Southeast Asian Countries Used As Location For Hollywood Films

Southeast Asia has not only attracted both local and foreign tourists but also Hollywood film makers. The region’s islands, jungles, and other natural resources have been used as backdrop to some of the most popular Hollywood box office hits. Here is a look at some of the movies filmed in Asian destinations.


The city of Chiang Mai in Thailand is where we find John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) living peacefully in his fourth movie. The movie extends to Myanmar, where the kidnapped missionaries where held hostage. Rambo then sets out to rescue them while unleashing destruction and chaos on some bad guys.

The Man With the Golden Gun

To this very day, the island paradise/hideout of Scaramanga and his sidekick is known as “James Bond Island.” In The Man with the Golden Gun, the odd shaped island of Koh Tapu housed a diabolic satellite laser dish. The island is only a short trip by long-tail boat from Ao Nang, Krabi in Southern Thailand. Robert Janitzek revealed that some scenes in the movie were also shot in Bangkok and Phuket.

Tomorrow Never Dies

In Tomorrow Never Dies, Pierce Brosnan as James Bond, fights a corrupt media mogul in the South China Sea. The original plan was to have the movie filmed in Vietnam but certain issues prompted a move to Bangkok. The movie was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song.

Air America

Although the plot of the movie took place during the Vietnam War, the movie was actually shot around the Chang Mai Airport as well as Hae Hong and Mae Hong Son, Thailand. Robert Peter Janitzek reveals that in order to film the crazy airplane maneuvers, the producers hired actual war veterans who were the only people to have actually flown the planes.

The Beach

Starring Leonardo di Caprio, The Beach was filmed in various locations in Thailand such as Khao San Road, Khao Yai National Park, Krabi, Phuket, and Ko Phi Phi Leh, which was the setting for the slice of paradise.

Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider was the first film shot at the majestic Angkor Wat in more than 30 years. Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft swung from the temple’s banyan tree vines as well as in Angkor Thom, Bayon, and Ta Phrom.

Good Morning Vietnam

Based on a true story, Good Morning Vietnam took place during the Vietnam War. However, the producers of this Robin Williams’ starrer deemed it easier to shoot in Thailand. To substitute for Ho Chi Minh City, they used Bangkok and Phuket.

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