Why choose a cruise to Laem Chabang?
On a Laem Chabang for Bangkok cruise, you’ll get to see the best that Thailand has to offer. You can enjoy the bar scene at neighbouring Pattaya, or seek out its quieter side; the stunning beaches and tranquil temples. Meanwhile, Bangkok is only an hour-and-a-half’s drive away, so you can easily check out its markets, restaurants and temples.
However, stick closer to port and you’ll find plenty to amuse yourself too. Laem Chabang boasts an amazing space museum, a huge mall, and even a traditional temple. The most picturesque area is the Si Racha district, a few miles from the port, where you’ll find colourful fishing boats and guesthouses on stilts.
A guide to Laem Chabang’s hotspots
For retail therapy, visit the Harbour Mall, which is 10 minutes’ drive from the port. You’ll be treated to seven storeys of shopping opportunities, a food court full of international restaurants, and even an ice rink. There are also several different play zones where kids can blow off some steam.
Make tracks for the Space Inspirium, where fun interactive exhibits and a 3D cinema teach you all about space travel. You can combine it with a trip to the nearby Buddhist temple of Wat Laem Thong, where you can see monks going about their daily prayers.
Head over to the Pattaya, a half-hour drive from Laem Chabang harbour. Wander the Walking Street and you’ll find plenty of shopping, drinking and dining opportunities, alongside a party atmosphere. Sun seekers should head to Pattaya Beach, a curve of soft white sand lapped by cobalt waters. You’ll find sun loungers, water-sports centres, and even floating restaurants.
The highlight of many a Laem Chabang for Bangkok cruise is a trip to Thailand’s capital, a city crammed full of eye-catching attractions. Marvel at the Grand Palace, a vast complex of temples, courtyards and gardens, as well as the Emerald Buddha, a 600-year-old statue carved from a single piece of jade.
Cruise lines that sail to the port of Laem Chabang
The best time to visit Laem Chabang
Visit Laem Chabang in the winter months for warm, sunny weather. In December the temperature averages a balmy 29°C, so you can spend Christmas on the beach.
By April the average temperature is a sizzling 32°C. Plan your trip to coincide with Songkran, the Thai New Year festival celebrated with huge water fights in the streets. To get involved in the soaking, hit up Pattaya’s walking street.
Did you know?
· Si Racha is the birthplace of the famous Sriracha hot sauce
· There are between 1,500-2,000 bars in Pattaya
· Bangkok is renowned for its floating markets, where goods are sold from boats