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How to shoot Game of Thrones in Southeast Asia

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How to shoot Game of Thrones in Southeast Asia

HBO’s epic Game of Thrones series is no stranger for the most of us. With seven seasons completed, there have undoubtedly been some amazing filming locations used. However, most, if not all of these gorgeous destinations lie in Neverland, far far away from Southeast Asia

Nevertheless, as your knight in shining armour, GOASEAN’s got you covered. We give you alternate filming locations for a Southeast Asian version of Game of Thrones, right here, in our own backyard! Behold.

1. Dothraki Sea

The Bardenas Reales, Navarre (Spain) vs Red Sand Dunes (Viet Nam)

Bardenas Reales, Spain
Red Sand Dunes, Viet Nam
Dothraki Sea

Viet Nam’s red sand dunes offer the perfect alternative to Spain’s Bardenas Reales. With glorious sun-kissed sand all around, this promises to bring out Daenerys’ rather pale skin. This is much to the delight of the mighty Khal Drogo, you may just find slurping on a warm and fuzzy bowl of pho real soon.


2. Love Scene Between Jon Snow and Ygritte

Grjótagjá Cave (Iceland) vs Hang Toi Cave (Viet Nam)

Grjótagjá Cave, Iceland
Hang Toi Cave, Viet Nam
Love scene

The steamy love scene between Jon Snow and Ygritte got the whole Game of Thrones community drooling. Staying through to the wildling nature, this scene was filmed in a cave, of course. However, if Jon Snow does indeed know a thing or two, he would be better off spending the night in Vietnam’s exotic Dark Cave. After all, he is the Commander of the Night’s Watch.

3. Braavos

Girona (Spain) vs Phat Diem Cathedral Complex (Viet Nam)

Girona Cathedral, Spain
Phat Diem Cathedral Complex, Viet Nam
 Arya in Braavos

Viet Nam’s Phat Diem cathedral complex boasts a cathedral, a lake, a stone church and acres of land. Made with materials from limestone mountains, the cathedral is the heartbeat of the complex. With the medieval architecture inspired Girona all the way in Spain, it is about time David Benioff and Daniel Brett Weiss forget about the North and head down south for some “inspir-asian”.

4. Tower of Joy

Zafra Castle (Spain) vs Kellie’s Castle (Malaysia)

Zafra Castle, Spain
Kellie’s Castle, Perak
Tower of Joy

The birthplace of Jon Snow, or should I say Jon Targaryen, the Tower of Joy is perhaps the most sentimental setting in this series. On the other hand, Malaysia’s Kellie Castle is not exactly known for its sentimental value. Nevertheless, this haunted castle could very well bring tears of joy to visitors if Jon decides he wants to be born amidst the aroma of pandan leaves and durians.

5. King’s Landing

Dubrovnik (Croatia) vs Myeik (Myanmar)

Dubrovnik, Croatia
Myeik, Myanmar
King’s Landing

King’s Landing is the most prominent location for this series, which explains why visitors have been flocking to Dubrovnik, Croatia. Thankfully, for us Southeast Asians, Myanmar accommodates a hidden gem, Myeik. Located on the coast of an island on the Andaman Sea and accommodating a popular port, this town does its best to mirror the bustling King’s Landing. Meanwhile, the Thein Daw Gyi Pagoda serves as the set of power in this city, perfect for the Lannister regime.

6. Forests beyond The North

Tollymore Forest Park (Northern Ireland) vs Sapa (Viet Nam)

Tollymore Forest Park, Ireland
Sapa, Viet Nam
Forest beyond The Wall

There are not many who dare venture beyond The North. However, in Viet Nam, those extra few steps are well worth it. The snowfall in Sapa is one off, if not the best in the region. The snow is certainly not as dense as that of Northern Ireland, but the next time you walk out at night, you might want to carry some dragon glass with you.

7. King’s Road

The Dark Hedges (Northern Ireland) vs Laem Phak Bia (Thailand)

The Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland
Laem Phak Bia, Thailand
King’s Road

Perhaps one of the most scenic routes in this series, The Dark Hedges truly is a sight to behold for all GoT fans. However, Thailand’s mangrove tree tunnel does a remarkable job to mirror this setting. Located in the Phetchaburi province, this mangrove forest goes to show that Southeast Asia truly is dotted with hidden gems.

There you have it, alternative locations for Game of Thrones to be shot right here, in our doorstep. And as for those who say it’s not possible to shoot a Hollywood series over here, well, think again!

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Written by Sandeep Dhanoa

Sandeep Dhanoa is a content intern at GOASEAN, is pursuing a major in Communications at Monash University Malaysia. KL born and bred, Sandeep believes “tomato ketchup should no longer exist in our lives”.

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