So, we were sitting chatting with this Canadian guy telling him about what we'd done so far. He'd been travelling for 8 months already and we got swapping adventure stories. He started telling us about an Airplane Graveyard... 100% going to see this for ourselves. He told us the address and we made a plan to go there the next day.
We got an uber there which cost 250Baht (Although, the price was 220Baht) and took around 35 minutes from Khaosan Road. SCAM ALERT: The taxi driver didn't have 30Baht change for us when we gave him 250Baht upon getting there, which we found was strange as this had happened to us twice in a row now with uber drivers. We ended up telling him to keep the change as we had no other way of really doing it without hassle. But something to bear in mind - if you are on a really tight budget, make sure to have the correct change or some smaller currency notes before getting an uber or a taxi.
As soon as you arrive you see the sheer size of the planes that are in the yard. A ginormous Boeing 747 towers over a smaller plane beside it, with numerous other parts of planes lying behind them. Like school children excited to be on a school trip, we approached the fence. There were 3 children playing jump rope with a lady that seemed to be looking after them. We shouted "Excuse me" in Thai over the fence and one of the children came over. The girl said "200Baht each" in order to gain entry. We were secretly so buzzing with this as we had read on a blog post beforehand that you should expect to pay around 600-1000Baht each. We gave her 500Baht for the two of us, told her to keep the change and one of the children opened the gate. Word on the street is that the entry fee can change at any given time. Some people have said they were charged 600-1000Baht to get in, so it's just best to be prepared for this too.
We were the only people there and she gave us as much time as we liked to explore the yard - it was incredible! The Boeing 747 was the first plane to be explored. With its 3 levels, filled with wreckage of broken doors and pieces of compartments, all heaped into a huge pile in the middle of each floor. There was an abundance of oxygen masks scattered across the floors, which made the sight even more chilling.
It was literally like a human playground, with ladders to climb and doors to jump out of, we had a blast! You can't really put it into words how cool it all is until you see it for yourself. One thing that we found amazing is the fact it is run by the locals. There are two metal plane compartments just on the left as you enter the yard that have been turned into homes for them to live in. The children play in the yard everyday and the money goes towards their cost of living. Therefore, we thought it was such a breath of fresh air that the money isn't going towards a big company or corporation!
To make the adventure even more exciting - it was the first time we were able to fly the drone! Drones are banned in Thailand but on the basis this was private land, we thought it was too good an opportunity to miss (Please note that this is a bit reckless and although the people there didn't give two hoots, if spotted by the authorities you could be fined or face up to a year in prison. Therefore, fly with caution.) The drone footage of the site is unbelievable, it's safe to say both of our jaws dropped when we saw the scale of the site from a birds eye view. All of the footage is in our YouTube Video: Adventures in Bangkok - Airplane Graveyard (Please see below).
Afterwards, we went for lunch at the restaurant complex next door. It's so cheap in the little restaurant stands along the right hand side and the food is amazing! There is a little supermarket too, so great opportunity to get any bits you may need. We recommend the fruit smoothies at the back just in front of the toilets too. We got a mixed fruit shake each for only 30Baht each (75p)!
Overall - It was such an incredible day. We definitely recommend it!
Below is the address;
13.764812 100.652406, Khwaeng Hua Mak, Khet Bang Kapi, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10240, Thailand
Adventure rating - 7/10
Fitness Level - 2/10
Fear rating - 2/10 (unless you fall out!)
Cost per two people - Taxi 220Baht (£5), Entry - 500Baht for two(£11), 2 Chicken Noodle Soups - 45Baht each (£1.10p each) and 2 Smoothies - 60Baht (75p each).
For the price of how we got home... Please see our Getting Lost in Bangkok blog post because yes, you guessed it folks. We got well and truly lost in Bangkok!
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