Created 15-May-14
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A part of the previous KLM-hotel "Plaswijck" in Bangkok 2009.

Bangkok was a very important hub to SE-Asia during the struggles/wars of the Dutch with Indonesia in the time of Sukarno as the KLM wasn't allowed to land anymore in Jakarta.

Built in 1932 and used by the KLM (Royal Dutch Airlines) at a contract of 30 years, so, far into the sixties. Being overcrowded when the Dutch had to leave previous Dutch New Guinea) under the "famous" plan Bunker or "New York Agreement" and flew from Biak (West Papua) to Amsterdam.

A bit of history and old photos can be found in the forum "KLM history" (in Dutch). The property was in possession of the controversial Thai Field Marshal Pibun Songkram who issued a declaration of war against Britain and the United States in January 1942.

When I was visiting the premises they were still in possession of the heir of Plaek Phibunsongkhram, the previous owner.

KLM Hotel Plaswijck Bangkok.

location: Chaeng Wathana Rd. - Bangkok

Latitude and longitude 13°52'46.31" N 100°35'13.25" E (also visible in Google street-view)
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