The capital of lively Thailand, Bangkok is a big place with a lot going on. Mega-malls contrast with temples, neon-lit bars with traditional food carts, and everything is underpinned with a sense of fun that comes par for the course with the friendly Thai people. Tuktuks, motorbike taxis and endless streams of other vehicles roam the streets of the city, transporting locals and tourists to experience the many delights of Bangkok: amazing food, great shopping, nightlife galore and the many festivals hosted there.
What might you do before departing on your cruise out of Bangkok's Laem Chabang port? Take a short Bangkok river cruise to get in the swing of things before boarding a much bigger ship. Witness some traditional Thai dancing in a cultural performance, or see one of the city's famous drag shows. Relax at one of the many spas or massage shops. Sign in for a bike tour, try a tasty cricket or scorpion snack, and take in some impressive temples. Bangkok is guaranteed to entertain!
Bangkok cruise lines and destinations
Currently, the options for Bangkok cruise departures are not far-ranging; many ships stop there, but as yet there are not too many which begin their itineraries there. However, you can board a Regent Seven Seas cruise in the city's port and begin an Asian adventure. The line offers all-inclusive cruises from Bangkok. Other cruise lines which pass through the area include P&O cruises, Celebrity, Carnival, Mystery River cruises and cruises with Princess.
Located on the Gulf of Thailand, Bangkok is handy to a range of wonderful Asian cruise ports. Many head across to Cambodia and Vietnam, and further north to the big cities of China, Japan and Hong Kong. Also within easy reach of a Bangkok cruise are Singapore, the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia - the latter three boasting some stunning beach resorts.
Bangkok cruise port
Ships cruising around Asia from Bangkok will cast off at the commercial port of Laem Chabang, around 2 hours' drive south of the city. There are fixed-price taxis which can get you to the port for your departure, or your cruise line may offer transfers. There are also buses available.
Laem Chabang itself, being a commercial port, does not offer a lot to a visitor, but there is a golf course nearby as well as some beaches at Pattaya.