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Dynamic Music Video Location: Following in the footsteps of Troye Sivan

A Screenshot from Troye Sivan's Music Video of "Got Me Started.”

Thailand isn’t just a holiday hotspot; it’s also becoming increasingly popular as a filming location for international productions. Bangkok locations, for example, is emerging as a prime destination for filmmakers seeking vibrant backdrops and cultural richness.

The vibrant cityscape of the capital presents a mesmerizing array of visual delights, spanning from lively markets and neon-lit streets to towering skyscrapers and intricate temples. Bangkok boasts a spectrum of atmospheres, ranging from vintage charm to contemporary sophistication and even futuristic aesthetics, offering filmmakers a diverse palette of settings to bring their visions to life.

Recently, Australian artist Troye Sivan showcased Bangkok’s diverse landscapes in the music video of his song “Got Me Started.” The music video, directed by Gordon von Steiner, also featured Thai drag performers Angele Anang and Année Maywong

Viewers of the music video may recognize some familiar spots like Chong Nonsi Skywalk or Yaowarat Road, aka. Chinatown, which is frequently featured in the media. However, it’s the fresh perspective presented in the video that reveals a new dimension of the city’s charm.

Moreover, it celebrates Bangkok’s unique blend of individuality and inclusivity, welcoming people of all genders and ages.

Let’s embark on a journey through four Bangkok neighborhoods, following in the footsteps of Troye Sivan’s exploration in “Got Me Started.”

Watch the MV before our journey:

1. Yaowarat

Location :

Yaowarat aka. Bangkok's Chinatown

Start your journey in the most recognizable area featured in the music video, known for its vibrant atmosphere characterized by the illuminated signs of numerous department stores. This bustling thoroughfare is none other than the renowned tourist hotspot Yaowarat Road or Bangkok’s Chinatown.

While Yaowarat is famed for its diverse array of street food offerings, its allure extends beyond culinary delights. This area harbors numerous hidden gems, including Thai and Chinese temples, well-preserved historic buildings exuding timeless beauty, and a plethora of shopping opportunities catering to various interests. With its rich history as a prominent trading hub for the Thai-Chinese community, Yaowarat maintains a traditional trading ambiance that transcends time. 

Yaowarat isn’t just about tradition; it’s evolving with the times. Amidst the classic charm, you’ll find a burgeoning scene of new cafes and restaurants that seamlessly blend with the area’s cultural heritage, offering tourists a taste of the ancient local culture. This fusion of past and present makes Yaowarat an ideal setting to showcase the exquisite diversity and individuality depicted in the music video for “Got Me Started.”

2. Hua Lamphong

Location :

The Hua Lamphong area

A short distance away lies our second destination: the Hua Lamphong area. Besides housing a historic train station, once a bustling transit hub, this district holds significance as the gateway to Bangkok’s historical tourist routes, spanning from Yaowarat to Rattanakosin Island in the old city.

For those enchanted by the timeless allure of Hua Lamphong Train Station, a prominent feature in the music video, we invite you to venture a bit further to discover Sri Hua Lamphong Hotel. This ancient lodging establishment, akin in age to the train station, has provided sanctuary to travelers since the days of yore, perhaps continuing to do so to this day.

While access to the hotel may be restricted, you can still immerse yourself in its nostalgic ambiance by booking a room and experiencing a glimpse of the past. Despite the passage of time, Sri Hua Lamphong Hotel remains open for business, preserving its rich heritage for guests seeking an authentic historical stay.

3. Chong Nonsi Skywalk

Location :

Chong Nonsi Skywalk

Continuing our journey from Hua Lamphong, we hopped on the MRT and seamlessly transferred to the BTS, making our way to the iconic Chong Nonsi Skywalk, featured prominently in Troye Sivan’s music video.

Chong Nonsi Skywalk stands as a distinguished landmark in Bangkok, although initially designed as a pedestrian walkway connecting the BTS and BRT mass transit systems. Its striking beauty and distinctive design have made it a sought-after filming location for various media productions, including commercials, movies, dramas, and the music video “Got Me Started.”

Beyond the skywalk, we recommend exploring another gem in the Chong Nonsi area: Khlong Chong Nonsi Public Park. This quaint public park is conveniently located within walking distance from BTS Chong Nonsi Station. Offering a peaceful retreat, the park invites visitors to unwind and enjoy leisurely strolls from 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily.

4. Phra Khanong

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W District in Phra Khanong

To wrap up the day’s exploration, we board the BTS for a leisurely ride to Phra Khanong Station. A short stroll from the station brings us to ‘W District,’ a vibrant mixed-use development featuring a community mall, department stores, restaurants, offices, and residences all within the same vicinity. Among these is the ‘Sky Walk Residences,’ a condominium prominently featured in the music video.

Phra Khanong has evolved into a bustling residential hub, attracting a diverse array of residents from various nationalities. Consequently, the area boasts an eclectic culinary scene, with restaurants and cafes representing numerous cultures tucked away amidst its streets.

While we may not replicate Troye’s rooftop dance at Sky Walk Residences, we can indulge in the culinary delights offered at W District. With an array of dining options to tantalize the taste buds, including food trucks and evening food markets, there’s something to satisfy every craving and make for a memorable conclusion to our day of exploration.

Beyond the capital, the rest of Thailand also offers an incredible diversity of locations, from serene countryside landscapes to breathtaking beaches. Check out some other great filming locations around the country

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