservation of these gentle giants from newborns to seniors. (B,L)

Day 6 — Bangkok and Eastern & Oriental Express Train

Learn about the life and enigmatic disappearance of Jim Thompson, an American expatriate thought to have secret U.S. intelligence connections. Thompson revived the Thai silk industry after World War II. Explore the authentic teak buildings that comprise his beautiful antique-rich home. and enjoy some free time to explore the complex. After an elegant Thai lunch, board the luxurious Eastern & Oriental Express. As the train departs Bangkok, watch the city fade into a lush rural tapestry of villages and rice paddies. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Kanchanaburi

Enjoy a leisurely morning as the train travels south through Thailand. At River Kwai Bridge Station, board a raft and cruise down the Kwai Yai River. Learn about the building of the Thailand-Burma Railway during World War II from a local historian and guide. Then drive past the North Temple and Chinese Cemetery to the Thailand-Burma Railway Center and the moving Don Rak War Cemetery, final resting place for the remains of 7,000 Allied soldiers who died building the railway. (B,L,D)

Day 8 — Kuala Kangsar, Malaysia

After a leisurely morning aboard the train, disembark to explore this fascinating royal town taking in such sights as the Ubudiah Mosque, reputed to be one of Malaysia's most majestic. Following a view of the Royal Museum of Perak, the tour concludes at the Sultan Shah Gallery. Rejoin the train as it continues southwards through the lush forests and the rural west-coast towns of peninsular Malaysia. Dine in one of the opulent dining cars then spend a relaxing evening in the Bar Car with its resident pianist as you enjoy your last night on board the train. (B,L,D)

Day 9 — Singapore

After crossing the Straits of Johore the train arrives at Woodlands Railway Station in Singapore. Explore Singapore and see Merlion Park, the Civic District past the Padang, Cricket Club, Parliament House, Supreme Court, and City Hall. Arrive at your hotel for an overnight stay. In late afternoon gather with fellow travelers at a Smithsonian Journeys travelers' corner where you can share experiences with your fellow adventurers. These informal get-togethers will be held occasionally during your journey to exchange experiences and enjoy informal discussion. (B)

Day 10 — Bali, Indonesia

Depart for the airport and the flight to Bali. Upon arrival at Denpasar Airport, drive to the Jimbaran Puri Bali Hotel, which overlooks one of the island’s most beautiful beaches. The rest of the day is free to follow your own path. (B)

Day 11 — Bali

This day of discovery begins with a visit to a local school to meet students and their teachers. You will also visit a traditional Balinese family compound to meet the residents, enjoy refreshments, and learn about their lifestyle and traditional activities. See the terraced rice paddies and learn about the ancient irrigation system known as Subak, designated a World Heritage site. After a picnic lunch by the rice field, enjoy a foot massage and return to the hotel. Join lively discussion and exchange experiences at the Smithsonian Journeys travelers' corner. (B,L)

Day 12 — Bali

Travel inland to visit a fascinating temple at Tampak Siring where the water from a bubbling spring is believed to have healing powers. The temple features bathing pools where the Balinese hold spiritual purification ceremonies. Continue to the Sacred Monkey Forest near the town of Ubud to see the amusing long-tailed macaques that live there and learn about this sacred area. Visit Ubud’s famous market, where you will find batik and other textiles, jewelry, remarkable woodwork, and other traditional crafts. Join fellow Smithsonian Journeys travelers at an exclusive farewell reception and dinner highlighted by a performance of traditional Balinese dancers. (B,L,D)

Day 13 — Depart for the U.S.

Depart the hotel for Denpasar International Airport for your return transpacific flights to the U.S. (B)

Please Note: Itinerary sequence and/or included tours and scheduled events may change due to operational consideration.