The port of Laem Chabang acts as the gateway to Bangkok for those who are enjoying a cruise around the Thai coast, offering the opportunity to explore one of the most visited cities anywhere in the world.
Situated at the mouth of the Chao Phraya River, Bangkok is the largest city in the country and is popular with tourists for a multitude of reasons; most notably its exotic temples and impressive palaces.
It is a combination of those two things that is arguably the biggest draw for foreign visitors, with the Grand Palace complex in the heart of the city being regarded as one of the ‘must see’ attractions for anyone visiting Thailand.
Having previously been the official residence of the Thai monarch, the Grand Palace is still used for a number of state functions every year and is home to a number of impressive buildings – including the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.
Wat Phra Keo may be the most sacred Buddhist temple to be found in Thailand but it is far from the only religious monument worth visiting – with the likes of Wat Pho and Wat Arun both extremely popular.
Those who want to explore Thailand’s history and culture will enjoy the chance to visit the Bangkok National Museum or the National Gallery, whilst the Jim Thompson House is a popular option for those who want to explore art showcased in the complex of buildings put together by the American businessman.
Even though you are enjoying a holiday on the high seas, you may want to spend more time on the water with a cruise on Bangkok’s canal network or on the Chao Phraya – which may include the chance to head of the city to take in some of the surrounding landscapes.
Whilst in Bangkok, you can also sample top class Thai cuisine and enjoy some retail therapy in everything from large international department stores to bustling and busy markets lining the streets.