Bangkok, Thailand

Location:

Most cruise ships dock in Laem Chabang, about a 2 hour ride away from Bangkok. Laem Chabang itself has nothing to offer.

 

Facilities at Laem Chabang Port or Phuket Port can effectively be described at best as sub-standard. Most of the ships continue to arrive in container ports with no proper facilities. Phuket town is only 15 minutes from the port. While in other areas, it is possible to arrange free shuttle busses for cruise guests, Phuket taxis’ union managed to block such a service to be sure that they can overcharge tourists…

 

For those who are not afraid: Frequent first and second class bus services directly connect Laem Chabang with Ekamai (Bangkok’s Eastern Bus Terminal, on Sukhumvit); less frequent direct services run to Moh Chit (Bangkok’s Northern Bus Terminal). A first class air-con bus (blue and white) to either will usually take 90 minutes or less; the fare is around 100 baht. A good way to make the most of a quick visit is to board an Ekamai bus and then disembark early at the On Nut Skytrain Station on Sukhumvit Road in Bangkok (the bus will always pause here provided a passenger requests it); in the opposite direction, use the Ekamai Skytrain Station and board the bus at the terminus. To get to or return from the Chatuchak Weekend Market, use the Moh Chit bus instead.

 

A taxi service desk is available on the wharf, but charges extortionate prices. There is no currency exchange or ATM in port, forcing many passengers to pay in $, when ordering a taxi.

 

Some smaller ships dock in Klong Toey Port right in the heart of Bangkok.

Sightseeing:

Fascinating, vibrant, colorful, and at times even mind-boggling… Welcome to Bangkok, where gleaming skyscrapers grace the skyline alongside dazzling, historical temples, and luxury hotels. Where a wrinkly garland maker plies her trade outside a posh five-star mall. Past, present and future live harmoniously together. Indeed, Bangkok has it all; it’s a sensory thrill that never ceases to delight.

From floating markets and fruit carvings to robed monks and the infamous tuk-tuks, postcard images abound. But, to experience the true marvels of this city of contrast and diversity, take a deeper look – far beyond the visual images you are familiar with even before your plane touches down.

While you’re in Bangkok, make sure to make the most of the city’s famous nightlife, experience the excitement of a Muay Thai boxing match, or the glitz and glam of a lady boy show. Perhaps an elegant dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya River tickles your fancy? What about treating yourself to a legendary Thai massage and rejuvenating spa treatment, bound to elevate you to heavenly bliss? And then, of course, bargain shopping galore! This – and much, much more – is Bangkok. Explore. Experience. Discover its hidden secrets.

 

Most of Bangkok’s sights are concentrated in the “Old City” on Rattanakosin Island. Out of Bangkok’s many temples, the following usually make the top 3:

 

  • Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn).
  • The Grand Palace, featuring Wat Phra Kaew (The Temple of the Emerald Buddha).
  • Wat Pho, home of the world’s largest reclining Buddha and a famed massage school.

Tours/Excursions/Transportation:

The high relative humidity and warm temperatures is for most westerners a reason to partake in organized excursions.

 

Taxis are a quick and comfortable way to get around town, at least if the traffic is flowing your way. Traffic can be horrendous.

 

If this is your first time in Bangkok, take a cruise organized tour, the city is overwhelming.

 

If you have a 2-day stop here, it might be advantagious to book an hotel, with riverview if possible, and find out if they can arrange transportation back and forth to port. Please allow at least 3 hours to get back to your ship, it is only a 90 minute ride, but Bangkok traffic is chaotic at best.

Nearby Places:

If you want to get out of the city for a while, there are plenty of day trip options from Bangkok.

  • Ayutthaya – Ancient capital showcasing its many ruins, 1.5 hours away by bus or train.
  • Bang Pa-In – Magnificent Royal Palace makes for a pleasant day trip.
  • Kanchanaburi Province – Some good national parks and the infamous Burma Death Railway.
  • Ko Kret – island in Nonthaburi Province, upriver from Bangkok, makes a pleasant day trip out of the concrete jungle.
  • Pattaya is only 30 minutes by taxi, $40, from port. If you stay overnight: Ruen Thai resembles traditional Thai village buildings. Its draw at night is that in addition to food, it offers free entertainment. Kickboxing, an acrobat with flames, traditional Thai ceremonial dancing.

Most of these trips however leave very early in the morning in order to beat traffic.

Shopping and Food:

Bangkok is full of shopping malls and street markets of all types, especially in the Sukhumvit area; see the section for details. Prices can be cheap by Western standards, especially for locally produced items such as clothes, although bargaining is expected and required.

Night Market: Hugely popular with tourists & locals alike is the open air Suan Lum Night Bazaar. This is a large and colorful market offering bargains on everything from clothes, bags, crockery to organic foods. A smaller, cooler and cleaner version of Chatuchak – same wares sold for 20% more. There is a large food court with a live band every night. Beer seems to be the official beverage of this place – lots of beer gardens here.

Currency:

The local currency is the Thai Baht, which is divided into 100 satang. ATM’s everywhere.

Communication:

The national language is Thai. However, English is widely understood and some Chinese dialects are also spoken.

The cruise terminal has paid wifi.

Opening Hours and Holidays:

1 Jan New Year’s Day.
Magha Bucha Day.
6 Apr Chakri Day.
13-15 Apr Songkran (Thai New Year).
1 May Labour Day.
5 May Coronation Day.
Visakha Bucha.
1 Jul Mid Year Bank Holiday.
Khao Phansa Day (Buddhist Lent).
12 Aug HM The Queen’s Birthday.
23 Oct Chulalongkorn Day.
5 Dec HM The King’s Birthday.
10 Dec Constitution Day.
31 Dec New Year’s Eve.

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