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Useful information for shore excursions in Laem Chabang
We have put together all useful information about the most beautiful tourist attractions, a map of the cruise port as well as other tips for your cruise excursions in Laem Chabang below:
The most beautiful attractions in Laem Chabang
Laem Chabang is located on the Gulf of Thailand in the province of Chonburi and houses the largest port in Thailand. Since Bangkok itself is not located directly at sea, tourists who want to visit the city by cruise ship must dock in Laem Chabang. Those who do not want to travel more than 62 miles to Bangkok can visit the surrounding area of Laem Chabang, e.g. Pattaya.
Since Laem Chabang itself offers nothing worth seeing, it is worthwhile to start numerous shore excursions from Laem Chabang.
Bangkok, the capital of the Kingdom of Thailand since 1782, welcomes more visitors than any other city in the world. Marvel at the glorious temples, take a tuk tuk along bustling Chinatown or take a longtail boat through colorful floating markets. Food is another highlight of Bangkok, from local specialities served at simple street stalls to Haute Cuisine in romantic restaurants overlooking the rooftops of Bangkok. And no visit to Bangkok would be complete without a glimpse of its famous nightlife.
To get to Bangkok, you have to travel about 80 miles. Depending on traffic, this takes between 1.5 and 2.5 hours.
Please pay attention to the special dress code for a temple visit. You need to wear long clothes in some temples such as the Grand Palace and Wat Arun. You can possibly borrow at the entrance for a fee. Legs have to be covered over the knees and the upper part of the body as well as the shoulders.
Grand Palace & Wat Phra Kaeo
Built in 1782 on the eastern shore of the Chao Phraya River, the Grand Palace was the residence of the Thai kings and government seat for 150 years. In 1946, after the death of King Ananda Mahidol, King Bhumibol transferred the seat to the Chitralada Palace. Today, the complex is the spiritual heart of Thailand and a magnet for tourists from all over the world. Covering an area of over 50 acres, it is also surrounded by a wall almost 1.2 mi long. Behind the high walls you will find a small town with many temples or palace buildings, the latter can only be partially entered.
While visiting the Royal Palace, make the most out of the opportunity to visit the most important and most visited Buddhist temple in Thailand, Wat Phra Kaeo. The Temple of the King in the Grand Palace is an ornate building complex that houses the national shrine of the Thai people, the Emerald Buddha. In 1784, he found his final resting place in the Phra Ubusot chapel. Previously, it was passed from king to king. While the Emerald Buddha is only 2.2 ft tall, his 118-ft-high gilded throne impresses more. Ten crowned Buddha statues surround the figure on the throne and the walls are artistically decorated with scenes from the life of Buddha.
Wat Pho – the Temple of the Reclining Buddha – is considered one of Bangkok’s most beautiful temples. After moving the capital to Thonburi, now Bangkok, King Rama I began with the restoration of the probably built in the 17th century facility directly next to the large palace in 1789. 150 ft long and 50 ft high, the statue is intended to symbolize the entrance of Buddha into Nirvana.
Around the Buddha many tapestries adorn the temple. At the back of the Buddha, visitors can throw coins into small buckets, so that you always hear the sound of jingling coins in the temple. Please also keep in mind of the dress code during your visit.
Wat Arun – the Temple of Dawn – locally known as Wat Chaeng, is located on the western shore of the Chao Phraya River. It is one of the most special temples in Bangkok since the design is different from the others. The 260-ft high pagoda is the most spectacular feature in the temple, which is covered with porcelain tiles. Furthermore, the temple consists of colorfully decorated towers and stands majestically above the water.
Wat Arun is almost directly across from Wat Pho, so it is very easy to get there by boat. Steep stairs lead you up several levels to the central temple tower. From there you will have the best view of the Royal Palace and Wat Pho. At sunset you have a great view from the opposite side of the river. You will understand why Wat Arun is also called the Temple of the Dawn since at night it is brightly lit.
This bustling district, one of the oldest in Bangkok, is an attraction itself. The origins of Chinatown date back to the 1780s, when the government relocated the Chinese from Koratanakosin to build the new capital, Bangkok. On the approximately 0.6 mi long strip you will find small narrow streets with exotic scents, bustling markets, Chinese and Thai food stalls and many shops selling food, gold or typical Chinese souvenirs. If you are planning your visit during the Chinese New Year, you will see Bangkok’s Chinatown from a completely different perspective.
Only 18.6 mi away from Laem Chabang, Pattaya is the region’s most popular beach destination. The coastal city offers pure life from sunrise to sunset and more than 9.3 mi of beach. Water sports enthusiasts and sun lovers get their money’s worth here. After dark, life shifts to the streets of Pattaya. Explore the notorious nightlife here. Walking Street is one of the biggest and busiest party hotspots in Thailand. For almost 2 miles, nearly every building is a nightclub, a Go-Go-Bar, a beer bar or a restaurant. Each of the side street from Soi 14 to Soi 16 is a maze of entertainment for practically every taste.
Perched on a small hill to the south of Pattaya Beach, Phra Tamnak is the best place to enjoy a panoramic view of Pattaya City and Pattaya Bay. On the hill you will find the monument of Krom Luang Chumphon Khet Udomsak, the father of the Royal Thai Navy, as well as a holy Buddha image. The Big Buddha (“Phra Yai” in Thai) was built in 1977 on Khao Phra Tamnak, the small hill between South Pattaya and Jomtien. At that time, the city was still a quiet little fishing village.
Ayutthaya, once the capital of the then kingdom of Siam, is located about 43.5 mi from Bangkok. Even today, the splendid history can be seen in the numerous temples and palaces. At its peak, Ayutthaya once had around 375 temples. Ayutthaya resisted in its history a number of siege attempts, but in 1767 the city was almost completely destroyed by the attack of the Burmese. The Thai Cultural Authority began to restore the city and the ruins in 1956. Today, the remains can be visited in a history park and were added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1981.
Wat Chai Watthanaram, one of the most visited historical sites of Ayutthaya, is located on the banks of Chao Phraya River, west of the city island. The temple was built in 1630 by King Prasat Thong in honor of his mother with the same architectural style of Angkor temple. Its special feature is a large, central Khmer-style spire surrounded by smaller spires that symbolize Mount Sumeru (Mountain of the Gods) according to Hinduism. The lighting at night makes the temple even more exotic and beautiful.
The small town of Bang Pa In is located south of the former royal city of Ayutthaya, on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. This city is known for its summer palace, which was built by King Prasat Thong. Behind the high walls, visitors can admire ornate palaces, towers and a royal observatory. A park with Rococo-style bridges and Greek statues invite you for a walk.
In the historical park of Ayutthaya once stood the capital of the Kingdom of Siam, which was founded in 1351. The former main temple Wat Mahathat in the Naresuran Road is today only a ruin after it collapsed in 1911 during restoration work. According to a legend, the Burmese troops beheaded statues to demonstrate their power. To save the head of a precious statue, devout Buddhists buried it in a spot near the temple. Today, the head of the Buddha has grown into the roots of a tree and is the most photographed object in the park.
Map of the cruise port in Laem Chabang
The port of Laem Chabang is located in the province of Chonburi, about 15.5 mi north of Pattaya.
The cruise terminal is located in the port, which is primarily used for industry. In total, up to three cruise ships can dock here at the same time. In the port building there is Wifi, a few small shops and a taxi rental services.
If you book a shore excursion with us, you will of course be picked up directly at the port area near your berth.
Only a few smaller cruise ships can sail up the Chao Phraya to Bangkok and dock at Klong Toey Port, near the city’s famous attractions.
Things to know about shore excursions in and around Laem Chabang
Shipping companies and routes
Laem Chabang is regularly visited as part of an Asian cruise. Major cruise lines calling here are Costa, Silversea and Norwegian Cruise Line. Laem Chabang is also used as a starting point for shore excursions to Bangkok.
Immigration and visa
U.S and U.K. citizen tourists entering Thailand for fewer than 30 days do not require a visa. Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of your entry into Thailand.
The official currency in Thailand is the Baht (THB). Payment by credit card is common here in Thailand. At many appropriately marked ATMs, withdrawal with credit or bank cards is possible. (1 dollar = 32.67 Baht; 1 Pound = 42.56 Baht)
Taxi and other public transports
In the terminal there is a taxi agency. There is also a price list with basically fixed prices. A trip to Bangkok costs about 1880 Baht. Since many taxi drivers can only speak broken English, it makes sense to know the destination in Thai. Taxis are next to the excursion buses and are the only way to leave the port. Public transport does not pass the port.
In addition to shore excursions, many shipping companies also offer a shuttle service that will take you directly to Bangkok. Certainly a good option if you decide against a guided tour and want to explore Bangkok on your own. Alternatively you can take a taxi to Pattaya and from there take the bus for about 134 Baht to Bangkok.
You should plan some spare time about 2-3 hours if you want to go from Laem Chabang to Bangkok or back.
The best travel time are the months of November to February. During this time, rain is very unlikely and the temperatures are around 30 °C / 86 °F. Between July and October it is the monsoon period and thus rainy season. Most rainy days are in October.
Video: Impressions from Laem Chabang
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