Discover the highlights of the region with the Eastern & Oriental Express’ luxury tours. Singapore and Bangkok come alive on a journey brimming with romance, style, and indulgence.
Bangkok is chief port capital of Thailand and one of the most important cities in Southeast Asia. It is the epitome of the country's kaleidoscopic blend of old and new. It is an expression of Thai respect for tradition coupled with their vibrant involvement with modern progress. Rama I built the walled Grand Palace, which contains Temple of the Emerald Buddha. During the 19th century, Bangkok was known as the Venice of the East because of its many canals, which served as streets and commercial thoroughfares. Houses perched along the banks of the remaining canals are still common sight. Some of Bangkok’s most distinctive features are the approximately 400 Buddhist temples, known as wats. Bangkok is Thailand's economic center. Other sights to see include Temples, monuments, museums, Vimarnmekh Mansion, and Jim Thompson’s House.
Malaysia's capital rises like a vision from the deep jungles. Its fascinating array of architectural styles includes Malay stilt villages, Islamic minarets, Hindu temples, Chinese shop houses and the indescribable opulence of the Royal Palace. In the background rise the world's tallest buildings, the Petronas Twin Towers completed in 1996.
One of Asia's great economic successes, Singapore has fused diverse cultures into one dynamic nation.
Behind high-tech industries and high-rise buildings lives a society with an ingrained sense of conservative Confucian values. Beneath the westernized modernity beats a totally Asian heart. Strong beliefs center around extended families, filial piety, discipline, respect and Asian work ethics. Singapore’s name, meaning "Lion City," can be traced to the 13th century, and today there is the mythical Merlion, half-lion, half-fish, standing guard at the mouth of the Singapore River as the symbol of Singapore. A recent advertising campaign billed Singapore as "A Fine City."
The Kanchanaburi Region is home to the Bridge on the River Kwai and is a piece of World War II history. Visit the war museum and cemetery, Erawan National Park and the Kao Pun Temple Waterfalls.
A district of the royal town of Perak, Malaysia, Kuala Kangsar is cradled by the Perak River. Between 1877 and 1887, Sultan Shah erected his royal palace by the riverbank, which at the time was an odd place since it was an exposing threat of invasion. Natural causes was the palace's main problem almost getting swept by the floods. However, the palace was then moved further north away from the river bank. Historical Kuala Kangsar still sits quietly by the river bend and its growing communities follow. It is the birthplace of Malaysia's rubber industry and today, visitors can explore the luxurious royal palaces of gold-topped mosques, and fused architectures of Renaissance and neo-classical styles.
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