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User currently offlineLGW340 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 315 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 4409 times:

Hiya,

Heading out to AUH, DAC, HKG and BKK next week and to get back from BKK to LHR, I'm leeching off my Dads BA staff standby so I may be stuck in BKK for a day or 2 longer than planned if I dont get on the return flight. So, how easy is photography at BKK? Im really keen to have a day of photography there. I believe there is an official viewing area (through glass, backlit?) but I would rather get arrival or departure shots to be honest! I'm 19 (so can't rent a car I don't think) so will be on foot.

Thanks very much

Chris Goodwin


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User currently offlinekanepjk From United States of America, joined Jun 2009, 150 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4382 times:

Chris,

Get a taxi and have him take you to King Kaeo rd., Soi 64. It is on the west side of the airport, from there walk towards the airport until you hit the canal. There is a walkway on the canal and you can go the full length of 19R/01L and get arrival and departure shots. (only good in the afternoon).

It's blazing hot this time of year so make sure you have some water and wear something cool. When your sufficiently sun baked you can take a taxi back to the airport.

If you search Bangkok spotting I believe there is a post with some pictures of the canal.

Pat


User currently offlineJakTrax From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 4936 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 4373 times:

The spot to which Pat refers can also be reached by bus, but I really wouldn't bother. I was there in November '09 and heat haze was a real problem; plus you are shooting at close to 400mm for all but heavies.

User currently offlineLGW340 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 315 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 4267 times:

Thanks for the help!

Karl, do you have any pics from that spot?

Thanks

Chris



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User currently offlineJakTrax From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 4936 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4259 times:

Chris,

I kept two but to be honest I've no idea where they are. They were heat-hazed and muddy. Seriously, if you take the time and effort to find this spot, you'll wish you hadn't!

There are better shots on the approach to one of the runways but the wind direction didn't favour me on my visit.

Karl


User currently offline757MDE From Colombia, joined Sep 2004, 1753 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4232 times:

Quoting LGW340 (Reply 3):
Karl, do you have any pics from that spot?

Thanks

Chris

Actually the spot is not that bad and one time I was there some guy was selling ice cream. Don't count on that though, bring plenty of water, food if you will and be well protected against the sun.
Here are some of my pictures from King Kaeo, taken back then with my old Canon S3-IS:


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User currently offlineJakTrax From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 4936 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4228 times:

757MDE, you got the good runway direction for your visit! When I was there I had to shoot departures and had to move a lot further down the canal. Luck of the draw I guess!

Karl


User currently offline757MDE From Colombia, joined Sep 2004, 1753 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4223 times:

Quoting JakTrax (Reply 6):
757MDE, you got the good runway direction for your visit! When I was there I had to shoot departures and had to move a lot further down the canal. Luck of the draw I guess!

Karl

Must have been!

I lived in Bangkok for a while and went to King Kaeo many times. Only did I have the "bad direction" (i.e Runway 01L in use instead of 19R) once, and it happened all in front of my eyes. Runway 19R was in use, then there was a sudden tropical rain of those that last about 10 minutes and a change of wind direction. Runway 01L began to be in use and lasted one hour until the wind changed again.

That's not to to say it is that infrequent, but I did have good luck with the wind direction most times I went to King Kaeo.
Now, Karl is right when he says there are other interesting places to take pictures from too, don't miss them if you have the time!

King Kaeo is good in the Afternoon, in the morning I used to go to a parking lot close to a Buddhist Temple (I was looking for pictures but I don't have any from there in Airliners right now, let me know if anyone is interested and I'll upload some somewhere else).



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User currently offlineyerbol From Kazakhstan, joined Feb 2010, 219 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 4158 times:
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To all who did spotting in BKK, is it legal to photo around the airport? What about police and airport security? Please advise.


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User currently offline757MDE From Colombia, joined Sep 2004, 1753 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 4142 times:

Quoting yerbol (Reply 8):
To all who did spotting in BKK, is it legal to photo around the airport? What about police and airport security? Please advise.

I don't know about the legal status, but I once did spot in the access road and was approached by security. They only asked me to move, but did not mention the pictures.
There used to be a restaurant in the 6th or 7th floor where you could take pictures, I was never bothered there (but that was closed last time in was in BKK, don't know now). Airside when taking flights is very difficult to take pictures because of the Airport's design, but the few times I tried again I was not bothered.
In the aforementioned spot of king kaeo (or the buddhist temple I mention) I was never ever approached.



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