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Laem Chabang

Much of Laem Chabang's old laid-back charm remains, despite its rapid transformation into the country's 'Riviera' - a major gateway for visiting cruise guests. Located on Thailand's east coast, this tranquil region of fruit orchards, gem mines and oyster and orchid farms, is now also a great place for swimming, snorkelling and experiencing traditional Thai village life.

You will be hard pressed to know what to do first when you visit the fascinating nearby capital of Bangkok, a treasury of old temples, fine palaces and extravagant art.

For a taste of Old Asia, tour the fabulously ornate buildings of the Grand Palace, where you will see Buddha statues exquisitely worked in ivory, crystal, silver and gold. Or the Royal Barge Museum - home to the splendid vessels used in royal processions.

For shoppers, Bangkok has everything from fake designer good to fine antiques. Barter your way around the markets of Sukhumvit Road and Siam, or browse the traditional shops on Chinatown's Chareon Krung Road.

 

Shore excursions in Laem Chabang

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

A Glimpse of Bangkok

Activity lowMeal includedShopping

Duration: 8½ hours

An ideal option for those who want to see the sights of Bangkok, with a little less walking.

Visit the inner part of Bangkok on your city sightseeing drive, including the Jessadabordin Ground, where you’ll see a very beautiful, Thai architectural-styled, open pavilion. You’ll also be able to view the Golden Stupa Mountain Temple, the Radchanadda Temple, the Old Fort and City Wall.

Enjoy a drive past the Monument of Democracy, Sunday Ground, the Grand Palace, the City Pillar, Ministry of Defence and the Reclining Buddha Temple, before visiting the Suthat Temple. This is notable for its impressive murals, intricately designed doors and a 26 foot tall Buddha image. View the Giant Red Swing which men used, some 49 foot high, to catch bags of gold with their teeth during a ceremony for the Hindu God, Shiva.

Stop for photos at the beautiful Marble Temple, drive by the Chitlada Palace, home to the much-loved King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit, and enjoy some shopping at a local store.

An international and Thai style buffet lunch will be served at a leading hotel.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. It is mainly a panoramic drive with visits to Suthat and Marble Temples only. There will be walking at both Temples and some steps. Photo stops will be made where permitted and depending on traffic. The journey time from the port to Bangkok is approximately 2½ hours. There is a strict dress code for visiting temples in Bangkok and you will be refused entry if not appropriately dressed. Please wear tops with sleeves and full length trousers or skirts. Shoulders, knees and ankles must be covered.

Arts of the Kingdom, Tuk Tuk & Shopping

Activity highShopping

Duration: 9 hours

Visit the ‘Arts of the Kingdom’ exhibition, the Reclining Buddha and enjoy a tuk tuk ride and a spot of shopping.

Your visit to Bangkok begins at one of the oldest and largest Buddhist temples in Bangkok, Wat Pho. The temple houses a magnificent Reclining Buddha image measuring 141 foot long and 49 foot high. As the 3rd largest Reclining Buddha image in Thailand, you’ll be amazed at the sheer size and detail that make up this striking image.

Afterwards, hop aboard a tuk tuk for a fun and colourful journey to the Anantasamakom Throne Hall, host of the ‘Arts of the Kingdom’ exhibition.

This wonderful exhibition depicts Thailand’s heritage through unique and exquisite Thai crafts, created by craftsman from the Support Foundation. The foundation was established in 1976 by Queen Sirikit to promote local arts and crafts and provide further income for poor farm families. Each display reflects outstanding craftsmanship, with some pieces taking up to 2 years to complete.

Round off your tour at the MBK Shopping Centre, which boasts around 2,000 stores and a number of restaurants. You’ll have around 2½ hours to purchase lunch and indulge in a spot of shopping, before the return journey to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach, tuk tuk and on foot. This excursion does not include lunch. Photography or filming is not permitted inside the Anantasamakom Throne Hall. There is also a strict dress code: women are required to wear full length dresses or skirts and tops with sleeves. Men are required to wear full length trousers and tops with sleeves, entry will be refused if you are not appropriately dressed. Bags are not permitted inside and must be left on the coach. Audio guides will be provided at Anantasamakom Throne Hall, as guiding is not permitted inside. Each tuk tuk seats 2-3 passengers. The journey to Bangkok is approximately 2½ hours each way. Thai Baht is recommended, as it is not always possible to pay with US dollars.

Bangkok in a Day

Activity highMeal includedShopping

Duration: 9¼ hours

See all the highlights of the fabled city during this fast-paced tour of Bangkok. An experience not to be missed.

Be dazzled by the immense size of the 5½ ton, solid-gold Golden Buddha image, housed in the Wat Trimitr. Drive through the bustle of Chinatown and a colourful local flower market, before the Emerald Buddha Temple comes into view. Housed in the Wat Pra Keo, this is one of Buddhism’s most magnificent monasteries.

Explore the grounds of the Grand Palace and experience the grandeur of an ancient Siamese court where kings and queens used to reside hundreds of years ago. Beautifully situated, the Palace grounds encompass several major buildings, all topped by glittering spires and soaring finials.

After your morning’s explorations, an international and Thai buffet lunch will be served at a leading hotel.

To round off your tour before the journey back to Laem Chabang, a stop will be made at a local jewellery and souvenir shop.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 2 hours of walking during this tour including many steps at the temples. Comfortable, non-slip shoes are recommended. Photography is permitted within the Palace grounds, but not in the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. There is a strict dress code for visiting temples in Bangkok and you will be refused entry if not appropriately dressed. Please wear tops with sleeves and full length trousers or skirts. Shoulders, knees and ankles must be covered. Shoes must be removed prior to entering the temple hall. The Palace grounds may be closed at short notice due to royal functions. Due to parking restrictions, passengers are required to walk approximately 500 metres each way from the parking area to the entrance of the Grand Palace. Journey time to Bangkok is approximately 2½ hours. Thai Baht are recommended as it is not always possible to pay with US dollars.

Bangkok in a Day - Small Group

Activity highMeal includedShopping

Duration: 9 hours

Choose this option if you prefer to take this tour in a smaller group.

Be dazzled by the immense size of the 5½ ton, solid-gold Golden Buddha image, housed in the Wat Trimitr. Drive through the bustle of Chinatown and a colourful local flower market, before the Emerald Buddha Temple comes into view. Housed in the Wat Pra Keo, this is one of Buddhism’s most magnificent monasteries.

Explore the grounds of the Grand Palace and experience the grandeur of an ancient Siamese court where kings and queens used to reside hundreds of years ago. Beautifully situated, the Palace grounds encompass several major buildings, all topped by glittering spires and soaring finials.

After your morning’s explorations, an international and Thai buffet lunch will be served at a leading hotel.

To round off your tour before the journey back to Laem Chabang, a stop will be made at a local jewellery and souvenir shop.

Essential information

This tour will operate by minivan and on foot. Early booking is advised. Each minivan can accommodate 8 passengers. There is approximately 2 hours of walking during this tour including many steps at the temples. Children may not participate. Comfortable, non-slip shoes are recommended. Photography is permitted within the Palace grounds, but not in the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. There is a strict dress code for visiting temples in Bangkok and you will be refused entry if not appropriately dressed. Please wear tops with sleeves and full length trousers or skirts. Shoulders, knees and ankles must be covered. Shoes must be removed prior to entering the temple hall. The Palace grounds may be closed at short notice due to royal functions. Due to parking restrictions, passengers are required to walk approximately 500 metres each way from the parking area to the entrance of the Grand Palace. Journey time to Bangkok is approximately 2½ hours. Thai Baht are recommended as it is not always possible to pay with US dollars.

Bangkok On Your Own

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 9 hours

The city of Bangkok never fails to amaze; even if you have already visited, you’ll undoubtedly want to return to discover more.

Arriving in Bangkok, you’ll disembark your coach at the centrally located Asia Hotel. With a sky train station accessible from the second floor and shopping centres just a stone’s throw away, it is very convenient for you to plan any activity for the day. You’ll be able to enjoy your time as you please and have lunch at leisure.

Recently, Bangkok has changed into a modern, exciting and sophisticated city. It offers not only the cosmopolitan amenities, but also a unique treasure trove of cultural attractions. The city is dotted with over 400 glittering Buddhist temples, magnificent palaces, numerous shopping centres and areas where traditional lifestyles still exist.

At the time specified by your escort, your coach will depart from the designated pick-up point for the return drive to Laem Chabang.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This excursion is non-guided and excludes lunch and entrance fees. The drive between Laem Chabang and Bangkok is approximately 2½ hours, subject to traffic conditions. Maps will be provided. Thai Baht are recommended as it is not always possible to pay with US dollars. Money exchange facilities are available at the Asia Hotel and surrounding areas. The coach drop off point is not located within the vicinity of the main sites due to traffic restrictions.

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