Film Locations in Southeast Asia Part 2

In part 1 of our look at the key Southeast Asia film locations we featured Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Angkor Wat, Mechanic: Resurrection in Thailand and Malaysia and the surprising locations for Good Morning Vietnam and the South Pacific Island in Kong; Skull Island.

We continue our series with more film locations including one of the most iconic of them all.

The Man With the Golden Gun (1974)

Roger Moore in one of his best known outings as James Bond stars alongside Christopher Lee and Britt Ekland.

James Bond follows villain Scaramanga to Bangkok where an epic chase takes place through the Klongs of the Thai capital. Bangkok Rajadamnern Stadium is the location for the Thai boxing match where Bond meets Scaramanga.

Rajadamnern Stadium, Bangkok. Credit Ryo Tezuka on flickr

Also featured as the karate school is Muang Boran, the Ancient City, one of the largest outdoor museums in the world featuring scled down versions of the buildings and temples of Bangkok.

We then get to arguably the most famous Bond landmark of them all. Ko Tapu in Phang Nga Bay now more commonly referred to as James Bond Island. Millions of tourists each year take bus and boat trips to this incredible Karst limestone pillar.

Apocalypse Now (1979)

Now seen as a classic Vietnam movie it was not filmed in Vietnam at all. At the time of filming there was no way that American filmakers would be allowed to film in the country and even now it is debatable if a Vietnam War film would be allowed to film in the country.

Instead Francis Ford Coppola took stars Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen and Robert Duvall to Luzon in the Philippines.

The incredible helicopter attack scene backed by Wagner was filmed in Baler on Luzon. Baler Bay was the location for the surfing scenes.

The shoot was increasingly problematic as original sets in Iba were destroyed by Typhoon Olga (Ising) and had to be recreated at Pagsanjan, south of Manilla.

Eat Pray Love (2010)

This Julia Roberts film inspires many people to travel to help find themselves and some even find themselves at the same resort that is featured in the film.

The main film location is Ubud in Indonesia which heavily featured Ubud market and the rice terraces in the nearby mountains.

Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. Credit.Marvin Meyer on Unsplash

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Around the World in 80 Days (1956)

In the original version of this film David Niven is Phileas Fogg who takes an unusual route around the world which leads them to Bangkok.

He cruises along the Chao Praya River and are even greeted by the golden barge of King Phumiphon who lent it and the crew for the filming. They cruise along the river past the Grand Palace.

Photo credit Sven Vahaja on Unspalsh

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