In Laos the local film industry is beginning to flourish after decades of being virtually dormant. For years, the only films produced in this socialist country were government propaganda movies, although recently a new breed of young directors has emerged in the country to make movies that stepped on the world’s stage.
The Lao government is offering a number of non-tax incentives as part of efforts to promote foreign direct investments, aiming to woo businesses to the country.
LAOS FILMING LOCATIONS
The best film locations for Laos are indeed Vientiane, Luang Prabang and Vang Vieng.
Vientiane, also spelled Viangchan, is a former French trading post. Easily walkable, the historic old quarter of Vientiane boasts glittering temples, picturesque river serpent statues, wandering Buddhist monks, and boulevards lined up with frangipani and tamarind trees.
Vientiane is achieving an unprecedented level of panache with a distinctly Gallic flavor. You can find low-cost digs and street markets, boutique accommodation and old-fashioned bakeries.
Luang Prabang slows your pulse and awakens your imagination. Beyond the evident history and heritage of the old French town, there are aquamarine waterfalls, trekking and mountain-bike opportunities, kayaking trips and river cruises nested into an outstanding natural beauty. Sitting at the sacred confluence of the Mekong River and the Nam Khan River, nowhere else can lay claim to this UNESCO-protected gem’s.
Over the last 20 years Luang Prabang has seen plenty of financial investment. The population has swollen, and yet still the peninsula remains as sleepy and friendly as a village, as if time has stood still here.
LAOS, FILM CREW & EQUIPMENT RENTAL
Vientiane remains the main city for the some basic camera, grip and lighting equipment and therefore standard and more specialized gear would have to be sourced from abroad.
Bangkok is the closest major production centre, and it is conveniently connected to Laos both through land and air.
Following on from the same logic key crew shall should be brought in from abroad, although some local resources can be hired for.
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