A haven for sun seekers, it is no surprise that Thailand attracts holidaymakers from across the globe with its enviable beaches and laidback island lifestyle. It is truly a treat to experience Phuket's stunning scenery, with tropical palms, white sandy shores, dramatic limestone cliffs and hidden islands complete with jungle landscapes. It is this astonishing natural beauty that makes for the perfect backdrop for Hollywood films. When you find yourself sunbaking on Thailand's golden shores, keep an eye out for these famous locations where stars have once stood.
Koh Tapu or James Bond Island
The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
This secluded area of Thailand shot to fame when it starred in the blockbuster James Bond film, The Man with the Golden Gun back in 1974. Koh Tapu, often referred to as James Bond Island, has since retained its stardom and has become a top attraction for tourists visiting Phuket. The island itself remains under national park protection, so the best way to secure a view is either by boat or from the small beach on Koh Ping Ghan. As you set sail across the famous bay, you can appreciate the spectacular limestone cliffs that surge skyward from the emerald waters.
Phang Nga Bay
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
In 1997, the 18th movie in the James Bond series hit cinemas and featured scenes shot from the beautiful Phang Nga Bay. Tomorrow Never Dies with Pierce Brosnan earned a Golden Globe for its efforts and also again catapulted Phuket into fame. To this day, Phang Nga Bay is a must see for all Thailand travellers. Tours regularly depart from Phuket to discover the enchanting natural beauty of the surrounding islands. Watch in awe as you sail past towering limestone islets and jungle clad cliffs in this truly unique island paradise.
The Beach (2000)
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Danny Boyle, The Beach showcased the incredible beauty of Ko Phi Phi’s Maya Bay in 2000. Unlike other films that may have a scene or two filmed in Thailand, this one almost completely revolves around the beautiful beach in Koh Phi Phi. The surrounding translucent waters still sparkle to this day, accompanied by silky white sand and soaring cliffs on almost every side. This is the ideal location for snorkelling with many species of colourful coral and exotic fish. To reach the island, you will need to jump on a boat – if you want to avoid the crowds, try go early in the morning.
Nai Yang Beach
Bridget Jones: the Edge of Reason (2004)
Even a romantic comedy has made the list with scenes of Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason filmed in Phuket. In 2004, the sequel to the extremely popular film, Bridget Jones Diary was released, again starring Renee Zellweger. You will inevitably visit one of the film’s location without even trying – the Phuket International Airport. Otherwise, just 10 minutes drive from the airport is the beautiful shores of Nai Yang Beach which also featured in the movie. It is a relatively undeveloped beach which appears to have kept away the crowds and instead maintained a peaceful atmosphere.
Star Wars Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005)
The Krabi Province is the perfect day trip from Phuket for eager travellers. The region’s lush vegetation and striking limestone cliffs can be seen in the 2005 film Star Wars Episode III - Revenge of the Sith. The lush surrounds were used to represent Kaashyyk in the film – you may have to watch the movie to understand what that is. Less commercialised than its neighbour Phuket, Krabi Province is home to equally blissful beaches and many impressive islands.
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