As you guys know us, we love to take drone shots. It gives us a different perspective on places and we can admire many beautiful landscapes from above. We are also very grateful and happy on the feedback you give us and how much you love our drone shots on Instagram. That is why I decided to put all the best drone shots from our trip in Southeast Asia in this blog post. We learned on the way and improved with time. We took many photos and these are our favorite ones. They are not ranked. What do you think?
HERE ARE OUR FAVORITE AND BEST DRONE SHOTS FROM SOUTHEAST ASIA.
We use a DJI Mavic Pro / Photos were edited with our Lightroom Presets.
KALANGGAMAN ISLAND, PHILIPPINES
One of our best drone shots was taken on amazing Kalanggaman Island in the Philippines. I think I don’t have to explain why. The island is just 2 hours by boat from Malapascua Island. This is for us ultimate paradise. Heavenly white sand with turquoise water. The view from above made us absolutely speechless.
PHRA NANG BEACH, THAILAND
I think many people recognise this place, as Phra Nang Beach is one of the most famous beaches in Krabi province and right next to the even more famous Railay Beach. For us it was too crowded and we try to avoid places like that, but i have to say, the beach itself was very nice, and despite the crowds, you can enjoy amazing landscapes like this one. And how can I forget the strange cave (called Princess Cave) on the beach 😀 once you visit you will know what I mean. To take those shots we started our drone at a quiet corner at Railay Beach. During low tide there is plenty of space.
KOH KOOD, THAILAND
We really enjoyed our time on Koh Kood. This island is part of the Chang Islands. It is very pretty, peaceful and without many tourists. This beach is called Ao Noi and we had it all for ourselves. Just rent a scooter and drive around to find your favorite spot on the island.
KOH NGAI, THAILAND
Koh Ngai is an island that belongs to a group of beautiful islands called Trang Islands in southern Thailand. We had one of our most favorite island hopping tours here. Not only was our guide very funny but also took he us to this beach. We were almost alone, sipped on fresh coconuts and had plenty of time to take lots of great drone pictures. Very often it is hard or feels awkward to take drone pictures on a crowded beach or place. Nico is way more relaxed flying the drone when he knows that he has enough space to land the drone.
This is one of the first drone shots we ever took. We started out trip around Southeast Asia in Bali and many beaches left us speechless there. I will never forget how scared and also excited we were to fly the drone. At one beach a guy came up to Nico and asked us to take down the drone as it bothered him. What exactly bothered him he, however, could not elaborate. I think he had gotten a wrong idea of his own looks as Nico clearly was not taken pictures of him (or any other people around). Jokes aside. We never have intention of taking photos of other people. Some people are suspicious of drones. Either they fear that they might end up on a picture or video or they are bothered by the noise the drone makes. The less people around the better or take it high enough. Anyhow what do you think about our first drone shots?
KELOR ISLAND, FLORES, INDONESIA
This shot was taken very early during our trip. That means Nico was still a beginner pilot with the drone. And every flight was increasing his pulse tremendously. He also did some research on this island called Kelor and found some random post on a Tripadvisor forum from a guy that crashed his drone here and almost lost it for good. The boat guys saved his soul and found the drone. Long story short he was nervous. Yet, this was one of Nico’s favorite flights. Here, he took our first shot from an entire island. He also tested some of the crazy functions our drone has. This picture shows the result of timed shots he took.
PANGLAO ISLAND, PHILIPPINES
We really loved Bohol and Panglao Island. We came to Libaong White Beach on Panglao just for 1 night, and had to stay 1 more as we didn’t want to leave this paradise. Would you also have prolonged your stay after seeing this? The only annoying thing about this beach was the pushy and slightly annoying guys selling pearls. Apart from that, the beach was very clean and had barely any tourists. Most tourists hang out on less handsome Alona Beach.
MABUL ISLAND, MALAYSIA
I will never forget our time in Mabul and how we took this shot. Mabul is the perfect place for diving because of nearby famous diving spot Sipadan. Nico was diving every day, and after a long day I waited for him to go to take some drone shots. He was super tired but we made it. Mabul is a place where I finally overcame my fear of breathing under water and for the first time enjoyed diving in the waters of the Sulu Sea.
FUN FACT: We started and landed the drone on the wooden bridge you can see in this shot.
The Philippines has many islands, and we visited in total 6 of the main islands. In total the Philippines consists of over 7.600 islands. One of the most famous is surely Palawan with it’s travellers’ draw El Nido. El Nido and to some extent Port Barton are a drone pilot’s dream. The azure water, the omnipresent boats, and most importantly the beaches make it real fun to take pictures from above. However, it is not always easy to do so! All the highlights in El Nido are reached by island hopping tours. Here are the smaller drawbacks you as a pilot should consider:
- You will have to take your drone on a boat ride on the ocean. If you take a private boat you will be sitting in a smaller boat in which you will get much wetter in rough seas. In bigger group boats you will be safe from being splashed but you have a big crowd that gives you less flexibility regarding location, space and time to fly your drone.
- You will share tiny beaches with incredible amounts of tourists (even if you chose a private boat). Thus, you might struggle to find starting and landing spots.
- You will be constantly under time pressure to get back to the boat. More so on bigger boats, of course.
- You might have to swim to the shore as the boat (especially the bigger ones) can’t land on beach.
Definitely, bring an ocean/dry bag (don’t submerge the bag with drone inside) and be cautious with your drone’s biggest nemesis: water. While Port Barton is less touristy you probably also will join a boat tour. Consider the same things here.
KARIMUNJAWA ISLANDS, INDONESIA
These little blissful islands are a vision of the tropics. Perfect white sand beaches with turquoise water that will hurt your eyes. This amazing hidden gem of Indonesia is definitely a “must” destination to visit. It takes an effort to get there as it’s not very known destination (not yet) but definitely worth it. That of course makes it paradise for drone pilots. I mean the picture speaks for itself. If you are looking for accommodation check out Ayu Hotel. The hosts are very nice and will help you to organize wonderful boat tours.
GILLI ISLANDS, INDONESIA
In recent years the Gili islands became a popular paradise escape from Bali. Imagine 3 little islands, sitting in turquoise waters surrounded by coconut trees and perfect beaches. A tropical splendor in Indonesia, visiting the Gili Islands is an absolute must.
I would recommend going the beach when there is high tide as the water has turquoise color plus it is better for swimming. I really enjoyed the beach which is more on the right side of the harbor. We walked for 3o minutes and there was barely anyone. That was a perfect time for us to take great drone pictures. Here Nico had a first little accident as he took the drone into a tree. Luckily he reacted quick enough and the drone just shredded a few leaves. Until today the tail of our drone has green sprinkles that won’t come off. Ooops.
PERHENTIAN ISLANDS, MALAYSIA
One of the prettiest islands in Malaysia with some of the best beaches in the world. This island is so peaceful, beautiful and with outstanding dive spots. This beach is called Turtle Beach and if you are lucky you can see turtles in the waters. It was very nice to drone here as you can see, there was no-one on the beach, just us and the drone 🙂 It is so nice to fly around when you have no people around.
AN THOI ARCHIPELAGO, VIETNAM
Honestly speaking, Vietnam is not really a beach destination filled with breathtaking beaches. At least in comparison to most of its neighbors in Southeast Asia. However, an island hopping trip to the An Thoi Islands south of Phu Quoc is definitely worth it, if you are looking for perfect beaches. We hired a speed boat for a whole day, bringing us to 3 islets Hon Xuong, Hon Gam Ghi and Hon Vong. We took this drone shot at the last island 🙂 It was so cute as a little boy who lives on this island, was so interested in us and what we are doing that he came to us and we showed him our videos. Often locals are curious if you take your drone out and even more so if you show them their home from above.
Please be aware that the rules and regulations for flying drones differ from country to country. In some countries the rules are stricter (or it’s even forbidden like in Brunei) and in other countries there might be no regulations at all as of now. The rules change constantly and people make different experiences in the same countries. While person A flies in a certain country without running into trouble person B might get the drone confiscated in the very same country. There are various websites that provide information. We didn’t really find the one reliable source so far. Thus, we recommend to check the respective drone websites and national aviation websites. A good starting point is a map made with Google My Maps. And, never ever fly near an airport under no circumstances.
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