It is allowed to fly a drone in Thailand. However, in 2017 new regulations came into force in Thailand and registration with the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) is required if your drone is equipped with a camera or weighs more than 2 kg. For more details on the regulations visit CAAT’s website.
I’m in the middle of the registration process now as I heard that drones could be confiscated in Thailand, and according to CAAT’s website, “any act of violation is subjected to up to 1-year imprisonment or fined up to 40,000 baht or both”.
I don’t think it would go that far, but I’m not going to gamble on it.
Rawai Beach in Phuket captured with my drone before the new regulations.
It’s pretty amazing what an amateur with little experience can achieve with a Phantom drone. I test flew a couple of times in Oslo before making this video in Thailand with a DJI Phantom 3 Professional 4K, and it was incredible fun.
The movie starts with the sunrise at Nong Thale Lake in Krabi. I have been here twice, and it was stunningly beautiful both times. The second clip of the oil palm tree plantation is from my wife’s hometown Lam Thap in Krabi.
The movie continues at Pak Meng Beach in Sikao, Trang where a street dog looking fascinated at the quadcopter. The clip of the little beach that is hidden in a bay surrounded by big boulders and rugged forest is Sunset Beach on Koh Kradan in Trang.
Then it was time to visit Phuket and the pier at Rawai Beach with the colorful longtail boats before the movie ends with the beautiful sunrise at Paradise Koh Yao — a fantastic secluded beach resort on Koh Yao Noi in Phang Nga Bay.