If you’re looking for a stunning beach setting then you are spoilt for choice in Thailand. Highlights include Maya Beach on Phi Phi island: its impressive scenery of clear sea and sandy beach was featured in Danny Boyle’s The Beach (2000).
Phuket is another popular location. Thailand’s largest island, it has been used as a setting for several films, including the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), doubling as the home for Bond’s nemesis, Scaramanga.
Koh Phangan is another popular island, renowned for tourists flocking to its beach throughout the year for its heaving full moon parties. The biggest party of them all, taking place on New Year’s Eve, sees thousands of people gather to celebrate until the early hours.
It’s not only beaches that attract filmmakers to the country. Thailand also has many bustling cities, with the most notable being its capital, Bangkok.
Full to the brim of street markets, tuk tuks and bars, Bangkok has been the setting for several Hollywood blockbusters, such as Bangkok Dangerous (2008) starring Nicolas Cage. The main street, Khao San Road, is always a hub of activity and never sleeps.
Head to the north of Thailand, and you’ll find it full of picturesque mountains and wooded areas. Chang Mai, Thailand’s largest city, is striking and has no end of temples and mountain views. Films that have taken advantage of its landscapes include Ridley Scott’s American Gangster (2007) and Rambo (2008), starring Sylvester Stallone.