Retired Boeing 747 gets second life as a Bangkok cafe

Missing those fuselage feels and craving on-board dining? Indulge both in Bangkok without fussing through security at an airplane-turned-cafe in the eastern outskirts. 

Climb aboard a Boeing 747 that once belonged to a defunct former airline situated on 10 rai (1.6 hectares) in Bangkok’s Lat Krabang district at 747 Cafe, named after the plane’s model, a new destination for enthusiastic cafe-hopping completionists.

Pose in pilot or cabin crew uniforms for photos before sitting down to sip caffeinated drinks or fruit sodas.

The double-decker aircraft offers a dining area for customers to order drinks and baked goods to enjoy in windowside seats inside the stripped-down airframe.  Patrons can also climb to the second level to look around the cockpit. There, one can even sit and pretend to be the captain. Feel better now? 

The cafe was made possible by aviation nerds Bandit “Pilot Johnny” Lawanrattanakul and Nithiroj Chawalertwattanachai.

The plane formerly belonged to Orient Thai, whose budget carrier One-Two-Go crashed an MD-82 in Phuket in 2007, killing 87. It went out of business in 2018.

An aircraft boneyard hidden in a Bangkok suburb

Admission to board the plane is THB120 and comes with one drink. 

The 747 Cafe is located on Luang Phaeng Road in Bangkok’s Lat Krabang district. It’s open 9am to 6pm every day.

The cafe, however, is not Thailand’s first so-called plane cafe. Just last year, 331 Station debuted in Pattaya offering customers dining and drinking inside a retired commercial airplane.

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