Friday 15 December 2017

Need to know

Graham Boynton

Getting there

Railbookers (0044 203 327 1599; offers this three-night trip from Bangkok to Singapore aboard the Eastern & Oriental Express, from €1,900, including accommodation in a Pullman Superior cabin, all meals on board and excursions.

Book before December 31, 2012, for travel in 2013 and you can extend this trip to five nights, with two free nights' B&B at the Kempinski Bangkok Grand Palace Hotel.

Flights are extra. British Airways ( flies from Heathrow to Bangkok and from Singapore to Heathrow, from €1,000 return.

For further information on the Eastern & Oriental Express, see

Staying there


• Sukhothai Bangkok: Palatial in size, style and decor, contemporary in amenities. Doubles from €150. Tel: 0066 2344 8888;

• Mandarin Oriental: Sits on the Chao Phraya river. The hotel has a pool, spa and restaurant across the water, served by hotel ferry. Doubles from €209. Tel: 0066 2659 9000;


• Quincy Hotel: Tariff includes one-way airport transfer, full board, laundry and Wi-Fi. Doubles from €200. Tel: 0065 6738 5888;

• Shangri-La Hotel: One of the city's grandest hotels, set in a leafy tropical garden. Doubles from €250. Tel: 0065 6737 3644;

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