QUOTE(sabtotravel @ Oct 26 2010, 09:27 AM)
How to catch bus at Laem Chabang cruise terminal for Bangkok?
Not easy sometimes. Transportation from ship to the front gate is not cheap, unless your ship has scheduled some sort of transportation. Laem Chabang is not far from Pattaya, a seaside city that is popular with tourists. A bus from Bangkok to Pattaya (around 2 hours) is under 120 baht for the ride. Often these buses go by Laem Chabang. But local transportation just from the ship to the front gate is almost criminal. Be thankful you are not on a small freighter or other working docked ship, they can pay around 1000 baht just to get to the front gate. Check with your ship and see what transportation they provide. I think the nearest big bus stop might be Siracha. Or go to Pattaya and see that city then go to Bangkok.
It all depends on how much time you have. If it is only a few hours then go with tours arranged by the cruise line. Several days then you have more time to make decisions. By taxi from Laem Chabang to Bangkok is around 1.5 hours. To Pattaya less than 20 minutes.http://www.pattayabus.com/en/station_locator.htm http://www.thaiwaysmagazine.com/pattaya_ma...ap_pattaya.html
From Pattaya (20 minute ride away) local buses to Bangkok are around 120 baht. Bus station in Pattaya is on North Pattaya Road. Dedicated private taxis start at 800 baht in Pattaya City. Bell Travel also runs a bus service from the bus station at Pattaya. I have never had to leave from the Laem Chabang area but questions on "transportation" from Laem Chabang come up often with no real feedback.
I think you must hope that your cruise line works in your favor and provides free or reasonably priced transportation. A similar distance from the front gate of the shipyard to your ship would only cost 10 baht in Pattaya, around one third US dollar!
Talking to a local Thai citizen who works at Laem Chabang gave me most of the information concerning local transportation from the ship to the front gate. Make sure your ship explains what identification is required to enter and leave the shipyard. Also, if you are into biking you could use a bicycle to get to the front gate. A new cheap bike in Pattaya is around 1000 baht (single speed.) Talking to my Thai source (does IT work at the shipyard) he has noticed tourists from ships using their own bicycles. Security is tight at the shipyard, so I have been told.
Local Expat forum that might be useful:http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/