Located on the Eastern Seaboard of Thailand, the port of Laem Chabang is the largest of the many ports in Thailand and has the capability to handle the largest ships currently operating. The city of Laem Chabang is located between Pattaya in the south and Chonburi to the north.
Facts of Port of Laem Chabang
Laem Chabang is a relatively new port. Its construction was initiated in 1987 with the intention of creating more development outside of and away from Bangkok. Completion of the first phase of the port was finished in 1991.
Overall operational responsibility for the port is under the auspices of the Port Authority of Thailand (PAT) but the vast majority of the day to day management and operation of the terminals is handled by private contractors.
Size and Scope
The Laem Chabang port is situated on over 2,500 acres. Basin 1 has 11 terminals that can service container ships as well as a Ro-Ro car terminal. Basin 1 is 14 metres deep and can handle ships up to 6,500 TEU’s (20 Ft Equivalent Unit). Basin 1 also has a terminal for passenger ships.
Basin 2 was constructed as the 2nd phase of development of the Laem Chabang port. With a depth of 16 metres, Basin 2 can handle the largest ships currently in operation today. Basin 2 has 7 operational terminals with 6 of them designated for containerized ships plus an additional general cargo terminal. With improvements in highways around the port, accewss for trucks in and out of the terminals has been significantly improved.
Phase 3 of the development of the port of Laem Chabang is currently under way. When completed, phase 3 will be able to handle the Super – Post Panamax vessels with capacities in excess of 10,000 TEUs. Designs are being developed around an 800 x 2,000 metre structure with enhanced load and unload capabilities intended to speed up the loading and unloading process thereby reducing costly downtime of these large and expensive ships.
How To Get There
To visit Laem Chabang from Bangkok proper, the best options are to hire a metered taxi or a private transportation company. It is about a 3 hour drive from Bangkok. To take a tour of the port, it is best to contact the Port Authority of Thailand to secure the proper authorization.
Things to do
If you are arriving at the port of Laem Chabang on a cruise vessel and have a day to sight see, there are several attractions close by the city of Laem Chabang that are easy to access and enjoy:
- The Sanctuary of Truth is a large wooden structure designed to withstand the harshest of elements. It is constructed without the use of any nails or metal attachment devices.
- The Si Racha Tiger Zoo offers visitors a chance to see over 200 tigers as well as thousands of crocodiles. A good option for children.
- The Harbor Mall is close by, easily accessible and a convenient way to do some quick shopping while your cruise ship is in port.