Bangkok Cruise Port (Laem Chabang)
With so much to see and do in Bangkok, most cruise visitors opt for a shore excursion to maximize their time. Tours typically focus on highlights such as the Grand Palace, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, or the gigantic Chatuchak Market, a great place to purchase souvenirs, handicrafts, clothes, and street food. Some tours also include lunch at a local restaurant or a scenic cruise around Bangkok’s canals.
Another popular choice for a shore excursion is a visit to the coastal town of Pattaya. The beach resort is just a 30-minute drive from Bangkok Cruise Port (Laem Chabang).
Things to Know Before You Go
Most cruise liners dock at Laem Chabang, but smaller vessels may dock at Klong Toey—both are part of the Bangkok Cruise Port.
Shore excursions typically include port pickup and drop-off.
Laem Chabang port has food kiosks, gift shops, a massage spa, and a visitor information center.
Full-day shore excursions can last up to 12 hours from the Bangkok Cruise Port.
How to Get to Bangkok From the Bangkok Cruise Port (Laem Chabang)
When docking at Bangkok Cruise Port (Laem Chabang), about two hours south of Bangkok, public transport options are limited. It’s best to prearrange a private transfer or take a taxi. Smaller ships may also dock at the closer Klong Toey, located on the Chao Phraya River on the outskirts of the city. For ships docking at Klong Toey, free shuttles are often providied to take passengers into Bangkok.
The official language is Thai, but English is widely spoken in tourist areas. The local currency is the baht. Some shops may accept euros and US dollars, but be sure to check the exchange rate before agreeing on a price. ATMs are widely available and credit cards are generally accepted, although it’s best to carry some cash in smaller denominations, especially for taxis, tuk-tuks, and markets.
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