When writer/director Henry MacRae travelled to Thailand in 1923 to make his film 'Miss Suwanna of Siam', he probably had little idea that this was the start of a long and successful relationship between Hollywood and Thailand.

Since then, thousands of films and tens of thousands of television programmes and commercials have been filmed in Thailand. It is not just Hollywood producers that recognise the attractions of Thailand as a location. Producers from Japan, Europe, Australia, India and many other countries regularly film in Thailand.

For many, the most iconic use of Thailand is still 'The Man with the Golden Gun' when islands of Phuket were used as the base of arch-villain Scaramanga.

Marlon Brando filmed in Thailand in 1963, appearing with Thai statesman Kukrit Pramoj, who went on to become Prime Minister of Thailand.

One of Bruce Lee's most famous films 'The Big Boss' filmed in Thailand.

Both the original and the remake of 'Around the World in 80 Days' filmed in Thailand.

In films like 'Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason', 'Bangkok Dangerous' and 'The Hangover Part II', Thailand was a crucial part of the story.

But there are many occasions where shooting has taken place in Thailand, where the action is meant to be taking place in a totally different country.

In 'The Killing Fields', Thailand locations were made to look like Khmer Rouge-era Cambodia.

All the Rambo films have had sequences filmed in Thailand, with Thailand standing in for Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Myanmar. In 'Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith', Krabi was used to depict the home planet of the Wookiees.

Having experienced Thailand, directors and stars often return. Oliver Stone, Wong Kar-wai, Jackie Chan, and Jean-Claude Van Damme are regular visitors.

Thailand has featured in many international TV series. Chefs including Gordon Ramsay, Anthony Bourdain, Rick Stein, Ken Hom and Japan's Iron Chefs have all shot food programmes in Thailand.

For globe-trotting series like 'The Amazing Race', 'The Batchelor' and 'Survivor', Thailand is a regular feature.

In recent years, the rising economies of other ASEAN nations have also created new opportunities for the Thai production industry. Commercials from across the region are often filmed and post-produced in Thailand.

Fortunately, Thailand is home to so many unique and beautiful locations that there are always fresh treasures awaiting visiting film-makers Thailand's film service providers constantly update equipment, Thailand's crews adapt to new technologies, and government support combined with private initiatives will ensure that Thailand's star continues to shine on screens across the world.