Thailand's Second Largest Island
One of the most popular beach destinations in Southern Thailand is Koh Samui. The country's second largest island, it lies on the opposite (eastern) side of the mainland from its largest island, the somewhat better-known Phuket. While Koh Samui's interior is jungle, its beaches are some of the finest in Southeast Asia. Contributor Robin Puskas used a DJI drone to create this mesmerizing aerial view of this bit of paradise in the Gulf of Thailand, which sits on the western side of the Gulf of Thailand.
Phang Nga Bay
Thailand's Krabi province is perhaps best known for the dozens of small islands which lie off its coast in Phang Nga Bay. Top contributor Christian Cuvelier used a drone to create this epic continuous "reveal" shot of these beautiful islands. James Bond fans may recognize this area from The Man with the Golden Gun (1974, #10 in the series) and Tomorrow Never Dies (1997, #20). Phang Nga Bay "stood in" for unnamed "Red Chinese Waters" in the former movie and Vietnam's Ha Long Bay in the latter.
Aerial Tour of Phuket
Phuket is both an island (the largest in Thailand) and a province consisting of Phuket and about 30 smaller islands in the area. It sits far down the Malaysian Peninsula from the rest of Thailand, forming the western side of Phang Nga Bay. This area has become, in recent years, one of the world's top beach destinations, often compared to Bali in Indonesia. Contributor MartinD used a DJI Mavic Pro to shoot this remarkable aerial tour of Phuket on a trip to the tropical island in 2017.
Filming Location for The Beach
Thailand's Koh Phi Phi islands stand atop most lists of the best spots in the country, especially since becoming the shooting location of the movie The Beach starring Leonard DiCaprio in 2000. Distinguished by large limestone rocks. the islands are situated in the Andaman Sea, in the Krabi province. Contributor Agrippa907th used a DJI Mavic Pro drone to aerially capture these stunning islands. The video also includes drone footage of Railay, which lies a bit to the north.
Contributor and drone pilot RoamwithJohn hails from South Korea. He traveled to the fabled Thai province of Phuket with his DJI Mavic Pro drone to make this video. The piece beautifully captures many spots around the island, which is now connected to the mainland of Thailand via the Sarasin Bridge. While Phuket was decimated by the great tsunamai which crashed into the area in December, 2004, it has made great strides toward recovery and is now home to about 600,000 people.
Phuket's Chalong Temple
Thailand's Phuket province has nearly 30 Buddhist temples, a testament to the religious sentiment of the island. The most famous of these is the Wat Chalong Temple, which sits above the town of Chalong near the southern tip of the island. Wat Chalong was built in the late 19th century in honor of two monks who led political struggles in the company at that time. Contributor Raivig used a drone to capture the beauty of this important religious landmark from a drone.
Railay is one of Thailand's best known beach areas, sitting in the southern tip of the country between the cities of Krabi and Ao Nang. With stunning views looking out onto Phang Nga Bay, Railay is accessable only by boat due to the high cliffs surrounding the area. In this video, top contributor Christian Cuvelier flew his DJI Phantom 4 Professional drone over the area at sunset, creating a stunning aerial view of one of the more iconic looking beach spots in all of Southeast Asia.
Dronie from Krabi
What could possibly be better than lounging at the beach in a bikini with a drone in hand? And let's just add that this is in Krabi, Thailand - one of the hottest beach destinations in Southeast Asia, how about now? Get a sky-high view of the ultimate tropical relaxation destination with contributor wrenees, more familiarly known as the Queen of the Dronie. You’re going to wish you were there too! Krabi is one of the primary Thailand beach regions; it sits on the eastern side of Phang Nga Bay.
Western Phuket: Kata Beach
Kata Beach is one of a series of beaches along the western shore of Phuket, on the Andaman Sea (across which lies Sri Lanka and southern India). It sits towards the southern end of what is essentially a new gold coast, with some of the most desirable beaches anywhere in Southeast Asia. Contributor Alp Karagulle traveled all the way across Asia from Turkey to Thailand with a drone, and used it to create this very fun-to-watch aerial tour of an emerging tropical paradise beach destination.
Krabi: Centara Grand Hotel
The sunrises on Krabi, Thailand casting soothing hues of mauve across its coastal cliffs and sea waters in this breathtaking drone video. The aerial footage covers the area around the Centara Grand Hotel. Krabi is one of Thailand's prime beach regions. It sits on the eastern side of Phang Nga Bay, a body of water famous for its pillar-like sandstone islands. Enjoy contributor alirashdan's wonderful experience in this Thai destination taken from the view of a drone.
Phuket's Big Buddha
In this video, contributor and drone pilot Drone Downunder gives us a bird's eye view of the famous "Big Buddha" statue in Phuket, Thailand. The 45 meter (150 ft.) statue is easily the most recognizable sight of this tropical beach paradise province in southern Thailand. It's situated in the Nakkerd Hills above Chalong on the island's western side. The statue is visible from across much of the island, and is one of Phuket's biggest tourist attractions.
Wedding in Koh Samui
From poolside, to seaside, to beachside, these aerial views of wedding ceremonies that took place in Koh Samui, Thailand are truly memorable. Aerial Photography Asia captured all these happy couples who tied the knot on this tropical paradise island in this drone video. When it comes to capturing destination weddings, Koh Samui is perhaps the best place to combine celebrations of love, scenic views, and drones.
Phang Nga Bay
Top contributor Aerial Entertainment Studios put together this remarkable drone video compilation of footage from the area around Phang Nga Bay in southern Thailand. James Bond fans may recognize the area shown at the end of the video; this was a shooting location for the 1974 classic The Man with the Golden Gun, the series' tenth installment. In the movie, 007 (played by Roger Moore) lands a seaplane into "Red Chinese" waters to track down the villian Scaramanga on his private island.
Top contributor Aerial Entertainment Studios created this remarkable video of a lesser known area of Southern Thailand. It's the Chumphon Archipelago, a group of islands in the province of the same name on the Gulf of Thailand. The islands lay almost due south from the capital Bangkok, and a shorter distance northeast of the better known area around Phuket. The video covers Koh Pha Ngan Island and Koh Tao Islands, two of the best known in the group.
Surat Thani: Chow Lan Lake
Contributor Unraveled Studios celebrated his 31st birthday with a trip to Thailand, and came home with some amazing footage. In this video, you'll get a drone's eye view of a well known artificial lake in the southern part of this Southeast Asian country. It's called Cheow Lan Lake, and it's in the Surat Thani Province, which sits on the Malay Peninsula at the point where it bends to the southeast. The lake was created in 1987 in connection with the Rajjaprapha hydro project.
Phang Nga: Movie Star Bay
Wedroneasia created this remarkably beautiful drone video of Phang Nga Bay in southern Thailand. The beautifully shaped islands of the bay have caught the attention of both beach-seeking travelers and movie makers. The bay is the home of a tiny islet called James Bond Island, which was featured in the 1974 film the Man with the Golden Gun. Then, in 2005, Phang Nga Bay appeared in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith: shots of the area were used in the Battle of Kashyyyk.
Phang Nga Bay: Koh Yao Yai
Top contributor Christian Cuvelier created this stunning drone video of some of the islands in Thailand's Phang Nga Bay. Most of the video was filmed in the area around Koh Yao Yai, one of the bay's larger islands. It's located in the southern part of the bay, where it opens up into the Andaman Sea. It lies about midway between the island of Phuket (to the west) and the mainland around Krabi (to the east). The video also includes aerial footage of some of the other islands in the bay.
Phi Phi Islands
Contributor Dronujemy used a DJI Mavic Pro 4 drone to create this beautiful aerial collage from the islands of southern Thailand. It was filmed around the Phi Phi Islands, a small group which lies in the Andaman Sea, just south of the Phang Nga Bay. The islands are part of the Krabi Province, which forms the eastern shore of the Andaman. The group consists of six islands, although only two (Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Le) are populated, the former being the largest.
Dronie from Phra Nang beach
Christian Cuvelier created one of the most epic dronie "reveals" we've ever seen in this amazing shot from Southern Thailand. It was shot at Phra Nang Beach, at the southern end of a peninsula in the Andaman Sea in the Krabi province. As the drone rises, you will see the island of Koh Rang Nok on your left and Railay, the famed Krabi beach, on your left. The area lies just a bit to the south of Phang Nga Bay and its famous island ocean-scape, on the other side of which lies Phuket.
Phang Nga Bay: Koh Nao Yoi
Thailand's Phang Nga Bay is known for its hundreds of tiny islands which dot this body of water off the Andaman Sea. Amidst the tiny islands are two good-sized ones: Koh Nao Yoi and Koh Yao Yi. In this drone video by Raivig, you'll get a bird's eye look at Koh Nao Yoi, the northern and smaller of the two islands. Both islands in the archipelago sit towards the southern end of Phang Nga Bay, roughly equidistant between the beaches of Phuket to the west and Krabi to the east.
Ko Lanta Island
Willsanderson brings us this beautiful drone video from two of the top spots in Southern Thailand. Ko Lanta is a small island in the Andaman Sea, a bit to the south of Phang Nga Bay. Seen on a map, it closely resembles a curled index finger. The other area shown in the video is Railay Beach. Railay lies a bit north on the same coastline, in a mini-bay which is about level with the mouth of Phang Nga Bay. Both Ko Lanta and Railay are part of Thailand's Krabi province.
Koh Yao Yai Island
Kristin Addis brings us this awesome selfie pull-out shot from Ko Yao Yai, in Southern Thailand. Ko Yao Yai is the larger half of a two island archipelago called Ko Yao. These islands sit in the middle of Phang Nga Bay, a body of water off the Andaman Sea formed by the provinces of Phuket (to the west), Phang Nga (to the north), and Krabi (to the east). The two islands together cover around 150 square km (about 60 square mi.) and have a population of just under 20,000.
Chumphon Islands: Koh Tao
Koh Tao Island lies in Southern Thailand, near the western shore of the great Gulf of Thailand. It is situated a bit to the north and west of the better known islands of Ko Samui and Ko Pha Ngan islands, all of which are part of the Chumphon Archipelago. Ko Tao is known for its excellent scuba diving waters. The area is part of the Surat Thani province, which covers the middle of Thailand's portion of the Malay Peninsula. Check out Ko Tao from above, compliments of Aerial Photography Asia.
Cumphon Islands: Koh Nang Yuan
Aerial Photography Asia created this beautiful drone videos of a tiny island in Southern Thailand called Koh Nang Yuan. It's the northernmost of a chain of islands called the Cumphon Archipelago on the western side of the Gulf of Thailand. Koh Nang Yuan sits just to the north of the larger Ko Tao Island. The whole area lies on the opposite (eastern) side of the Malay Peninsula from the better-known Phuket and Krabi areas on Phang Nga Bay, and a bit to the north as well.
Cumphon Islands + Krabi
The Islands off the coast of Thailand can only be enjoyed by boat, or, drone (our preference, naturally)! Fly along with OnFocus as they showoff the gorgeous views of Thailand's coast captured in 4k. The video features footage of three spots: Koh Tao, Koh Phangan and Krabi. Koh Tao and Koh Phangan are part of the Cumphon Archipelago in the western part of the Gulf of Thailand. Krabi province lies a bit further to the south, and faces the Andaman Sea. The video was shot with a DJI Phantom 3 Pro.
Phang Nga Bay
Gavinski created this beautiful aerial view of the islands of southern Thailand. Most of the video was shot around Phang Nga Bay, which is bordered by the provinces of Phuket and Krabi. The bay is considered an extension of the Andaman Sea. It's known in part for its hundreds of tiny islands, some of which are basically limestone rocks jutting up from the sea. The area has been a magnet for movie-makers for decades, ranging from the James Bond series to The Beach starring Leonard de Caprio.
Phi Phi Islands: Tonsai Beach
Top contributor Ben Freely created this beautiful drone video from a beach in Southern Thailand. Tonsai Beach is situated on the island of Koh Phi Phi Don. Koh Phi Phi Don is one of the Koh Phi Phi Islands, which are part of the province of Krabi and are situated in Phang Nga Bay. Tonsai is kind of a mini-isthmus which connects the two main parts of the island. It's known not just for the beautiful stretches of beach but also for its rock climbing spots.