Hidden off the edge of a busy road in the centre of Bangkok sits an eerie graveyard for a certain type of machine.
As one of the most visited places on the planet, the capital of Thailand offers a number of fascinating finds both on and off the beaten track.
But none are perhaps as strange as the city’s very own aeroplane graveyard.
A tourist takes a photo of abandoned aircraft in the suburbs of Bangkok. Picture: Mladen Antonov / AFPSource:AFP
This aerial photograph shows the abandoned aircraft. Picture: Mladen Antonov / AFPSource:AFP
Long grass, old tyres and pieces of scrap metal flank the derelict aeroplane bodies that have been covered in graffiti and had their windows broken in.
The abandoned 747 and two smaller MD-82 planes sit lying in pieces, serving as both home and income for several Thai families.
The decommissioned aircraft, their fuselages, wings and debris from a variety of models make up Bangkok’s infamous aeroplane graveyard — a growing stop for people visiting the region and wanting to explore outside the typical tourist trail.
The ‘aeroplane graveyard’ has become a tourist attraction in the Thai capital of Bangkok. Picture: Mladen Antonov / AFPSource:AFP
The bizarre collection of rusted planes on the side of a busy street in Bangkok is clearly out of place, with the story of how such the skeletons arrived a mystery.
Locals believe the planes are owned by a wealthy Thai businessman who has been storing them on the property for years.
Some say the junked planes occupied the yard since at least 2010 after the nose sections of two Boeing 747s arrived.
Surrounded by overgrown grass and old plane seats sits a massive 747. Picture: Mladen Antonov / AFPSource:AFP
Four years later, two MD-82 jetliners were added to the vacant lot, and just 12 months later — another casualty — a 747 found its final resting place.
Since researching the boneyard, three Thai families have reportedly moved in and turned the plane into a home, with the tenants using just a few makeshift curtains hanging across the windows and mats laid on the floor.
Since researching the boneyard, three Thai families have reportedly moved in. Picture: Mladen Antonov / AFPSource:AFP
The families who now live in the plane use just a few makeshift curtains hanging across the windows and mats laid on the floor. Picture: Mladen Antonov / AFPSource:AFP
The contents of the planes, including seats, interior panelling, TV sets, overhead compartments, flight magazines, oxygen masks, and life vests are scattered across the grounds and interiors of the aircraft.
But the families saw an opportunity with the plane skeletons, deciding to sell pieces of the aircraft for scrap metal in order to receive a small income.
In addition, as the popularity of the location increased, the families took an entrepreneurial step and started charging an entry fee.
Birds fly past abandoned aircraft in the suburbs of Bangkok where three families have set up their home. Picture: Mladen Antonov / AFPSource:AFP
A child plays in front of the abandoned aircraft, which started accumulating since 2010. Picture: Mladen Antonov / AFPSource:AFP
A man charges an entrance fee at a gate in front of abandoned aircraft in the suburbs of Bangkok. Picture: Mladen Antonov / AFPSource:AFP
While the fee to enter is not fixed, visitors say the entry ranges from 100 to 800 baht per person ($A4.80 to $A39).
But visitors should be warned not to move any items or try to damage the planes because locals do live within, and therefore the property should be left in its original state.
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