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Laos

Laos Film & Photography Production Services

Are you a media company, brand, ad agency or production company looking for film / photography production support or shooting crew in Laos? We have fully vetted, locally based fixers, service producers, directors, DP’s, videographers, cameramen, photographers, sound operators, production drivers, and a range of other film crew. Contact us for referrals, questions, cost estimates and references.

Want to know more about shooting in Laos? See below for an introduction to Laos locations, permits, when to shoot, costs, talent, crews, equipment, art department, studios, post facilities, visas and work permits, film friendly hotels, transport, communications and safety advice.

Laos Film Locations

Laos is known for its beautiful tropical landscapes including mountains, rivers, caves, hot springs, waterfalls, forests and lush jungles. The Mekong River is famed for the Thousand Islands and rare wildlife such as the Irrawaddy Dolphin. Scenes of particular interest to filmmakers and photographers include saffron robed monks moving about Buddhist temples, colourful animist hill tribes, farmers working in rice paddies and poppy fields, bustling street markets in picturesque towns such as Luang Prabang and Vang Vieng. The Plain of the Jars is a fascinating archaeological site. Tham Khoun Xe Cave is a famous cave location.

Laos Film Location Permits

Permitting is a straight forward process. Most locations are possible given time, money and the right approach. Please contact us for location specific information.

When To Shoot?

The climate is hot and tropical. The rainy season, when temperatures are at their highest, runs from May to October. The warm, dry season runs from November to April. This is the best time to shoot for weather. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

Laos has several colourful festivals and events of note:

• Lao New Year (Boun Pi Mai) in April.
• Boun Khao Padabdin dragon boat races on the Nam Khan River in September.
• Boat Races on the Mekong River in Vientiane in October.
• Naga Fireballs (Mekong Lights) in October.
• Tat Luang Festival in Vientiane in November.
• Hmong New Year in December.

Costs & Tax Incentives

Costs. Locations, local talent and support crew are inexpensive but since little to no filming infrastructure exists all key crew and equipment must be brought in from abroad. This can add considerably to the cost of shooting. Our Lao fixer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.

Tax Incentives. At present there are no tax incentives for foreign commercials or films shooting in Laos.

Film Crew & Talent

Crews. Laos has a very small pool of directors, videographers and stills photographers. Key crew should be brought in from abroad.

Contact us if you are looking for a director, DP, photographer, videographer (cameraman / camera operator), camera assistant (focus puller), sound operator, grip, gaffer, stylist, hair and makeup, PA / runner, production driver, or any other film crew for your shoot in Laos.

Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiable. Laos has over over 160 ethnic groups with the Lao, Khmu and Hmong people making up the majority. Laos also has a sizeable pool of foreign tourists that can be cast if required for background roles. All other talent looks need to be brought in from abroad.

Laos Film Equipment

Some very basic camera, grip and lighting equipment is available locally. You will need to bring in most equipment from abroad.

Art Department, Studios, Backlots, & Post Production

Art department and set construction is very basic.

Studios and backlots. None exist at present.

Post Production. Post abroad.

Visas & Work Permits

Entry is subject to regulations from country of origin. Crews travelling on Western passports can obtain visas on arrival for stays of up to 30 days. Contact your local Lao embassy or representative for more information.

Transport & Accommodation

Transportation Infrastructure. Main roads are up to international standards. Our Lao fixer organises safe and reliable 4WD transport. Travelling by road at night is not recommended. Off-road travel in some areas is not advised due to the large number of unexploded bombs dating back to the Vietnam War period. Several international airlines service flights to Laos.

Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in Laos include:

Vientiane:
Green Park Boutique Hotel
Ansara Hotel
Salana Boutique Hotel

Luang Prabang:
3 Nagas
La Residence Phou Vao

Please contact us for corporate rates.

For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.

Final Notes

Safety. On the whole Laos is very safe for foreigners to visit. See here for up to date travel advice.

Projects. For an example of TV commercials, stills campaigns, online content, corporate videos, virtual reality 360 content, feature films, TV series and documentaries shot in Laos, please see below:

Hire Laos Production Support & Shooting Crew

If you are looking for a film or photographic production service company, line producer or fixer for your shoot in Laos, please contact us.

If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in Laos, such as a director, DoP, photographer, videographer (cameraman / camera operator), camera assistant (focus puller), sound operator, grip, gaffer, stylist, hair and makeup, PA / runner, production driver, please contact us.

We are able to provide you with answers, references and bids quickly.