Sathorn Unique is a ghost tower built along the Chaopraya river that was abandoned in the 90s when the Thai economy turned to crap
I've wanted to check the building out for a few years now but last time I visited it I was chased away by soi dogs hanging around on the bottom floor. This time I managed to get to the top though. There was a steel gate blocking the stairwell on one of the 2nd or 3rd floor. I had to bribe a few shady-looking people to let me through the gate but they said the building was haunted and they refused to take me upstairs.
I walked up one stairwell for about 30 floors before it ended and then wandered around until I found another stairwell that went to the 48th floor. To get to the rooftop you need to go to the stairwell at the far end of the building and walk up the last flight of steps (the people downstairs advised against using this stairwell but it's the only one that has access to the roof. It actually looked in much better condition that the other stairwells in the building). On the rooftop there is a rusty-looking ladder that lets you climb up on top of the penthouse.
If you're planning to head there, I'd strongly suggest taking a torch because it's pitch black in the stairwells near the top of the building. Because the building has been sitting there since the 90s, there are some holes in the floor and steps that have crumbled away. Even with a torch I slipped on one of the steps and almost went for a big skydive haha. The view from the top is amazing though and it's such a strange experience to spend hours walking through a building without seeing anyone (other than the dodgy people downstairs).
Thanks IMF for making so many buildings like this, I think Greece will be another target. The Millennium Hilton at Klongsan (near Penninsular) was the Ghost tower for many years because of the structure that sink into the river and then they reconstruct and made 5 star hotel nowadays.
I was just curious and wanted to explore the building though because we don't have any ghost towers like this in Australia! If you plan to head there I'd definitely suggest going with others cos dogs sometimes hang around on the lower floors. Although the inside of the building has deteriorated considerably, if you keep your eyes open, bring a torch, and take your time walking around it's fine.
I actually think you have to worry more about the people camping out on the bottom floors than the building itself. Last time I went there they weren't in the building, however, this time I had to bribe them to let me through a steel gate that prevented people walking up the steps. On my way back down I found I was locked in and they wanted me to pay more money before they'd let me out. After I refused, they started asking questions like "Are you alone in Bangkok?" and "Does anyone know you're visiting this building today?". I told them someone had been waiting across the road for me for the past few hours (this wasn't true, but I figured they would try anything if they thought I was there with someone). They argued among each other in Thai for a few seconds before opening the gate so I could continue down the stairwell. If you go there with a few people I really doubt they'll give you any trouble
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Australian PM "rescued" by her security staff after a protest became violent.
What a joke. Who ever made that decision to have her dragged into her car is simply an idiot.
Why didn't they use the other exit on to King George Terrace (see photo), where the car can drive right up to the restaurant
Couldn't the whole ACT police not secure a 50 meters path?
Why didn't they use the garage entry of the restaurant, which is gated? (see photo with cafe van)
Australia Day celebrations, South Perth. Picture: Jordan Shields
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Every Australia Day on the Perth city foreshore there's a fireworks display. It's always a big day on the river and a whole bunch of fun to be involved in. The skyshow lights up the night sky in a very impressive manner.
Last night though, just after the skyshow ended Mother Nature decided she wasn't going to be upstaged and put on a skyshow of her own. It was so amazing to sit back and watch all this happen! The night sky was black at this stage, and this particular show turned the night sky to day again, just for a split second.