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Lights, Camera, Thailand: Exploring Hollywood Movies Filmed in the Land of Smiles

Mother of the Bride (2024)

Lights, camera, action! Welcome to Thailand’s vibrant world of international cinema, where stunning landscapes, bustling cities, and rich cultural heritage set the stage for cinematic adventures. 

In this blog, we’ll take you on a journey through some of the most iconic Hollywood movies filmed in Thailand, giving you a glimpse into the magic of movie-making in the Land of Smiles.

Read more about why Thailand is one of the world’s best filming locations.

1. Mother of the Bride (2024)

Phuket, located in southern Thailand, served as the primary filming location for the Netflix rom-com “Mother of the Bride.” The island’s stunning scenery and diverse landscapes provided the perfect backdrop for the film. The producers showcased Phuket’s renowned beaches, including Patong Beach, Kata Beach, and the secluded Laem Singh Beach, accessible only by boat.

These picturesque spots were ideal for the movie’s romantic scenes and beach parties. Additionally, the filmmakers captured the vibrant essence of Phuket’s Old Town, with its blend of Sino-Portuguese architecture and colorful shops, adding an authentic Thai charm to the scenes.

2. Meg 2 (2023)

Much of the final act of “Meg 2: The Trench” was filmed in Phuket, Thailand. This southern province, home to the country’s largest island (also named Phuket) and many smaller islands, provided an ideal setting for the movie’s climax. The scenes set at the fictional resort of Fun Island, where terrifying creatures attack Jonas’s team, the mercenaries, and the tourists, were captured on the stunning beaches of Phuket.

3. The Creator (2023)

Approximately 60-70 different locations were utilized for “The Creator.” For instance, the extended wooden bridge where the big tank battle was filmed is located in Mon Village, Sangkhlaburi, on a river outside Bangkok. Additionally, scenes were shot at Bangkok International Airport and a train terminal in Bangkok. The IMPACT Arena, Exhibition and Convention Center in Muang Thong Thani served as the interior of NOMAD—those scenes where Alphie runs through sleek white hallways were captured there. What sets this movie apart is the commitment to using real locations. Typically, for a sci-fi hallway, one would construct it on a soundstage. However, due to budget and timing constraints, real locations with futuristic aesthetics were sought out and used as they were.

4. Gold (2016)

In the 2016 film “Gold,” viewers are whisked away to the lush landscapes of Indonesia’s jungle, where Matthew McConaughey’s character embarks on a quest for riches. However, behind the scenes, Thailand’s captivating scenery played a vital role in bringing this adventure to life.

The production team strategically utilized Thailand’s natural wonders, such as Chiang Mai’s verdant forests and Khao Sok National Park’s rugged terrain, to depict the untamed wilderness of Indonesia. With its misty mountains and winding rivers, Chiang Mai set the stage for Kenny Wells’ desperate search for gold, while Khao Sok’s ancient rainforests added an element of danger to the characters’ journey.

5. Only God Forgives (2013)

Enter the dark and atmospheric world of “Only God Forgives,” a stylish thriller set amidst the neon-lit streets of Bangkok. Starring Ryan Gosling, this film immerses viewers in the city’s gritty underbelly as Gosling’s character navigates a dangerous underworld of crime and corruption. From the pulsating energy of Bangkok’s nightlife to its shadowy alleyways, the city becomes a character, adding depth and intensity to the film’s gripping narrative.

6. Mechanic: Resurrection (2016)

“Mechanic: Resurrection” capitalized on Thailand’s multifaceted landscapes and dynamic urban settings for its filming locations, capturing the country’s allure and energy on screen. The bustling capital of Bangkok served as a primary backdrop, infusing the film with its iconic landmarks, vibrant streets, and bustling atmosphere, likely featuring its vibrant street markets, nightlife districts, and modern skyscrapers, providing a visually stunning setting for the film’s action sequences.

Additionally, Thailand’s picturesque islands, including Phuket and its surroundings, offered striking natural backdrops for key scenes, with pristine beaches and lush landscapes contrasting the urban chaos. Phuket’s renowned beaches likely played a prominent role, showcasing Thailand’s natural beauty.

Other locations across Thailand, from remote jungle areas to historic temples, may have been utilized to create diverse settings throughout the film. Overall, Thailand’s cinematic appeal and versatility shine through in “Mechanic: Resurrection,” with its diverse settings and vibrant atmosphere enhancing the film’s storyline and immersing viewers in a captivating visual experience as they follow Arthur Bishop’s thrilling adventures across the country.

7. The Hangover Part II (2013)

The Wolfpack is back for one final adventure in “The Hangover Part II,” returning to the chaotic streets of Bangkok for more outrageous antics. From the towering heights of the Sathorn Unique Tower to the majestic beauty of Wat Arun, Bangkok’s iconic landmarks provide the perfect backdrop for the film’s comedic chaos. As the Wolfpack navigates the city’s bustling streets and labyrinthine canals, audiences are treated to a rollercoaster ride of laughs and surprises.

8. No Escape (2015)

In “No Escape,” Thailand becomes a vibrant character, providing the backdrop for the family’s harrowing journey through a violent coup. From the chaotic streets of Bangkok to the serene temples of Chiang Mai and the rural heartlands where danger lurks, Thailand’s diverse landscapes and culture play a pivotal role. While specific filming locations aren’t extensively documented, the country’s varied terrain, from lush jungles to tranquil beaches, lends authenticity to the narrative, showcasing its enduring cinematic allure. Thailand emerges not just as a setting but as an integral part of the film’s atmosphere, enriching the viewer’s experience with its depth and vibrancy on the silver screen.

9. Da 5 Bloods (2020)

In Spike Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods” a 2020 war drama, Thailand plays a supporting role alongside Vietnam as a backdrop for certain scenes. While specific filming locations are not extensively documented, it’s likely that Bangkok featured prominently for urban settings, providing the film with its bustling streets and vibrant markets. Thailand’s lush jungles and rural landscapes may have been utilized to depict the dense forests and remote regions traversed by the characters during their journey, offering a backdrop that captures the rugged beauty of Southeast Asia.

Additionally, Thailand’s historical sites and landmarks could have contributed to the film’s authenticity, evoking the cultural and historical context of the story. While Vietnam is the primary setting for “Da 5 Bloods,” Thailand’s diverse landscapes, urban centers, and historical sites likely enriched the film’s visual narrative, contributing to its immersive portrayal of the region.

10. The Greatest Beer Run Ever (2022)

“The Greatest Beer Run Ever” a film that captures the daring mission of one man delivering beer to his friends during the Vietnam War, utilized Thailand’s diverse landscapes to recreate the historical backdrop. Filming commenced on September 13, 2021, with locations spanning across Chiang Mai Province (Chiang Dao District), Ratchaburi Province (with Photharam Airport standing in for Danang Airport, Vietnam), Hua Hin Airport in Prachuap Khiri Khan Province, Samut Prakan Province (Sub Sri Thai Port), and various sites around Bangkok. The bustling streets and vibrant atmosphere of Bangkok were prominently featured, adding an authentic feel to the war-era setting.

With a crew of over 300 members, the production adhered to strict COVID-19 prevention measures, ensuring safety while working closely with the local coordinator, Living Film Company Limited. This meticulous planning and execution not only brought the story to life but also showcased Thailand’s capability to stand in for various international locations.


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