What do you do with an old Boeing B747 which has been retired? Build a cafe of course! In Bangkok a clever group have taken an old retired Boeing B747, parked in on the outskirts of Bangkok and turned it into a café and called in B747 Café. This is a must visit for any Aviation geek like me! The B747 is a café, you can get a coffee and a croissant but for us aviation geeks, this is all about checking out the insides of an old Boeing B747.
The B747 Cafe is right on the outskirts of Bangkok, past the Suvarnabhumi Airport. The plane itself was once part of the Orient Thai Airlines fleet, with registration number HS-STA. It joined the Thai Airlines fleet in 2011 after serving in the United Airlines fleet from 1992 until 2009.
There is an entrance fee of 120 Baht to go into the B747 Cafe but this includes 1 drink. I grabbed a coffee and then paid extra for a very tasty Almond Croissant.
On the lower deck of the B747 you will find the counter where you can order your drinks and food and there are plenty of comfy seats next to the windows. You can climb the stairs to the upper deck where there are more seating and also you can go up and visit the fully intact cockpit and see all the original controls, knobs and levers.
You can also climb out onto one of the wings to get a good view of the exterior of the plane.
On the ground, you can walk right around and underneath the plane to see all the exterior of the plane. The engine casings are still intact but the engines have been removed.
The B747 has free WiFi Internet access so you can post all your pics on Instagram, Facebook or which ever social media platform you prefer.
Getting to the B747 Cafe
The easiest way to get to the B747 Cafe would be to get a taxi there. From Central Bangkok (Sukhumvit area) it will cost around 200 – 220 Baht. This will take about 40 – 45 minutes. For a quicker route ask the taxi driver to take the toll road and you will have to pay for 2 tolls on top of the taxi fare (25 Baht + 50 Baht tolls).
For a cheaper option, you can get a train (Bangkok Airport Rail Link) and get off at Lat Krabang Station, which is just 1 station before Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport. I caught the Bangkok Airport Rail Link from Makkasan Station (close to Sukhumvit) to Lat Krabang and the ticket cost 35 Baht.
When you get to Lat Krabang Station, there are taxi’s waiting out the front of the station. A taxi from Lat Krabang Station to the B747 Cafe will cost around 70 – 80 Baht and take around 15 minutes.
Before you get a taxi to B747, it is best to get your hotel to write down the address for the B747 cafe in Thai. When I got the taxi from Lat Krabang Station, the taxi driver didn’t speak English. I showed him the picture of the B747 Cafe and he said Suvarnabhumi Airport? I said no B747 Cafe. I read out the address Luang Phaeng Rd, Thap Yao, Lat Krabang and the taxi drink said ‘OK Thap Yao’ and started driving. After 10 minutes driving he did a u-turn and started driving back to the station. I knew he didn’t know where he was going. I asked him to stop and ask another taxi driver. He stopped and had a long conversation with another taxi driver who looked it up on his smart phone and then showed him the address in Thai. He then did a u-turn and finally got me to the B747 Cafe which ended up costing me 105 Baht!
The B747 Cafe is on a busy road and I had no problem getting a taxi out the front to take me directly back to Lat Krabang Station which cost 73 Baht.
627 1 Luang Phaeng Road
Check out the location of the B747 Cafe in Bangkok