My flight from Bangkok to Ireland was delayed by 18 hours, so of course, I took the opportunity to do a bit of exploring. But instead of photographing an abandoned building, this time I was after a double-decker Boeing 747 plane!
I got a taxi to the area that I knew the planes were in and walked around until I spotted them. There were four disused planes scattered in a huge, overgrown field, which was being controlled by Thai families who happened to be living inside one of the planes. I was made to pay two kids 200 Thai baht who then opened the chained gate, and in I went to explore.
This site which is known as Bangkok’s “aeroplane graveyard”, consists of fuselages, wings, and debris from a variety of models, including the cruise-ship-sized Boeing 747 and a few commercial MD-82 jetliners that were formerly operated by Orient Thai Airlines.
I read online that on Sep. 16, 2007, 89 people died after one of the MD-82’s operated by One-Two-Go, a now-defunct budget carrier owned by Orient Thai, crash-landed and exploded during an attempted landing at Phuket International Airport.
I’m not sure how the planes made their way into the field, but it’s definitely an amazing explore with an interesting (and sad) history.