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Exploring the Airplane Graveyard hidden in Bangkok

Us posing for a last shot before leaving

‘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.

Exploring the Airplane Graveyard hidden in Bangkok - Deserted Airplane left here in a abandoned field in Bangkok

Deserted Airplane left here in an abandoned field in Bangkok

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.

Tourist spot - Graffiti and Spray Painted Marks on the plane and wreckage | Quick tour of an airplane junkyard

Graffiti and Spray Painted Marks on this abandoned airplane graveyard hidden in Bangkok | Quick tour of an airplane junkyard

 

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.

Standing amidst the long plants and grass and marveling at the ruined yet stunning planes in the airplane graveyard bangkok

Standing amidst the long plants and grass and marveling at the ruined yet stunning planes

Posing for a shot below the massive plane. Sense of surrealism indeed | Airplane Pictures Behind the scenes

Posing for a shot below the massive plane | Airplane Pictures Behind the scenes

Getting closer

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.

Peering into the plane to try to see if everything is still intact. Feels a bit like a sci fi movie scene! Abandoned airplane Graveyard hidden in Bangkok | Airplane Pictures Behind the scenes

Peering into the plane to try to see if everything is still intact. Feels a bit like a sci-fi movie scene! | Airplane Pictures Behind the scenes

 

Things to do in Bangkok : Explore an airplane junkyard

Abandoned Airplane Graveyard hidden

Perspective view from inside the one of the planes, with the grass field outside

Perspective view from inside the one of the planes, with the grass field outside

Through the window seat | Airplane Pictures

Through the window seat | Airplane Pictures

Its really an airplane boneyard

Peering curiously here and there to capture some shots | Airplane Boneyard

Peering curiously here and there to capture some shots | Airplane Boneyard

Tripod mounted ready for some shots of this dissected aeroplane | Airplane Pictures

Tripod mounted ready for some shots of this dissected aeroplane | Airplane Pictures

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.

People staying in these aircraft | Airplane Boneyard - Things to do in bangkok

People staying in these aircraft | Airplane Boneyard – Things to do in bangkok

Airplane Boneyard - The planes in multiple pieces | Things to do in bangkok

Airplane Boneyard – The planes in multiple pieces | Things to do in bangkok

Posing for more shameless airplane pictures

Us posing for a last shot before leaving. Abandoned airplane Graveyard hidden in Bangkok

Us posing for a last shot before leaving. Definitely an amazing experience to make.

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.

 

For other write ups about things to do in Thailand, read on my Chiang Khan cultural tour or Krabi Rock Climbing Adventure.

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