Bangkok, Thailand

Getting In


By Ship

Laem Chabang Port
Very few visitors come to Bangkok by boat but there are some cruise ships that attend the city. Large ships dock at Laem Chabang Port, located about 90 minutes southeast of Bangkok and 30 minutes north of the beach resort of Pattaya. A taxi service desk is located at the wharf but charges are exorbitant for a trip to Bangkok. It cost about 2,600 baht to charter a taxi (4 passengers) and 5,000 baht for a chartered 11-seat minibus. You can get slightly lower fares by walking out to the main road and get a minibus for about 4,000 baht. You can get better deals for round trips even if returning on the following day.

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Entrance to Laem Chabang Port by Lokomotive74

There are also frequent first and second-class bus services directly connecting Laem Chabang with Bangkok's Eastern Bus Terminal (Ekkamai). Less frequent direct services travel to the Northern Bus Terminal (Mo Chit). A first class air-conditioned bus (blue and white) to either terminals take about 90 minutes and the fare is around 100 baht. You can board southbound buses to Pattaya near the traffic lights in Laem Chabang's Sukhumvit Road. These buses are extremely frequent (at least 10 per hour) and charge less than 50 baht.

Aerial view of Khlong Toei Port by Mattes

Khlong Toey Port
Modest-sized ships may dock further upriver at Khlong Toey Port, which is closer to Bangkok's city centre than Laem Chabang Port. A modest terminal here provides processing for passengers (who may receive Thai customs and immigration processing on-board) and there are "managers" offering tours and taxis to the city. Reaching the major hotels and other points of interest in Bangkok from Khlong Toey Port is much cheaper than from Laem Chabang.

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