The ideal quantity of insight into the lives of people who live in a distant city or nation can be given to tourists by movies. From the comfort of a screen, we may learn about a country’s beliefs and religion, hear the language spoken, gain a sense of the landscape, and even hear the accent. There are almost 100 foreign films that list Thailand as a filming site, and each one captures the country’s evolution while highlighting specific historical events. The last several years have seen the production of some top-notch films in Thailand, most of which were first well-known there before becoming well-known outside. Choose one of these great movies set in Thai cities, and curl up with some popcorn. Below are the top 10 Thai movies which gave a tour of the cities.
1. The Beach (2000)
Danny Boyle directed The Beach, a 2000 film based on the novel of the same name by Alex Garland. A little bay called Maya Bay on the western side of Koh Phi Phi Leh became well-known because of the star turn of Leonardo DiCaprio in this film. Strangely enough, the island referenced in the book is close to Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand, while the island depicted in the movie is in the Andaman Sea, on the other side of the isthmus. You must see The Beach if you intend to unwind on some of Koh Phi Phi’s most stunning islands in Thailand.
2. Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004)
This Bridget Jones’s Diary sequel, directed by Beeban Kidron and shot in 2004, was a commercial success. It fully displays Thailand’s lifestyle charms. This time, the storyline transports them to Bangkok, notorious Soi Cowboy, Phuket Island, Chinatown, the Temple of the Golden Buddha, and Phang Nga Bay, Nai Yang Beach. A sequence in an unidentified Thai prison is included, which is a bummer in an otherwise adorable amusing movie.
3. The Hangover Part II (2011)
As three men struggle around Bangkok in The Hangover Part II, an hour and 42 minutes of laughter are guaranteed. This film successfully captures the seedier side of Bangkok in a funny, compelling way, from ladyboy stripe clubs to hidden tattoo parlors. The Chao Phraya River, Chinatown, and Soi Cowboy are all prominently shown, but the five-star rooftop bar The Dome at Lebua takes home the prize because it served as the location for many of the movie’s most famous sequences. Another imaginative reconstruction is the Samut Prakarn park museum Ancient City as a fictitious temple for monks who take a vow of silence.
4. The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
The Man with the Golden Gun, a 1974 film, dazzles with exhilarating action sequences and exotic filming locations throughout Asia, including Hong Kong, Macau, and Thailand. The heart-pounding boat scenario in Phuket’s Phang Nga Bay is something that many of us will undoubtedly remember. The Nail-shaped limestone islet in the background is Koh Tapu, a landmark that gained rapid notoriety after the movie’s premiere. After some time, Phang Nga Bay took the name James Bond Island.
5. The Railway Man (2013)
The Railway Man is a must-see movie if the city of Kanchanaburi is on your schedule as you travel across Thailand. In the film, The Railway Man, a man who had devastated by his terrible experiences in World War II struggles to move on with his life. You won’t be able to take your eyes off the screen until the credits start to roll because of the movie’s excellent production and extensive piece of information.
6. Extraction (2020)
Extraction, directed by Sam Hargrave and shot in 2020, is one of the most watched movies on Netflix. There is a mercenary hired to find the kidnapped son of an Indian drug lord, but things turn out worse than he expected. There are a lot of action sequences in Ratchaburi’s less-known Ban Pong province, providing a dramatic backdrop to the movie.
7. The Impossible (2012)
The Impossible, a movie directed by Juan Antonio Bayona and shot in 2012, is based on the real account of a British family who spent Christmas 2004 in a beachside resort in Khao Lak when an earthquake and tsunami struck the Indian Ocean. It resulted in the deaths of 200,000 people in 14 different nations, making it one of the deadliest natural catastrophes in world history. The intense movie was filmed in Khao Lak, notably at the Orchid Beach Resort, as well as in Phuket and Krabi.
8. Bangkok Dangerous (2008)
The Hollywood adaptation of the 1999 film Bangkok Dangerous in 2008 received negative reviews from analysts, just like many other remakes. However, it’s always entertaining to observe Bangkok via the lens of Hollywood, which frequently portrays it as existing full of dirty and ominous locales. In his role as the despondent hitman, Nicolas Cage creeps past tourist hotspots like the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and other seedy areas of Bangkok.
9. The Big Boss (1971)
One of the oldest and most famous films made entirely in Thailand is The Big Boss. It takes place at Pak Chong, which serves as a point of entry into the nation’s northeast and is the site of the beautiful Khao Yai National Park. The kung-fu great serves up constant action but also deals with emotional dilemmas for 100 riveting minutes, taking the viewer on a fascinating journey.
10. Cutthroat Island (1995)
Geena Davis plays the pirate in the 1995 romantic comedy action film Cutthroat Island. The story revolves around Morgan Adams (Matthew Moddine) search in 1668 Jamaica for the missing pieces of a treasure map. Most of the external views in the film were shot in Maya Bay on Koh Phi Phi Leh, which provided an excellent backdrop and elevated the production value.