If you really want to experience southeast Asia in grand style, start in the famous Raffles Hotel in Singapore, which has fascinated travelers since it opened in 1887. Then board the Eastern and Oriental Express (E&O), which takes you up through the Malayan Peninsula to Bangkok in Thailand, Siam as it was known in the old days. The train winds its way through coconut and rubber plantations and steaming jungle. In Bangkok, the place to stay for extravagant travelers is The Oriental overlooking the Chao Phraya River.
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