Laem Chabang is about 25 kilometres north of Pattaya, and south of the city of Chonburi. It is Thailand's largest port. The port occupies 2,572 acres (1,041 ha) and is capable of handling the largest (Post-Panamax) vessels.
Development of the port complex started in 1988 to encourage development outside Bangkok and take advantage of proximity to the Gulf of Thailand. The container port was completed in 1991. In 2014 it handled 6.58 million TEUs, making it the 22nd busiest container port in the world. In FY2107 (1 October 2016-30 September 2017) it handled 7.7 million TEUs. Much of the international shipping reaching Thailand passes through Laem Chabang. It is a port of call for Princess Cruises and Celebrity Cruises. It accommodated 59 passenger liners in FY2017.
Laem Chabang includes:
The Port Authority of Thailand is responsible for the port overall. It engages private sector contractors to manage various port operations.
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.