10 Reasons to Film in Thailand

If you are filmmaker looking for that “Wow” factor to add to your storytelling, you seriously need to consider Thailand. If Thailand isn’t currently on your list of shooting destinations, let us give you 10 reasons why you should consider Thailand for your next TV or film production.

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1. Unique and Diverse Locations

Thailand is known for its breathtaking landscapes and diverse range of locations, making it an ideal destination for film and TV producers who are looking to capture unique visuals. Whether you’re looking for tropical beaches, ancient temples, bustling cities, or dense jungles, Thailand has it all. This diversity in locations means that film and TV producers can create a wide range of visuals, from the epic and sweeping to the intimate and personal.

Did you know? Many Hollywood productions have used Thailand as a stand-in for its neighbouring countries. For example, Bangkok stood in for Saigon in the Vietnam War era films The Deer Hunter (1978) and Good Morning Vietnam (1987). Killing Fields (1984), an acclaimed British drama about the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia, was filmed in Bangkok and Phuket, while Air America (1990), an action comedy set in Laos, was filmed in Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand.

2. Affordable Production Costs

Filming in Thailand can be more cost-effective than other destinations, with lower production costs, lower talent costs, and lower post-production costs. This makes it a great option for film and TV producers who are working on a tight budget and need to maximize their resources. In addition, the country’s modern infrastructure and well-developed film industry means that film and TV producers have access to the latest equipment and technologies, making it easier to achieve high-quality results on a budget.

3. Experienced Crew

Thailand has a pool of experienced English-speaking local crews that can support your production. From cinematographers and sound technicians to set designers and costume specialists, the local talent in Thailand can bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to your project. Working with local crew members can also help you tap into the unique cultural perspectives that can bring a fresh perspective to your film and make it stand out from others.
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4. Professional Production Companies

Thailand has a thriving film and TV production industry, with a number of highly experienced and professional production companies that are well-equipped to help you bring your vision to life. Thailand has over 400 production companies specializing in foreign productions.

5. Thailand Film Incentive

The Thailand Film Incentive offers a 20% cash rebate on eligible production expenses for foreign filmmakers shooting in the country. This government-established program has attracted many productions and the application process is simple. The rebate can help offset production costs and make filming in Thailand more attractive. 

6. Post-Production Facilities

Thailand has a thriving post-production industry and offers a range of facilities for film editing, sound mixing, and visual effects. Whether you need to finish a film or just want to add the final touches, Thailand is a great place to work on post-production.

7. Ease of Travel

Another benefit of filming in Thailand is the ease of travel. Located in Southeast Asia, Thailand is well connected to other countries in the region and is served by a number of major international airports, making it easy to access from all over the world. Additionally, many of the nearby countries in Asia, such as Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam, are just a short flight away, allowing filmmakers to easily explore new locations for future projects or for scouting purposes.
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8. Access to State-of-the-Art Equipment

Thailand has a well-developed film industry and is equipped with the latest in high-end camera and lighting equipment, making it easier to get the look you want for your film.

9. Strong Infrastructure

With a solid infrastructure in place, it’s easy to get around Thailand, making it possible to shoot in multiple locations in a single day via trains, planes, boat, and automobiles. The country has 38 airports in total (including 6 key international airports) as well as an extensive rail network, connecting all regions of Thailand.

10. Ideal Weather

Thailand has a tropical climate with warm temperatures throughout the year, making it a great destination for outdoor shoots. With abundant sunshine and little rain, filmmakers can easily capture the beauty of the country’s landscapes and seascapes on film. The weather also makes it a great destination for beach and water-based scenes, allowing filmmakers to take advantage of the stunning scenery and crystal-clear waters. Whether you’re filming on a remote island or in a bustling city, the ideal weather in Thailand can make your shoot a success.

Thailand Facts

Name:
Kingdom of Thailand

Population:
71.8 million

Location:
Southeast Asia along the gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea. The country shares borders with Myanmar and Lao PDR to the north, Cambodia to the east and Malaysia to the south.

Area:
514,000 sq. km. Thailand is the world’s 50th largest country by total area and slightly bigger than Spain.

Capital:
Bangkok (pop. 11 million).

Famous landmarks in Bangkok:
The Grand Palace, Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Wat Arun, Democracy Monument, Lebua at State Tower, Khao San Road, The MBK Center.

Currency:
Baht (1 USD = 35 baht approx.)

Other famous landmarks:
Doi Suthep and Doi Inthanon National Park in Chiang Mai; Wat Rong Khun (The White Temple) in Chiang Rai; Erawan National Park in Kanchanaburi; Wat Mahathat in Ayutthaya; Big Buddha and Maya Bay in Phuket; James Bond Island in Phang Nga Bay; Railay Beach in Krabi.

Language:
Thai

English is understood quite well in Bangkok and the major tourist areas.

GDP:
505.9 billion USD

Climate:
Subtropical, with three distinct seasons: hot season (March to mid-May), rainy season (mid-May to October) and cool season (November to February).

Time Zone:
UTC +7

Travel:
Thailand has a total of 38 airports, including six key international airports located in Bangkok, Phuket, Hat Yai, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai.

Interested in shooting your next movie in Thailand? Contact Greenlight Films to find out how we can help!