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BKK Photography

Thu Apr 12, 2012 9:37 am

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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RE: BKK Photography

Thu Apr 12, 2012 12:39 pm

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.

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RE: BKK Photography

Thu Apr 12, 2012 1:55 pm

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.
 
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RE: BKK Photography

Sat Apr 14, 2012 10:03 am

Thanks for the help!

Karl, do you have any pics from that spot?

Thanks

Chris
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Sat Apr 14, 2012 11:40 am

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.

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RE: BKK Photography

Sun Apr 15, 2012 12:39 am

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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RE: BKK Photography

Sun Apr 15, 2012 12:43 am

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!

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RE: BKK Photography

Sun Apr 15, 2012 2:46 am

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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RE: BKK Photography

Sun Apr 15, 2012 7:24 pm

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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RE: BKK Photography

Mon Apr 16, 2012 2:07 am

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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