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3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
We got into port and paid for coach to Pattya laid on by the port. Pattaya is what you might expect. Hot with beach lots of drinking places and a bit seedy. The giant buddas just at top of town worth a look
We got into port and paid for coach to Pattya laid on by the port. Pattaya is what you might expect. Hot with beach lots of drinking places and a bit seedy. The giant buddas just at top of town worth a look Read Less
23 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
Lost one day as we docked late in Laem Chabang - over 2.5 hours away each way. This tour was extremely rushed - I spent 2 days here and feel need to come back to actually see and appreciate Bangkok.
Lost one day as we docked late in Laem Chabang - over 2.5 hours away each way. This tour was extremely rushed - I spent 2 days here and feel need to come back to actually see and appreciate Bangkok. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
Loved Bangkok itself but didn’t have enough time there. It’s quite a journey to Bangkok from the port (over 2 hours each way). Not much near the port. Maybe go to Pattaya and spend longer there??
Loved Bangkok itself but didn’t have enough time there. It’s quite a journey to Bangkok from the port (over 2 hours each way). Not much near the port. Maybe go to Pattaya and spend longer there?? Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
Hired driver for 12 hours - great tour. Took us to the Floating Market, Temples and to the shopping area. Very inexpensive and probably better that what the cruise line could offer.
Hired driver for 12 hours - great tour. Took us to the Floating Market, Temples and to the shopping area. Very inexpensive and probably better that what the cruise line could offer. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
Overpriced excursions to Bangkok involved hours on coaches so we chose a local coach to Pattaya instead. Mass market holiday resort. Plenty to see, much of it enjoyable. We found warm sea and good food so Pattaya is probably what you make ... Read More
Overpriced excursions to Bangkok involved hours on coaches so we chose a local coach to Pattaya instead. Mass market holiday resort. Plenty to see, much of it enjoyable. We found warm sea and good food so Pattaya is probably what you make it. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 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
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
Again having been to Bangkok previously we decided to do our own thing,the bus journey from the port into Bangkok took approximately two and a half hours
Again having been to Bangkok previously we decided to do our own thing,the bus journey from the port into Bangkok took approximately two and a half hours Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
Bangkok was fantastic to see but you only get about 3 hours to tour because it takes 3 hours to drive to Bangkok and 3 hours back. Traffic is horrible once you get near the City. Princess needs a lot more time in port to make this tour ... Read More
Bangkok was fantastic to see but you only get about 3 hours to tour because it takes 3 hours to drive to Bangkok and 3 hours back. Traffic is horrible once you get near the City. Princess needs a lot more time in port to make this tour stop worth while. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
Bangkok is an amazing city. Visit the Reclining Budah and the Royal Palace. The Calypso Caberet should not be missed.
Bangkok is an amazing city. Visit the Reclining Budah and the Royal Palace. The Calypso Caberet should not be missed. Read Less

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