Film Locations in Southeast Asia Part 1

Southeast Asia offers a wide range of options for film and TV locations including some that have generated millions of tourist visits.

In this series of posts we will look at some of the most iconic film locations in the region as well as some surprises.

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)

One of the most famous film locations of them all, attracting millions of people to visit the Angkor Archaeological Park in Cambodia.

The film stars Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft and the film features a number of locations in the Angkor area.

Croft arrives at a Cambodian temple complex, which is in Siem Reap, where she is trying to retrieve half of the triangular MacGuffin. She then moves to a Hindhu temple which is Phnom Bakheng which was built in the 9th century.

Croft then travels to the Bayon Temple and then Ta Prohm. The village that is set next to Angkor Wat itself was constructed solely for the film.

Mechanic: Resurrection (2016)

In this sequel to the 2011 film The Mechanic, Jason Statham reprises his role as Arthur Bishop, a retired assassin who has faked his death and now lives in Rio. The film also features Jessica Alba and Tommy Lee Jones.

Significant parts of the action and storyline takes place in Thailand.

Wat Arun temple and Chao Phraya River in Bangkok are both featured as establishment shots in Thailand.

Wat Arun Temple, Bangkok, Thailand. Credit Antonio Romei on flickr

Koh Yao Yai, in the Andaman Sea, is heavily featured, although it is referred to as Koh Lipe in the film. The buildings shown in the film were created for the production so don’t hold out your hopes of staying there. Phang Nga Bay is also featured is some shots.

The prison scene was filmed in Chanthaburi but the shots of the prison island were computer generated.

Georgetown, Penang in Malaysia was also featured in the film.

Kong: Skull Island (2017)

In this King Kong film a US Government funded team head to an unexplored South Pacific Island but find something that they were not expecting.

The film starred Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L Jackson, Brie Larson, John C Reilly and John Goodman.

Vietnam features prominently in the film with landscapes including Ha Long Bay, Ninh Binh wetlands including the Trang An and Tam Coc areas are all important to the film.

The incredible Hang Son Doong Cave in Quing Binh province, one of the world’s largest natural caves, is also heavily featured.

Hang Son Doong Cave, Vietnam. Credit vtoanstar on flickr

Good Morning Vietnam (1987)

One of the most famous and iconic films featuring the Vietnam War the film was mostly shot, of course, in Bangkok, Thailand.

The film, featuring the late, great Robin Williams and Forrest Whitaker features a disc jockey who is sent to Vietnam to feature on Armed Forces Radio.

The street and city scenes integral to the film were virtually all shot in Bangkok. <a rel=”noreferrer noopener” href=”http://<a href=”; target=”_blank”>The Malaysia Hotel in Bangkok was the location for the radio station although extensive renovations were required to achieve the desired effect.

Thaland in Phuket was also used for a number of scenes.

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