A Peek Inside Bangkok’s Aircraft Boneyard

Bangkok Aircraft Boneyard
Photo by Steve Richardson - Bangkok Aircraft Boneyard
 

Bangkok Aircraft Boneyard – Boeing 747 rests in Residential Area

 

A small aircraft boneyard sits in an unusual place, in the middle of a Bangkok residential neighborhood. We’re not sure how the airplanes got here, but the boneyard has since become home to several families. They creatively used portions of aircraft fuselage to build homes. On the other side of the property are the ruins of a Boeing 747 and what appears to be an MD-82, at least what’s left of them.

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The Boeing 747 is known as the “Queen of the Sky” and is the highlight at this site.

If you’re an AvGeek or if you like this type of thing, visiting is quite the experience. We were there on October 3, 2016. The photographs we share are a snapshot in time. As such, conditions at site are likely to change over time.

First, be forewarned there is risk involved in visiting this site.

If you’re uncomfortable with the risk, sit back, relax, and enjoy our photos.



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Entering Bangkok Aircraft Boneyard

While we’re unsure who owns the land, it’s also home to families. The residential area is on the left side of the property (viewing property from sidewalk) and the fuselage remains are on the right (as October 3, 2016). The property is fenced in with a locked gate between the sidewalk and boneyard property.

On a good day, the residents will allow you to visit in exchange for a tip of 200-300 THB per person. If a resident accompanies you through the wreckage, even if it’s a small child, be sure to tip. If they won’t let you in or no one is around, leave the residents alone and try on another day.

The aircraft fuselages are dangerous. There’s many jagged edges, sharp pieces of metal, and years of dirt and grime. Many people have been injured climbing around and we don’t want you to become a statistic.




If you decide to go, take a buddy. Use the buddy system and stay together at all times. Additionally, it’s of utmost importance to wear proper footwear. Only bring what you need for the visit, leave excess cash, credit cards and all valuables locked up back at your hotel. There’s been reports of pickpockets and other thefts here.

It’s always wise to keep a photocopy of your passport on you, in fact it’s Thai law to have identification on you.

Once on the property, stay clear of their living quarters and proceed to the right, where a Boeing 747 rests along with an MD-82 once operated by One-Two-Go (Thai Orient).

You enter the Boeing 747 through a cargo door, but again use utmost care at this site. Once in the cargo hold, a ladder (with a tight squeeze) will take you to the main deck. A set of stairs takes you to the upper deck and what’s left of the cockpit.

In addition to the 747, we take a look through a second, much smaller aircraft which appears to be an abandoned MD-82.



Getting to the Boneyard

You enter the Boeing 747 through a cargo door, but again use utmost care at this site. Many people have been injured climbing around and we don’t want you to become a statistic.

Getting here is a bit of a trek, but an Uber is likely your best bet and it’s likely the driver will know the location. The location of the boneyard is Ramkhamhaeng Road Soi 101. Just in case, we’ve included some useful information from Google Maps:

TIP: Type Airplane Graveyard, Hua Mak, Bang Kapi, Bangkok 10240, Thailand into Google Maps.


Bangkok Aircraft Boneyard Location
Bangkok Aircraft Boneyard Location per Google Maps

 
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