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Bangkok, Thailand

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Overview

Bangkok, commonly known in Thailand as Krung Thep, is the capital of Thailand. What was once a small trading post is now the largest urban area in Thailand, and is a social, political and economic center of much of Southeast Asia and Indochina. Being a major city, Bangkok's population is quite internationally mixed (as there are many Western, Indian and Chinese residents now living there).

Cruise ships don't actually dock in Bangkok. They use nearby Laem Chabang as their port of call, as it's home to the largest port in Thailand. Bangkok is about a 90-minute drive from the cruise port. There are actually world class golf courses in this area.

On average, the hottest month of the year in Bangkok is August, with an average daily high of 35°C (although it's usually pretty hot all year long). The coldest month of the year (on average) is December, with an average daily high of 31°C. September and October get the most precipitation, while the precipitation levels are quite low from December through April.


Destinations
The following destinations can be visited on a cruise leaving from Bangkok, Thailand (via Laem Chabang):
Asia


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Via Laem Chabang, Vietnam:
Oceania Cruises
Princess Cruises



Currency
The official currency of Thailand is the Baht (THB). Using a credit card whenever possible is a great way to avoid having to exchange currency. ATM machines are available, but make sure you use one that works with the card you're using.


Language
The official language of Thailand is Thai. English is actually taught in many schools, so many of the locals understand and speak it...but don't count on it, unless you're in one of the main tourist areas.


Tourist Attractions
Most of the famous places to see in Bangkok are located in its "Old City" area, on Rattanakosin Island. The Phra Nakhon district of Bangkok
is where many of the city's government buildings are located, as well as many historical and cultural buildings.

Located in the Phra Nakhon district is the Grand Palace, the residence of the King of Thailand from the 18th century through the mid-20th century. The Grand Palace is made up of an amazing set of buildings with impressive architecture. This palace is located along the Chao Phraya River. Located on the grounds of the Grand Palace is the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand, Wat Phra Kaew (The Temple of the Emerald Buddha). The construction of this very decorated temple started all the way back in 1785. Long pants are required to enter the temple. Wat Pho, also known as The Temple of the Reclining Buddha, is another famous temple in Bangkok. This temple is located adjacent to the Grand Palace and is known as being the birthplace of the traditional Thai massage.

The Erawan Shrine is a famous Hindu shrine in Bangkok. Within the shrine is a statue of Phra Phrom, the Thai version of the Hindu god Brahma. Erawan is Brahma's Elephant (in case you were wondering). Traditional Thai dancing is performed there. No admission fees are charged! This shrine is located in the Pathumwan district, one of the more important business districts of Bangkok.

There are many markets in Bangkok. They're a fun and exciting place to go to shop and people watch. The Chatucak Weekend Market is a very large and popular place to go for such things. The open air Suan Lum Night Bazaar is another great option.

Created in the 1920s, Lumpini Park is a large (140-acre) park in Bangkok, offering a nice break from the busy city life. There is a lake in this park that has boat rentals available. Mounted policemen patrol this area of the city, and the city's first public library and dance hall are located within its grounds. Live concerts occasionally take place in this area.

Ayutthaya is the ancient capital of Thailand. It's located about 90-minutes (by bus or train) from Bangkok. Tours are available of this interesting area, through various temples and ruins. Located in Ayutthaya province is the Bang Pa-In Royal Palace (also known as the Summer Palace). Coming to this palace is a popular day trip for those visiting Bangkok for a few days.

Bangkok's nightlife has become quite notorious. Because of this most bars and clubs are now required to close by 1 am. The Silom district is a popular nightlife area. Be careful if you decide to party, and be sure to have your ID on you in case the police check you for it.


The Bangkok Skytrain is an elevated transportation system in Thailand. It's a great way to get around the city, avoiding the traffic and congestion on the streets.


Port Location
The cruise ship terminal is located in the nearby city of Laem Chabang. It's about a 90-minute drive between Bangkok and the cruise port in Laem Chabang. There are taxis located at the pier, but they can be quite expensive. It's recommended to take the cruise line offered transfers, as they are usually more affordable (and reliable) than doing it on your own.
 
Bangkok Aerial at Night
Bangkok Aerial at Night
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The Grand Palace
The Grand Palace
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Bangkok Skytrain
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Wat Phra Kaew
Wat Phra Kaew
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Brahma Statue in Erawan Shrine
The Brahma Statue (inside the Erawan Shrine)
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Lumpini Park
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Ayutthaya
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Bang Pa-In Royal Palace
Bang Pa-In Royal Palace



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