Laos is a landlocked country, nestled in between Thailand to the south and China to the north. It also remains one of SE Asia’s least developed nations. This makes filming in Laos an opportunity for adventure.
Laos also has ample potential for innovative producers to access locations that have yet to grace the silver screen.Any film production company shooting in Laos will never lack for scenery. As always, Mbrella Films can help to secure the necessary Laos film production services.
Laos Film Production Company
In Laos the local film industry is beginning to flourish after decades of lying virtually dormant. For years, the only films produced in this socialist country were government propaganda movies. Times have changed. Recently a new breed of talented young directors has emerged to make movies that are stepping out on to the world’s stage.
The Lao government is offering a number of non-tax incentives in a commendable effort to promote foreign direct investments, aiming to woo businesses to the country. There has never been a better time to explore off the beaten path in this mountainous locale. And with such an abundance of natural wonders and rich history, best to keep the cameras rolling.
Our team of experienced producers at Mbrella Films is very familiar with the Laos terrain and infrastructure, so reach out anytime for guidance and prompt quotations. We’re confident we can help make your experience shooting in this exotic country productive, efficient and successful. Keep reading for more on making Laos a film production destination, including details on specific locations and crew / equipment procural.
Laos Filming Locations
The most well-established film locations in Laos are the major cities of Vientiane, Luang Prabang and Vang Vieng. Vientiane is a former French colonial trading post. Easily walkable, the historic old quarter of Vientiane boasts glittering temples, picturesque river serpent statues, wandering Buddhist monks, and boulevards lined with frangipani and tamarind trees.
Vientiane achieves an unprecedented level of panache with a distinctly Gallic flavor. Here you can find low-cost digs, street markets, boutique accommodation, and old-fashioned bakeries. The French culinary influence is palpable, while the area also retains its distinct pre-colonial charm.
Luang Prabang slows the pulse and awakens the imagination. Beyond the evident history and heritage of the old French town, there are aquamarine waterfalls, trekking and mountain-bike opportunities. For some cool respite, kayaking trips and river cruises coalesce into a panorama of outstanding natural beauty. Sitting at the sacred confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers, this community invokes a sense of spiritual awakening as memories of city life quickly fade.
Over the last 20 years, Luang Prabang has seen plenty of financial investment. The population has swollen, and yet still this river peninsula remains as sleepy and friendly as a village where time stands still.
Laos Film Crew and Equipment Rental
Vientiane remains the main hub for the acquisition of basic camera, grip and lighting equipment. Higher standard gear and more specialized items would have to be sourced from abroad. This is an easy fix through Mbrella’s on-site producers. Bangkok is the closest major production center, being conveniently connected to Laos via either land or air. Multiple flights from BKK arrive in Laos daily from a variety of carriers.
Following on from the same logic, key filmmaking crew is best brought in from abroad, although some local resources can be hired should the need arise.
Our team at Mbrella Films remains dedicated to helping you with your production requirements in Laos. Whether your project is large or small – call on us to provide you with a quick quotation. Just fill out the form on this page, or shoot us an email or call. With the right production company support, Laos is an open book waiting to be translated to screen.