224 Bangkok (Laem Chabang) Cruise Reviews

Spectacular! This is 2-3 hours from port, so we got a hotel room (Asanti Riverside, which was amazing). Arrival time was 11 am (but you will not get off of the ship until between 11:30-noon, as it was very slow getting cleared and always ... Read More
Spectacular! This is 2-3 hours from port, so we got a hotel room (Asanti Riverside, which was amazing). Arrival time was 11 am (but you will not get off of the ship until between 11:30-noon, as it was very slow getting cleared and always is), this was a real bummer and I have no idea why RCCL is so short sighted on this. It should also be on a Saturday and at 6am (or Friday if you have 2 days like we did) so you can see the best floating market (the one available during the week is either in Pattaya (not real, more of a tourist trap) or way out of the way and 3 star at best). We hired a guide who provided a driver (tours by locals) for both days and it was worth every penny. So much to see and it is very hot so an air conditioned van really helped. We also saw way more than we could otherwise with a local. We saw the Grand Palace, Golden Buddah, Emerald Buddah, Reclining Buddah, Canal Ride and some other temples/shrines. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
March 7, 2019 Laem Chabang NCL Jewel South East Asia March 4, 2019 While the nearest city is Pattaya, our plan is to visit Bangkok which is about 130 Kms away. What makes this port (Laem Chabang) a challenge for cruise passengers: - ... Read More
March 7, 2019 Laem Chabang NCL Jewel South East Asia March 4, 2019 While the nearest city is Pattaya, our plan is to visit Bangkok which is about 130 Kms away. What makes this port (Laem Chabang) a challenge for cruise passengers: - There is nothing in the vicinity of Laem Chabang to visit - The sun and heat is intense - There is a very large number of aggressive taxi drivers waving excursion flyer in your face - GRAB (the UBER equivalent) may show a cheaper rate to Bangkok 1,460B (CAD 61), but will show all drivers busy. Busy making more money from cruise passengers. Once all passengers are off ship and left, you might get lucky with GRAB. - The gate is over 1km away, in the middle of nowhere and there is a 400B (CAD17) fee per vehicle coming to the Port, through the gate. Not going out (as one taxi driver tried to discourage me, claiming that I would pay 400B if I walk to exit the gate - hence taxi is cheaper after the gate). - Trying to find transportation outside the gate is equally challenging, as the nearest life form is about an hour's walk from the gate. - Traffic is insane in Bangkok, as our taxi ride leaving at 10.15am ( on Thursday) from Port to Giant Swing (Bangkok) took 3hrs 25min. Our return journey to the Port leaving at 11.30am ( on Friday) took 2 hrs 30min. - Unless you have already booked an excursion, or a taxi ride, your option is to fall in the hands of some opportunist taxi drivers at the Port. I had previously declined an online offer received a week prior, from a reliable taxi service for 1,500B + 400B entrance fee (CAD$80), thinking that I could do better. We finally found a couple who was in the same situation to share the ride. At that time, many of the taxis have left and the cheapest one we could find is 2,500B (CAD$105), as most were just interested in excursions. While the ship docked at 8am, we arrived at the Giant Swing in Bangkok at 1.40pm (Half a day wasted). Good thing that I have booked an Airbnb close by, as our ship leaves the next day at 4pm. The SIM card I purchased a day earlier in Ko Samui worked perfectly well. I had booked a Tuk Tuk hop on hop off, online for 1 day, ideal if you are new to the city, and stay in the centre of attractions, e.g, Wat Pho, Golden Mount, China Town etc. Tuk Tuk operates from 8.30am to 6pm and use their app (hence wifi a must - they will also rent a wifi box) to capture your location, the nearest pickup location, the time of your pickup, and your intended destination. The app is relatively simple to use, and that means of transportation is just perfect, as (1) no need to bargain for taxi or TukTuk, (2) unlimited ride for the day, (3) an overhead cover to escape the intense heat, (4) you can see on the app where your ride is and how long it will take them to meet you and (5) they know exactly where to drop you off. Children under 100cm free, if travel with a paying adult. The cost is 1 passenger 399 Bhat 2 passengers 599 Bhat 3 passengers 699 Bhat (CAD$30) Our first TukTuk stop is to Saphan Hua Chang (River boat stop). We took the boat going West for 10B (CAD $0.50) Per adult (children free). You do not need exact money, as the operator will return you change. This is an interesting boat ride. We got off Phan Fa Lilat Terminal (last stop) and cross the bridge to Golden Mount. Entrance is 50B (CAD $2) Per adult and you climb 244 small steps to get to the top of the Pagoda. Great place to take pictures of the city. Tuk Tuk to Wat Pho, world famous Reclining Buddha. Entrance fee 200B (CAD$8.50) Per adult. A site not to be missed. Tuk Tuk to Grand Palace. Unfortunately, it was closed at 5pm when we arrived. Tuk Tuk to China Town arriving at 6.10pm. It was a pleasant adventure to walk along the different streets in China Town and savour the numerous food stalls. The city came alive and buzzing. Lots of fresh seafood sizzling on the BBQ. The aroma was just too much that we finally gave up authentic Thai food and chose seafood instead. Fresh and so good Bangkok is indeed a great destination to visit. People are courteous and welcoming, proud of their rich culture, splendid architecture and cuisine that you instantly fall in love with. All combine to offer any visitors an unforgettable experience. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Since we have friends and family in the area of Laem Chabang we went with them to Pattaya and Jomtien. However, the trip to Bangkok is a long one and was reported to be very hot (which is to be expected this time of year).
Since we have friends and family in the area of Laem Chabang we went with them to Pattaya and Jomtien. However, the trip to Bangkok is a long one and was reported to be very hot (which is to be expected this time of year). Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We booked a transfer before we travelled to pick us up and take us to Bangkok where we had a hotel booked overnight. The driver then picked us up to return us to the ship the next day. This was so much cheaper than a similar trip with ... Read More
We booked a transfer before we travelled to pick us up and take us to Bangkok where we had a hotel booked overnight. The driver then picked us up to return us to the ship the next day. This was so much cheaper than a similar trip with the ship although there was 4 of us so it made it more reasonable. All went very smoothly so we were very happy. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Private excursion with Thai Tour Guide. Excellent day.. saw Grand Palace, Reclining Buddha, had long tail boat ride and great food.
Private excursion with Thai Tour Guide. Excellent day.. saw Grand Palace, Reclining Buddha, had long tail boat ride and great food. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Practical convenient port to handle big ships efficiently. Road Transport buses and taxis easy available to take you to Pattaya Ayutthaya and Bangkok
Practical convenient port to handle big ships efficiently. Road Transport buses and taxis easy available to take you to Pattaya Ayutthaya and Bangkok Read Less
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
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
Sail Date January 2019
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
Sail Date February 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
Sail Date January 2018
We took a bus from the port to Pattaya about one hour ride, There were plenty of shops a couple of Starbucks. A large mall in front of the bus stop.
We took a bus from the port to Pattaya about one hour ride, There were plenty of shops a couple of Starbucks. A large mall in front of the bus stop. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Did a private Tuk-Tuk Tour at night. Was the best tour of our trip. Wished we had more days in Bangkok!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Did a private Tuk-Tuk Tour at night. Was the best tour of our trip. Wished we had more days in Bangkok!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We had reserved a car with driver to take us to Bangkok, 2 and half hours away. We stayed overnight as we were visiting freinds. We used Oriental Escape, prepaid round trip cost us 5,300 Baht ($160).
We had reserved a car with driver to take us to Bangkok, 2 and half hours away. We stayed overnight as we were visiting freinds. We used Oriental Escape, prepaid round trip cost us 5,300 Baht ($160). Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
I've been to Bangkok before so I spent 2 days in Pattaya shopping, getting massages and eating great local food. Caught a taxi each way for about 900 Bat (shared with 2 others) as no shuttle was provided by the cruise line. Princess ... Read More
I've been to Bangkok before so I spent 2 days in Pattaya shopping, getting massages and eating great local food. Caught a taxi each way for about 900 Bat (shared with 2 others) as no shuttle was provided by the cruise line. Princess cruises provide a shuttle at a cost of about $8 each way from memory). Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Traveled around the city with a friend who lives there, rode on the bikes, ate lots of good food....
Traveled around the city with a friend who lives there, rode on the bikes, ate lots of good food.... Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We were not docked at Laem Chabang which is 1 1/2 hours outside of Bangkok. Because the boat is smaller we were docked in Bangkok on the river. The port is a working port with no facilities, however I woill give up facilities any day to be ... Read More
We were not docked at Laem Chabang which is 1 1/2 hours outside of Bangkok. Because the boat is smaller we were docked in Bangkok on the river. The port is a working port with no facilities, however I woill give up facilities any day to be closer to the city. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We have been before so had a relaxing day onboard the first day then hired a taxi from the stand to take us to an elephant farm, the Temple of Truth and the Floating Market. Had a good day but the driver didn't speak a lot of English. ... Read More
We have been before so had a relaxing day onboard the first day then hired a taxi from the stand to take us to an elephant farm, the Temple of Truth and the Floating Market. Had a good day but the driver didn't speak a lot of English. You get what you pay for, in this case it did not matter as we only needed a driver not a guide. The taxi was very new and comfortable. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
So many highlights. Take the ship shuttle to Central World shopping centre, walk 10 minutes to Siam Sky Train; catch water taxi to Grand Palace, then walk or tuk tuk to reclining Buddah. Alternatively, haggle taxi price at port to go ... Read More
So many highlights. Take the ship shuttle to Central World shopping centre, walk 10 minutes to Siam Sky Train; catch water taxi to Grand Palace, then walk or tuk tuk to reclining Buddah. Alternatively, haggle taxi price at port to go direct to Grand Palace. Whatever the time, it will be crowded. If you've already done this, there are plenty of good museums and other tourist spots. Azamara excursion to floating market is an excellent option for the last half-day in Bangkok. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017

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