Urban exploring in Bangkok hasn’t been the same since they stopped letting people in the Ghost Tower, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still some amazing places to see. One of the best is the Bangkok airplane graveyard. While it’s far from Central Bangkok, it’s still smack dab in the middle of the city. It’s a crazy place to have the hulking carcasses of airplanes wasting away, but that’s Bangkok for you. Read on to learn how to get there and get in, what to bring, where to get the best photos, and more insider tips. And be sure to check out our photos at the bottom of the post for extra motivation to visit the Bangkok airplane graveyard.

About the airplane graveyard

The plane graveyard is really just a scrapyard. The land owner buys old planes to strip and sell any parts that are worth anything. A few families have moved in to take advantage of the shelter the planes provide. It seems that in the past they lived in the whole planes, but now occupy a few sections of fuselage that have been cut in half to serve as buildings. These are on the left as you enter and you should respect their privacy and not try to go in.

The airplane graveyard probably won’t be around much longer. The huge construction project you see right in front of it is for the new MRT Orange Line. Once there is a subway line passing by, the land will be worth too much to remain a scrapyard. You should go before the inevitable happens.

How to get to the Bangkok airplane graveyard

The Bangkok airplane graveyard is located along Ramkhamhaeng Road (ถนนรามคำแหง) between sois 103 and 105. You could get there by taxi or Grab Taxi, but traffic is almost always bad along that road, and it’s currently under construction making it worse. If you are staying along the Airport Link Train Line, you could take a train to Hua Mak Station. A taxi from there would be much shorter than from Central Bangkok.

Take the canal boat

The fastest way to get there is on the Khlong Saen Saep Canal boat. The canal cuts through much of Bangkok and has piers near the BTS, MRT, and Airport Link. The final pier on the western side is a 10 minute walk from Khao San Road. The airplane graveyard is located near the last pier at the eastern end of the route. Get the boat going in that direction from any pier, and hang tight until the final stop at Wat Sriboonruang pier. If you come from Khao San or anywhere west of Pratunam, you will need to change boats so hang on to your ticket. The maximum fare is 19 baht.

Getting on and off the boats can be a little bit tricky, but any able bodied person should be fine. For more on the canal boats, see our post on transportation in Bangkok. There’s a walkway along the canal that runs behind the airplane graveyard and you could probably get in that way. We don’t recommend trying this as it will look like you’re trying to sneak in without paying. They will see you, so it’s better to go around and come in the front way. Walk down soi 107 as in the map below.

walk to airplane graveyard
It’s a quick walk.

 airplane graveyard

The planes are easy to see from the street, and you can’t miss the gate.

Bangkok airplane graveyard entrance fee

When you arrive at the front gate, give a little shout if you don’t see anyone. Tell them you want to see the planes and take some photos. They’ll ask you to pay the entrance fee. Reports on what people pay vary wildly. We’ve heard of as much as 800 Baht per person, and as low as 100 for Thai people. 300 seems to be very common. We were a Thai and a Thai-speaking foreigner and they asked for 200 each. When asked if there was a discount for Thais they said no. If you have a group it’s possible you can bargain a bit, but they hold the leverage. If they decide that you can’t come in, there isn’t really much you can do about it. Also note that there have been reports of some days where they won’t let anyone into the plane graveyard.

Getting the best photos

The Bangkok airplane graveyard is such a cool place it would be hard to take a bad photo. With that said, here are a few great locations and angles to get that epic IG photo. See our gallery at the end of the post for examples of these.

Plane junkyard reflection