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Laem Chabang, Thailand

Laem Chabang (Thai: แหลมฉบัง, pronounced lɛ̌ːm tɕʰābāŋ) is a city (thesaban nakhon) in Chonburi Province, Thailand. It occupies the tambon Bang Lamung of Bang Lamung District, the tambons Bueng, Surasak, Thung Sukhla, and parts of Nong Kham of Si Racha District. 

Laem Chabang has world-class golf courses, such as the Laem Chabang International Country Club designed by Jack Nicklaus.

As a port town, the economy is based on shipping services, as well as retail and tourism. The town is being marketed along with Bang Lamung township as an alternative to Pattaya. Sukhumvit Road passes through the town. Some 200 companies occupy about 1,406 acres (569 ha) in the industrial park. It also has an ExxonMobil refinery.

Laem Chabang, Thailand


Laem Chabang (Thai: แหลมฉบัง, pronounced lɛ̌ːm tɕʰābāŋ) is a city (thesaban nakhon) in Chonburi Province, Thailand. It occupies the tambon Bang Lamung of Bang Lamung District, the tambons Bueng, Surasak, Thung Sukhla, and parts of Nong Kham of Si Racha District. 

Laem Chabang has world-class golf courses, such as the Laem Chabang International Country Club designed by Jack Nicklaus.

As a port town, the economy is based on shipping services, as well as retail and tourism. The town is being marketed along with Bang Lamung township as an alternative to Pattaya. Sukhumvit Road passes through the town. Some 200 companies occupy about 1,406 acres (569 ha) in the industrial park. It also has an ExxonMobil refinery.

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Laem Chabang, Thailand: Port Information

Laem Chabang is home to Thailand's largest port, about 25 kilometers north of Pattaya, and south of the city of Chonburi. The port occupies 2,572 acres (1,041 ha) and is capable of handling the largest (Post-Panamax) vessels.
This port is used to get to Pattaya and Bangkok. It will take you about half an hour to reach the first one and an hour and a half to reach the second one. There are good facilities at the passenger terminal, however, there’s nothing to do in the area.
Smaller liners may dock closer to Bangkok’s center – at Khlong Toei Port.

Get around Laem Chabang, Thailand

Laem Chabang doesn't offer much to see. It's a getaway to Bangkok. Usually, cruise passengers take organized tours/taxis/rent cars to get to Bangkok. 

What to see in Laem Chabang, Thailand

There's not much to see in Laem Chabang. Most travelers use this port as a gateway to Pattaya or Bangkok. 

What to do in Laem Chabang, Thailand

  • Laem Chabang International Country Club. This is considered the finest golf course in the area and ranked among Thailand's top 3 best courses. 
Go shopping or enjoy local cuisine.

However, most cruise travelers go to Pattaya or Bangkok. 

What to eat and drink in Laem Chabang, Thailand


There are many lovely restaurants in Harbor Laemchabang shopping center.

The food alone is really reason enough for a trip to Thailand. Curries, fruit shakes, stir fries, fresh fish made a zillion ways - and that's just the beginning.
Thai cuisine is characterized by balance and strong flavors, especially lime juice, lemon grass and fresh coriander, the combination of which gives Thai food its distinctive taste. In addition, Thai food has a deserved reputation for being spicy, with hot little torpedo-shaped chilies called phrik khii nuu (พริกขี้หนู, lit. "mouse shit chilies") making their way into many a dish. Thais are well aware that these can be more than Westerners can handle and will often ask if you like it hot (เผ็ด phet). Answer "yes" at your own risk! Another condiment that features prominently in Thai cuisine is fish sauce (น้ำปลา naam plaa), a pungent and very salty sauce that is used to flavor a wide variety of dishes.


  • The Pub Asiatico, 53/104 moo. 9 Thung suk la (Around the corner from the Laemchabang city hotel, across from Tally Tower), ☎ 033.031.274. European /Western style pub with great food, good drinks, nice owners and great staff. Lots of fun. 
Tap water is usually not drinkable in Thailand outside of Bangkok. In many places in Bangkok however, particularly in new buildings, drinking tap water is perfectly safe. However, if you don't want to chance it, buying a bottle of water is the obvious solution.
Coconut water (น้ำมะพร้าว naam ma-phrao), iced and drunk directly from a fresh coconut is a cheap and healthy way to cool the body. Available at restaurants and also from fruit juice vendors.

Fruit juices, freezes, and milkshakes of all kinds are very popular with Thais and visitors alike. Thais often add salt to their fruit juices-- an acquired taste that you might just learn to like. Thais also like to have basil seeds in their iced fruit juice sold on the road. They look like small jelly balls down in the bottle.

One of Thailand's most characteristic drinks is Thai iced tea (ชาเย็น chaa yen, lit. "cold tea"). Instantly identifiable thanks to its lurid orange color, this is the side effect of adding ground tamarind seed (or, these days, artificial color) during the curing process. The iced tea is always very strong and very sweet, and usually served with a dash of condensed milk; ask for chaa dam yen to skip the milk.

Naam chaa and chaa jiin are weak and full-strength Chinese tea, often served in restaurants for free. Western-style black tea is chaa ron (ชาร้อน). Coffee (กาแฟ kaafae) is also widely available and is usually served with condensed milk and lots of sugar. Ask for kaafae thung to get traditional filtered "bag" coffee instead of instant.

Starbucks is present in Thailand, but for the moment local competitors Black Canyon Coffee and S&P still have the edge in market share. These are the places to look for if you want that triple-mocha latte with hazelnut swirl and are willing to pay 75 baht for the privilege.
  • Black Canyon Coffee. Is Thailand's home-brewed Starbucks, but while coffee is their mainstay they also offer a limited meal menu. Try the chaa yen (lurid orange Thai iced tea with milk).

Shopping in Laem Chabang, Thailand

  • Harbor Laemchabang is an excellent location for small shopping and food.
In general, Thailand is a shopper's paradise and many visitors to Bangkok in particular end up spending much of their time in the countless markets and malls. Particularly good buys are clothing, both cheap locally produced streetwear and fancy Thai silk, and all sorts of handicrafts. 

You can also find marvelously tacky modern clothing accessories. Witness pink sandals with clear plastic platform heels filled with fake flowers. Night markets along the main roads and Bangkok's Mahboonkrong (MBK) Mall, near the Siam Skytrain stop, are particularly good sources. Not to be left out is what is often touted as the world's biggest weekend bazaar - The Chatuchak Weekend Market or known to locals simply as "JJ" Market. Chatuchak sells a myriad of products ranging from clothes to antiques, covers over 35 acres (1.1km²) and is growing by the day!

Haggling is the norm and often market and road-side vendors will try to charge you as much as they think you can afford to pay. It's not uncommon to buy something, walk outside, and find somebody who bought the same item for half or one third what you paid (or even less). Try to figure out the item's rough value first. Adjacent stalls, government-run fixed price shops, and even hotel gift shops are a good starting point. You'll find that prices drop drastically when the seller realizes you have some idea of what it costs.

Safety in Laem Chabang, Thailand

The number one cause of death for visitors to Thailand is motorbike accidents. Drive defensively, wear a helmet, don't drink and avoid travel at night. Violent crime is in general rare, and the foreigners who get into trouble are typically those that get into drunken fights.

Thailand has more than its fair share of scams, but most are easily avoided with some common sense.

Theravada Buddhism is an integral part of Thai culture, and it is customary for Buddhist monks to roam the streets collecting alms in the morning. The presence of foreign tourists unaware of local Buddhist customs has led to some imposters preying on unsuspecting visitors. Genuine monks only go on alms rounds in the morning, as they are not allowed to eat after noon, and are also not allowed to accept or touch money. Alms bowls are solely for the purpose of collecting food. If you see a "monk" soliciting monetary donations, or with money in his alms bowl, he is fake.

Make a photocopy of your passport and the page with your visa stamp. A picture of your passport, shot from your phone, will work as well. Always keep your passport or the photocopy with you (the law requires that you carry your actual passport at all times, but in practice, a photocopy will usually suffice). 

Motorbike rental places are likely to ask for your passport as collateral. Leaving another document (drivers license, int. drivers license, the second passport, ID card) might be the better option. Or consider offering a cash deposit instead.

Do not get into fights with Thais. Foreigners will eventually be outnumbered 15 to 1 (even against Thai people not initially involved) and weapons (metals, sharp objects, beer bottles, martial arts) are usually involved. Trying to break up someone else's fight is a bad idea, and your intention to help may get you hurt.

Being a tropical country, Thailand has its fair share of exotic tropical diseases. Malaria is generally not a problem in any of the major tourist destinations. As is the case throughout Southeast Asia, dengue fever can be encountered just about anywhere, including the most modern cities. The only prevention is avoiding mosquito bites. Wear long pants and long sleeves at dusk in mosquito areas and use repellent (available at any corner shop or pharmacy).

Food hygiene levels in Thailand are reasonably high, and it's generally safe to eat at street markets and to drink any water offered to you in restaurants. Using common sense — e.g., avoiding the vendor who leaves raw meat sitting in the sun with flies buzzing around — and following the precautions is still advisable.

The sun is harsher than at higher latitudes. A couple of hours in the sun with unprotected skin will result in redness and a painful night even on a cloudy day.

Language spoken in Laem Chabang, Thailand

The official language of Thailand is Thai. Thai is a tonal language (such as the difference in your voice when saying "yes" versus "yes?") which can make it tricky to learn quickly, but everyone will appreciate any attempt you do make so pick up a phrasebook and give it a go. Thai is a language with many dialects, though the Bangkok dialect, also known as Central Thai, is used as the standard and is taught in all schools. Language schools can be found in all larger Thai cities, including Bangkok and Phuket.

Public signage is generally bilingual, written in both Thai and English. There is also some prevalence of Japanese and Chinese signs. Where there is English, it will usually be fairly phonetic - for example "Sawatdee" (meaning hello) is pronounced just as it reads: sa-wat-dee. There is no universal agreement on how to transcribe Thai letters that don't have an English equivalent, so Khao San Road, for example, is also commonly spelled Kao Sarn, Kao Sahn, Khao San, Koh Saan, Khaosan, and many other variations. Maps with names in both Thai and English make it easier for locals to try and help you.

Most Thais learn English in school, so many young people have a basic grasp of English, although few are fluent. Most "front desk" people in the travel industry speak at least enough English to communicate, and many are relatively fluent; some also speak one or more other languages popular with their clientèle, such as Chinese, Japanese, German, etc.

Many Thais have trouble pronouncing the consonant clusters of the English language. The common confusion comes from the fact that Thais often pronounce "twenty" as "TEH-wen-ty", making it sound like they're saying "seventy". Therefore it is a good idea to make use of the calculators that street vendors may offer you to avoid confusion about the prices offered when buying goods.


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