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Is Southern Thailand The World’s Greatest Movie Set?

Phuket, Krabi, and Phang Nga have been a constant source of inspiration for filmmakers due to their unique landscapes and almost ‘extra-terrestrial’ rock formations. They provide the perfect backdrop for movies in search of spectacular, tropical, or exotic settings and this week, I thought it’d be interesting to highlight some of the most famous movies that have been shot in the South over the years…


The Meg 2: The Trench (2023) – Phuket




Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005) – Krabi




The Hangover II (2011) – Phuket, Phang Nga, and Bangkok




The Beach (2000) – Phuket and Phang Nga




Fast and Furious 9 – The Fast Saga (2021) – Krabi




Man With The Golden Gun (1974) – Phan Nga




Our Take


I was just down in Phuket a week and a half ago and was talking to someone about how the Island has really started to become a hub for film production, so it got me thinking… what’s been shot down there? Well after a bit of research, the answer is a lot. In fact, WAY more than I had originally thought. The list I outlined above is far from extensive (here’s a full list on IMBD), but does include some of the bigger titles. I was pretty amazed that one of the best battle scenes from Star Wars Episode III was a Krabi shoot. That’s an iconic segment and neat that it was shot down there.