I don’t know if I’m losing it or the second Bridget Jones film just isn’t that memorable, but I completely forgot that Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004) partly takes place in Thailand! So, when researching films set in Thailand and my amnesia recovered, I felt instantly obligated to write this Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason film locations in Thailand post.
For those who don’t know, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason is the second film in the trilogy. 30-something Journalist Bridget is #lovinglife with Mark Darcy until all-to-familiar feelings of self-doubt and jealousy break them apart. Reenter Daniel Cleaver: The toxic ex-boyfriend and man-child who Bridget has been assigned to work with on a travel show in Thailand. Because that’s got to be a really fantastic, healthy idea, right?
And you’re up to speed! Bridget and Daniel travel to Bangkok and then Phuket before returning to ol’ Blighty. Here is all the Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason film locations in Thailand.
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason Film Locations in Thailand
1. Soi Cowboy in Bangkok
Bridget and Daniel’s trip to Bangkok began in Soi Cowboy. It’s the most famous/popular red light district in Bangkok amongst many dubious western tourists.
Contrary to the film, elephants are banned in Bangkok’s city centre and are so infrequently actually seen. The Hangover Part II also featured elephants just wandering down the streets, do Hollywood films really need to reinforce a non-existent stereotype?
2. Chinatown in Bangkok
Next, Bridget is seen with friend Shazza very briefly driving down a road adorned with row upon row of neon signs in a taxi. I’ve not confirmed this, but it very much looks like Yaowarat Road, the main road in Chinatown.
3. Golden Buddha Temple in Bangkok
Bridget’s travel segment represents the more traditional side of Bangkok, juxtaposing Daniel’s more hedonistic pursuits in Soi Cowboy. In this scene, Bridget is dressed in traditional Thai garb very tentatively stepping down a grand staircase with a temple behind her.
4. Ko Panyi in Phang Nga Bay
Moving onto the Phuket part of the Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason film locations in Thailand. Bridget and Daniel enjoy a romantic longboat ride passed the village of Ko Panyi (or Koh Panyee). It’s a floating village built entirely on water by a Muslim community from Indonesia. It’s pretty great, I’ve visited myself during my James Bond Island boat tour!
Daniel spins Bridget some yarn about a poem set on the island which seems inaccurate. Honestly, Daniel is just the worst.
5. Naiyang Beach in Phuket
Next, Bridget and Daniel settle on a small, secluded beach resort in Phuket where they stay for the remainder of their trip. This is actually Naiyang beach, which genuinely is one of the prettiest beaches in Phuket.
Whereas Patong, Karan and Kata Beach are fairly tourist-heavy, Naiyang is a lot quieter. And it’s right by the airport and is supposedly a great place to watch planes take off. If I were to ever find myself back in Phuket, I’d probably stay somewhere around here. Or spend some more time in Phuket Town, which I absolutely loved.
6. Phuket International Airport
The final entry on my list of Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason film locations in Thailand, Phuket International Airport. This is where Bridget is fatefully carted off by Thai Police for possession of drugs and Daniel Cleaver just leaves her to fend for herself. Like the asshat he is.
This is genuinely the airport they would use if this were happening IRL, so a very authentic location. Actually, all the Thai locations were authentic! I love it when films make that extra effort.
And those are all the Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason film locations in Thailand. Have you visited Phuket or watched the film? Let me know in the comments below!