According to Varietyit has been officially confirmed that the third season of the popular series of HBO The White Lotus will take place in thailand. The first two seasons of the series were shot at Four Seasons hotels (Hawaii and Sicily), so insiders are excited about the incredible new location.
Tourism has exploded in Sicily after the second season, and Thai travel advisors expect a similar increase in visitors. Creator/writer Mike White has recently been in Thailand scouting locations and said, “I think season three would be maybe a funny, satirical look at death and Eastern religion and spirituality.”
The property in Chiang Mai is one of my favorites in the world. It is located in an area surrounded by mountains. It has individual traditional-style buildings, all with views of the dense rainforest or rice paddies. There’s also a sister property that I’m sure the production could make the most of, Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle, which offers a jungle tented experience surrounded by wildlife and, of course, lots of elephants.
On the Chiang Mai property, the atmosphere is spiritual and relaxing, overlooking dramatic mist-shrouded mountains, spectacular dreamlike rice paddies, and numerous sacred shrines throughout the Mae Rim Valley. Just a few hours away are the Golden Triangle and the island of Koh Samui, with its spectacular Four Seasons Resort facing the sea.
The city of Chiang Mai is only 45 minutes from the property, making production accessible. Productions take advantage of the newly approved 30% cash discount offered by the Thai government. A large number of producers in the region highlight the thick jungle, sandy beaches, historic temples, spectacular waterfalls, and low production costs in the area. According to the Thailand Film Bureau, 348 film and television productions have been made as of 2022.
It’s easy to see why Four Seasons Chiang Mai is the likely winner. There are many areas to explore, lush tropical terrain teeming with wildlife and paddy fields dotted with water buffalo. The cuisine is just as spectacular, and the resort even offers a Thai cooking school as a break from impressive traditional Thai spa treatments.
The rooms are extraordinary authentic pavilions, and the villas on this property include a 4,300-square-foot villa, as well as numerous private residences for cast members, including a massive four-bedroom Grand Residence Pool Villa with contemporary Thai-style interiors, teak and tropical rosewood.
Popular activities include visiting the 14th-century Doi Suthep temple and spending time at the spectacular nine-tiered Montha Than waterfall, and in the Mae Sa waterfall, with ten levels. It will not be difficult to attract the best actors to this spectacular place for three months.