Laem Chabang Port
Laem Chabang is Thailand's largest port & is the main container port for Bangkok. It is located two hours to the southeast of Bangkok & about 30 minutes from the resort city of Pattaya.
The larger cruise ships have to dock here because of the shallowness of the Chao Phraya river's Klong Toey Port.
Laem Chabang Port undertook a major program to encourage development outside Bangkok and take advantage of the proximity to the Gulf of Thailand.
Construction began in 1988 and the Laem Chabang container port was completed in 1991.
It's now ranked in the top 20 of the busiest ports in the world. Much of the international shipping reaching Thailand goes through Laem Chabang. The port operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
As a port town, the economy is based on shipping services, as well as retail and tourism. The town is being marketed as an alternative to seedy Pattaya. Sukhumvit Road goes through the town.
Cruise ships using Laem Chabang Port during the 2009-2010 season include Costa Classica, Cunard's Queen Mary 2 & Queen Victoria, HAL's Amsterdam & Volendam, P&O's Arcadia, Diamond Princess, Ocean Princess & Sun Princess, Regent Seven Seas Mariner, Navigator & Voyager, Royal Caribbean's Legend of the Seas, Silver Sea's Shadow & Whisper and Voyages of Discovery.