Top Filming Locations in Bangkok
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Written by Patrick Harney | @pharnney
Nine Key Areas:
Hua Lampong | Train Station
Phrom Phong Area
Klong Toei Slum
Hua Mark | Sport Stadium
Bangkok has a little bit of everything, the city offers flavors of different culture. With the variety of natural beauty, amazing world class architecture and the mix of local tradition with modern skyscrapers, the progressive metropolis will make you smile in the Land of Smiles.
As a native to the city, we have compiled a little taste of film locations Bangkok has to offer.
The Sathorn area is considered being the Wall Street neighbourhood of Bangkok. Characterised by huge skyscrapers and buildings, which host offices of many local and international firms.
It is indeed the perfect area for a western TV commercial shooting, as it resembles the modern urban Metropolis.
The traditional Thai-Chinese district is home to fast pace market lifestyle during the day and a street food paradise at night. The markets and restaurants show an ambiance we know well from the many Chinatowns around the world yet in Thailand they blend so well with the shophouses, arcades, and street food vendors that stretch on for miles. The district has no shortage of opportunity from hundreds of tuk tuks, riverside ferries, street alley’s and lights. The side streets all connect with Yaowarat; the heart of Chinatown and main road.
Many of these side streets can act as dark alleyways you wouldn’t dare to even enter but you eventually see a person popping out from the one of them or eating, noticing you can explore further.
As we leave the hustle and bustle of Chinatown proper, the rest of the area feels calm as people go about their day, seemingly too far removed from the traffic and insanity of inner Bangkok. Behind the streets, there is a network of small “soi” and alleys. It is here we find a flourishing art movement, small unique bars and galleries like at Soi Nana (not that really popular one on Sukhumvit). This location is one of the most preferred by productions and agencies, since it really conveys the Asian vibe to the video production shoot.
When we think of Bangkok, this usually is the first place that comes to mind and the most touristic area of the city. This “island” can be called the Old Town, shock full of temples, palaces, markets, universities, and government offices. On lands that belong to the Crown, shooting with large crews can be tightly controlled by the film board, but we will get you all the necessary permits to film here, even to use drones.
Most of the architecture is a huge mix of royal classical Thai style, with its golden pagodas, palaces and colonial architecture. The latter is usually for government agencies and ministries or even university buildings. The district is also dotted with Chinese style shophouses ubiquitous to Chinatown. Rattanakosin is a great place for a quiet video production project.
Across from the infamous Paragon mall, Siam Square is a must confess trendy district. This area is essentially small streets laid out in an New York style grid block system that is filled with vendors and mini malls in between them. From micro parks to traditional style cinema theatre Siam Square changes looks on every street. Many productions and agencies are interested in this area since it resembles a Japanese funky location.
Hua Lamphong – Train Station
Close to Chinatown, the train station itself is over a hundred years old which is still used daily by the public. The train station inside represents a Thai-renaissance like style atmosphere that is simply beautiful. All 14 platforms on ground level under a huge a hanger that catches light in the most cliche setting. This is the perfect location for a video production shooting that involves an old European lookalike train station.
With a rolling stock of trains, this station is an ancient location where observers can get up close to trains, some even whilst moving. This graveyard is directly across the notorious Queen Sirikit park and is home to mainly unused old rusted locomotives. This is probably one of the most interesting areas of Bangkok, especially for its uniqueness. Unfortunately, recently, it has been prohibited to enter the area and no video shooting nor photography is allowed.
Phrom Phong Area
Popular among the Japanese community, Phrom Phong is filled with a mass of shopping complexes, malls, parks, restaurants and boutique shops reinforcing it as one of the most upscale and desired neighborhoods in Bangkok. The Japanese Thai area shares its skytrain station as a concrete plain used as a Hotspot for sponsored events and holiday activities. Perfect area for a Japanese or SE Asia commercial or music video.
Khlong Toei Slum
Going to Bangkok’s more gritty nature, the railway in the Khlong Toei Slum is famous for its extreme example of poverty. With a train line going straight through the middle of shed like neighbourhood, this location is an emotional roller coaster for directors showing the underbelly of city. Here you’ll easily stumble upon people drinking at mid afternoon in the street, gambling, resting, etc.
Hua Mak Sports Stadium
Hua Mak Sports stadium or Rajamangala National Stadium is the premier sports stadium in Bangkok, home to the national football team games, concerts, skeet shooting, swimming, volleyball, basketball, skateboarding parks and many commercials. The compound is extremely big with restaurants all around and local universities.
These characteristics are what makes Bangkok such a perfect film location in any scenario. If you are a video production company, production house or agency and are looking for a location to shoot an upcoming advertising TVC, film or music video, then you should definitely take Bangkok into consideration.
If you want to know more on how Thailand is the perfect location for your next video shooting then you must read our Why Thailand? article.