Fails of the Urban Explorer: New World Mall (Bangkok)

in urbex •  7 months ago 

This is the last of my SteemFest 4 content and is a little different than the normal stuff we have been seeing.


@for91days passed some information on to me about an abandoned shopping mall within the city and so I hunted down the location and was pleased to find it just 2 or 3 miles from the Prince Palace Hotel.

After some deliberation we met up in the lobby with @jpphotography and @wanderein joining in, jumped in a taxi and found the location quite easily.


From what I can gather the mall has been closed and abandoned for the best part of 20 years. It is now home to swathes of tropical fish that swim around in the lower flooded areas.

The information I mention came from this blogpost which handily details how to find it, and what’s more, how to get in.

...'Team STEEM Urbex, all ready to go'...

It appears the locals have taken advantage of this ‘tourist destination’ as bags of fish food can be purchased at the entrance for 10 BHAT according to the same blog.

I spotted the Krungthai bank and the taxi screeched to a halt. Having paid, we found the alley quickly and noticed a subtle but unwelcome change.

...'what it used to look like, see the big door gap on the right?'

’the opening that used to be wide and gaping now advertises NesCafe, I never did like that crappy coffee’

Well what a bummer. We tried to talk to the old lady at the entrance but she spoke not a word of English, or Spanish either I guess!


From her wild hysterics we are not the first lot of Urban explores to ask her about the locked gate. I wonder if she was the old fish food vendor?

That’s one line of business that’s now vanished so she may have a reason to be angry.


We meandered through dark alleys looking for an alternative access point but there seemed to be no other way in.


Even if I could slip down this 3 inch gap, I would have just met some bloke’s playing cards on the other side. This was not an alternate entrance.



On the other side of the dark brooding pathway of dirt and grime, we found a multi-story car park and climbed to the roof to see if we could spot anything of interest.




There were plenty of outside wall views of the New World Mall but little else.



Through the dirty and sometimes broken windows we could see escalators and other artefacts of interest.


’a zipline would have been very handy, once on that platform we would have had full access. Getting out would have been a different story and may have involved jumping and breaking legs’


After walking around the car park for 15 minutes or so we had to concede defeat at least from this angle.




@for91days explained to me that the top levels of multi-story car parks are ideal for urban photography. They were all making the most of a bad day.


’people around here don’t half have strange places to hang their laundry. You can see from @jpphotography’s confused expression that it wasn’t just me’


After descending and thinking, ‘is this another way in’ we enquired only to be met with a thai bloke wildly failing his hands and looking a little angry.


Perhaps this evil vibes of this mall were having a negative effects on people’s psyches?

I would have settled for a small bribe if he had the key. If only we could speak the language.


In the end we had to settle for coconut coffee and the last real coconut this nearby street vendor had left. It wasn’t all in vain after all.

All images are my own unless cited.



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Was hoping to see pictures of those fish. Darn.

I figure they have all starved to death due to no Urban Explorers with fish food. Those murderous lock bearing owners have a lot to answer for!

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Hehe, coconut coffee saves the day. That's a proper good selfie at the start!

I was debating on whether to add that selfie. Like most of us, I despise my own mugshot!

It took me by surprise because it's so clear and out there! Why not, it's good for the soul! :0)

I want to be young again, that's why. I think I may have raised the average age of SteemFest attendees by several years.

Though... there was at least one person older than me.

Well, if there is one then that makes everything alright ;O)

It's amazing how quickly abandoned buildings will deteriorate.

Too bad you were unable to get a closer view inside, but who knows... maybe it's not even safe in there. Thanks for sharing what you did find!

maybe it's not even safe in there

Most are not safe, that's what adds to the excitement and adventure. I can be a big kid all over again.., just wish the old bones would hold up.

That makes sense!

Honestly I wouldn't be surprised that the place had laundry there. Which means someone (maybe homeless) might be in there.

Otherwise it could be as famously haunted as those horror Thai movies which I would have asked you to stay away unless you are either a ghost buster or a demon slayer. 😏

Secondly probably going with @waybeyondpadthai could have eased your entry, or just maybe, you're just not meant to go inside but just hanging out at the roof.

Also interestingly this abandoned building wasn't infested with drug addicts where a lot of other cities of other countries could have, and after a long 20 years it stayed that way.

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Also interestingly this abandoned building wasn't infested with drug addicts where a lot of other cities of other countries could have, and after a long 20 years it stayed that way.

This is always a danger, and being in a country unknown to me, more so. That's why its important there are several of us going in.., number make it safer.

It was still a fun excursion and from what we could tell from peeking inside, it would have been awesome. Keep on exploring! Just found a not listed abandoned hotel close to where we live on Tenerife.. Will do that in the next year!

Looking at that NesCafe fence.. maybe we should have jumped over it. I need to get more daring.., hope to see one from you soon.

We are leaving for the Canaries in just over a week.

I was half expecting to read ‘We next found a local hardware store and bought some thick rope and a grappling hook. We weren’t going to be defeated’

If only I could haul myself up, just not fit enough these days!


I shldnt ve left early!

Merry Xmas btw!

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I shldnt ve left early!

Your shouldn't, we should have gone for the derelict jumbo 747 instead of this.
Merry Christmas!

So near, yet so far!!
Where was your usual partner in crime?

He copped out and went on some boat trip!

I wanted to check this mall too on my last day in BKK but then it was too warp and I was too lazy.

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I wanted to check this mall too on my last day in BKK

I didn't take for you an Urban Explorer! You wont anything to buy inside, just decay, mud, dirt, water and foliage.

You are right, maybe not such ruin malls, but I was interested in creepy things like abandoned amusement parks etc.

There's one close to me, I went there last year. It's also full of security guards... we got caught after 15 mins and escorted out :(

This was awesome. Too bad you all didn’t get inside. I remember you telling me about this adventure too. The mall looked like it would have been really cool to look around in.

Yeah would have loved to get in. We looked at doing some others but time was a factor.

May have been for the best anyways.

Ack no, the sights in a place like that are frequently amazing. The public are generally not parley to such things.

Too horrendous you had been not ready to show signs of improvement see inside, anyway who knows... maybe it's never again even secure in there. A debt of gratitude is in order for sharing what you found

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