As the number of tigers in the wild decline to a critical low, a new species is spotted on the prowl. Follow the tracks. It’s time to find out where they lead.
On a prowling pilgrimage along the Southeast Asian peninsula, you’ll find lush overgrown palm plants and sky grazing tualang trees forming a dense patchy jungle. Occasionally, the blanket cover of emerald green gives way to vast swathes of rolling farmland that can reach all the way to the coast.
The tracks you follow cross ancient territories in Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. Locals spy your approach and step back. They see a flash of orange and black stripes, and bright yellow eyes moving stealthily across the landscape, until the great beast vanishes as quickly as it appeared.
The train carrying you on your journey is emblazoned with imagery of a great, mystical feline. As you linger in the grand teakwood Observation Car, the horizon glimmers before you. You can smell the sweet and balmy air from the open deck. Ahead, the landscape unfolds as you watch. Your view is through the eyes of the tiger.
Each year, tiger numbers across the world decline. In just under three decades, the amount of tigers in the wild have plummeted from 150,000 to 3,890. It is a critical time for this beloved big cat, and international charity Save Wild Tigers are acting to reverse this dramatic decline. To help raise awareness of the plight of the tiger, the Eastern & Oriental Express and Save Wild Tigers announce a unique new experience—The Bangkok to Singapore Tiger Express.
This six-day voyage begins in Bangkok at the regal Siam Hotel, a palatial urban paradise. Check-in for your overnight stay and meet fellow guests at an elegant cocktail party. The next day, you board the iconic carriages of the Eastern & Oriental Express.
Step aboard the train, now styled with beautiful tiger-inspired artwork by local artist, Jacky Tsai. Jacky joins you on board for this thrilling adventure, along with MasterChef champion Ping Coombes and a host of celebrity ambassadors for Save Wild Tigers.
The elegant wood-panelled carriages, oriental silks and intricate marquetry call to mind the luxurious romance of early train travel. En-suite Pullman, State and Presidential cabins offer a private sanctuary throughout your journey. Three exquisite dining cars set the stage for divine gastronomy, including an exclusive menu created by Ping Coombes and her team. Nostalgic tunes set the tone in the Piano Bar, while the Observation Car provides a perfect spot for quiet reflection with a beautiful view.
Venture off board to see the infamous River Kwai Bridge and explore the royal town of Kuala Kangsar. Savour tiger-themed cocktails before dinner. Swap traveller’s tales with fellow guests and tiger ambassadors. Back aboard the train, peruse an onboard exhibit of award-winning photographs from the Royal Albert Hall tiger exhibition. On this journey the tiger reigns.
After crossing the glittering waters of the Johor Causeway, the train arrives in Singapore—here, you disembark for one last adventure. Your home for the evening is the iconic Raffle’s Hotel. Check-in to your Courtyard Suite and sink into the irresistible ambiance of grandeur and colonial charm. Tonight, you’re invited to join fellow guests and VIP’s at an exclusive cocktail party in honour of the tiger and in celebration of this endangered, majestic beast.