‘AIRPLANE BONEYARD’ – The term used to describe a graveyard of scrap metal from decommissioned planes after they are no longer fit to roam the skies. Hidden nested in a not so central part of Bangkok in Ramkhamhaeng neighborhood – lies an abandoned plane that has never been dismembered.
Being the usual outgoing and inquisitive nature…
I naturally agreed to go with my local Thai friend to go check out this unknown site, not knowing what was in store for us. When we reached there about 40 minutes later, the area was fenced up and with a sign ‘Outsiders not welcomed’. Determined to not leave without at least asking someone, my Thai friend approached one of the ladies sitting at the hut across the fence to inquire about the area.
After exchanging a few words back and forth, from her mannerism and my friend’s smiles, it seems that we were granted access into the area – if we are able to pay a small fee of 200 baht. As we eagerly whipped out the money, the lady signaled to a boy to open the gate for us to enter.
The Area was Massive.
The planes stood forlorn and abandoned in the near distance, surrounded by weeds and long plants ( Warning : Insanely Aggressive Mosquito Zone). However, we were so excited and thrilled to be there and right next to these massive old planes, which by the way were cut and lay in a few segments.
Walking towards them felt surreal – like a scene out of the TV Series LOST.
After snapping some shots, we decided to inch closer to peer within the plane to see how it looks like. The interior was pretty much there in tact, but definitely in ruin with compartments of the plane destroyed. We decided not to be too adventurous by trying to crawl in in fear of something toppling or collapsing on us.
Things to do in Bangkok : Explore an airplane junkyard
Abandoned Airplane Graveyard hidden
Its really an airplane boneyard
There are people residing in these planes
We met and exchanged a few words with the homeless people staying in these abandoned airplane graveyard hidden in Bangkok. They live very simply and spend their nights on mats and sheets they lay on the ground to sleep on. Clean water to wash up and cook is collected from a nearby place away from the field, so it is a hassle for them to even get such basic supplies, especially during rainy weather.
We found out that there were up to 3 families staying in these abandoned aircraft, and they have made these abandoned aircraft their homes for a long time. They were unafraid of tourists like us as they get tons of them coming to this site every other day.
Posing for more shameless airplane pictures
All in all, it had been an interesting adventure of exploring these ruins on a monday afternoon just before I caught my flight.
So for those who would like to see something different in Bangkok other than the usual Platinum Shopping Mall and Chattuchak, here’s an abandoned airplane graveyard hidden in Bangkok, a true gem that is worth a visit.
Visit it before it gets removed and cleared off.