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9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Enjoyable and tiring day. Did Wat Po then the Grand Palace. After that took a river boat along the river then a Turk Tuk to the designated pick up point. All very enjoyable.
Enjoyable and tiring day. Did Wat Po then the Grand Palace. After that took a river boat along the river then a Turk Tuk to the designated pick up point. All very enjoyable. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
The only problem with the tour is where Seabourn docked; it took 3 hours to bet to Bangkok and 3 hours to get back. Silver Seas docks right in the city.
The only problem with the tour is where Seabourn docked; it took 3 hours to bet to Bangkok and 3 hours to get back. Silver Seas docks right in the city. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
Hired private driver. Thought it was only 1hr to Bangkok from dock but was actually 2hr. Some friends who went on ship tour via bus said it was 5+ hours round trip. We were lucky to have great driver & guide. Got back to ship 45min ... Read More
Hired private driver. Thought it was only 1hr to Bangkok from dock but was actually 2hr. Some friends who went on ship tour via bus said it was 5+ hours round trip. We were lucky to have great driver & guide. Got back to ship 45min before it left. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We shared a transfer to Bangkok with 8 other Cruise Critic folks, which was fab. My only disappointment was that the ship wasn’t in port for longer…we had a full day there, but had to be back early enough the next day that we ... Read More
We shared a transfer to Bangkok with 8 other Cruise Critic folks, which was fab. My only disappointment was that the ship wasn’t in port for longer…we had a full day there, but had to be back early enough the next day that we didn’t really have time to do anything that morning. Read Less
16 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
The ship tries to tell you that Laem Chabang is the port for Bangkok, but in fact it’s a 2 ½ hr drive to Bangkok. Public transportation is complicated and takes even longer. So if you don’t want to stay on the ship, you have no choice ... Read More
The ship tries to tell you that Laem Chabang is the port for Bangkok, but in fact it’s a 2 ½ hr drive to Bangkok. Public transportation is complicated and takes even longer. So if you don’t want to stay on the ship, you have no choice but to book an excursion, organize your own tour, or use a taxi. The ship’s excursion is expectedly over-priced. We joined a one-day tour organized through Cruise Critic roll call. This has to be done ahead of time. The tour was OK except it was a very long day with the 5 hr travelling time. The port is a cargo port and there’s no port facilities. The nearest shopping mall is almost two miles away. Travelling by bus or taxi to Pattaya is another option. Leisurely wandering around the port area is not. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Well worth the drive to this amazing place. The Summer Palace was disappointing as it was so new after the beauty of Ayutthaya.
Well worth the drive to this amazing place. The Summer Palace was disappointing as it was so new after the beauty of Ayutthaya. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
We had a river cruise along the river of Kings with lunch. A great way to return to the city after the Summer Palace.
We had a river cruise along the river of Kings with lunch. A great way to return to the city after the Summer Palace. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
The port is good 2 hrs to Bangkok, you need to use the ship's bus service to get into town. Plan on much more time than needed to get to any tours, Bangkok traffic is one of the worst in Asia. It's not unusual to take 30 minutes ... Read More
The port is good 2 hrs to Bangkok, you need to use the ship's bus service to get into town. Plan on much more time than needed to get to any tours, Bangkok traffic is one of the worst in Asia. It's not unusual to take 30 minutes to travel 2-4 miles in central Bangkok. We stay over night and booked our own bike and boat tours and saved a lot comparing to ships tours, at next night's dinner we find out later we did and see more that's the's own offerings. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
The port for Bangkok is Laem Chabang, so we were docked overnight. We had spent several days in Bangkok before the cruise, so we did not go back. We had a hard time finding something to do for the two days we were here. However, on the ... Read More
The port for Bangkok is Laem Chabang, so we were docked overnight. We had spent several days in Bangkok before the cruise, so we did not go back. We had a hard time finding something to do for the two days we were here. However, on the first day, we took a taxi to Silver Lake Winery. It was not easy to find a taxi to take us there because they all wanted you to do a tour. We did find a taxi however, and enjoyed the winery tour and even bought a bottle of wine. It was not confiscated, but we were saving it for Hong Kong anyway. On day 2 we had an independent tour to Pattaya with Oriental Escape. We were happy with their services. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2018
Used ship transfer then did our own thing. Did homework before we went booked hotel and did a recce for what we wanted to do. Not much time but we got back to transfer in plenty of time you must allow for this.
Used ship transfer then did our own thing. Did homework before we went booked hotel and did a recce for what we wanted to do. Not much time but we got back to transfer in plenty of time you must allow for this. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
We had almost 2 full days near Bangkok. Due to a naval vessel using our berth in Laem Chabang, we actually docked in Sri Racha nearby. This complicated things getting off the ship as many people had booked tours and had to rearrange. ... Read More
We had almost 2 full days near Bangkok. Due to a naval vessel using our berth in Laem Chabang, we actually docked in Sri Racha nearby. This complicated things getting off the ship as many people had booked tours and had to rearrange. Because I've been to Bangkok before, we did this port on our own. In Sri Racha, buses out of the industrial port were provided. There were a bunch of taxis, but seemed to be all the same company so negotiating a lower rate was more challenging. It is cheaper to arrange a round trip than a one-way. Another couple and we shared a cab to Bangkok, about 2 hours away. Our driver agreed to take us to a hotel we had booked, drive us around Bangkok, and take us back for a total of $180 USD ($45pp). I had read cabs were $50 each way, but we were unable to negotiate down...maybe because of the different arrival port. Although the driver would take us around the city, it is so big and congested that it takes forever by car. So we ended up dismissing our driver and using public transit...tuk tuks, river ferry, canal taxi, and MRT, which was faster and more interesting. Because of the timing getting off the ship, the distance to Bangkok, and traffic, we barely missed getting into the Grand Palace, which closes its gates for the last tours at 3:30pm. Also note that there is a dress code for the palace and various temples for both men and women. We were able to get to Wat Pho (the reclining Buddha) and Wat Arun across the river before they closed. We stayed in the Sukhumvit area, which has a happening nightlife and lots of restaurants. Because of our short schedule the next day, we didn't feel we had enough time to get to the palace and back, so we spent the time in Sukhumvit. Our ship repositioned to the Laem Chabang port the afternoon of the first day, so our cab took us back there. There was a cruise terminal, but our ship was not next to it, so I don't know if it had much. While I loved Bangkok on a previous trip, the compressed schedule and distance from the port made it feel very rushed and less fulfilling. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
The ship is docked in an industrial port. No way to get around without taking an excursion or using the few "taxi" drivers available outside. They have their private cars and is overcharging, but still cheaper than an excursion. ... Read More
The ship is docked in an industrial port. No way to get around without taking an excursion or using the few "taxi" drivers available outside. They have their private cars and is overcharging, but still cheaper than an excursion. We decided Bangkok was not worth the 3h trip (one way), so first day we went to Pattaya. This took 1h and Pattaya is a really discusting place unless you want to pay for thai girls. We instead took the ferry to Koh Larn. This was better, but still very crowded on the "monkey beach" we went to and people (mostly russians) was rude. Second day we instead took a short taxi ride (25 min) to the city of Siracha. From her the ferry to Koh Sichan. Turns out no tourists on this ferry and island was just perfectly beautiful with the big chinese temple and royal garden. Also the beach had crystal clear waters with some snorkeling and the restaurant was cheap. We hired a TukTuk for an entire Baht for just 250 Baht! go there! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
We went to Pattaya one day and Harbour Mall the next for a wee shop. The first day we used the taxi/bus service in the port hall, the next day we walked outside the gates and got a private taxi...it was cheaper but obviously not without ... Read More
We went to Pattaya one day and Harbour Mall the next for a wee shop. The first day we used the taxi/bus service in the port hall, the next day we walked outside the gates and got a private taxi...it was cheaper but obviously not without risks. Our driver was lovely, picked us up at the designated time and place like we arranged. We got back early and enjoyed the ships facilities without the crowds....quite the treat! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
Another six guests in a private taxi. We left the ship at 7:30 a.m. and returned at 9:30 p.m. We loved the boat ride to the King's Barges and saw the sights from the river. Visited Grand Palace - a must see, and had Pad Thai for ... Read More
Another six guests in a private taxi. We left the ship at 7:30 a.m. and returned at 9:30 p.m. We loved the boat ride to the King's Barges and saw the sights from the river. Visited Grand Palace - a must see, and had Pad Thai for lunch and dinner! Read Less

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