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HBO’s ‘White Lotus’ season 3 heading to Thailand

By Jake Beardslee · January 10, 2024

In brief…

  • Season 3 of "The White Lotus" will film in Thailand starting February 2023
  • Thailand tourism authority is partnering with HBO on filming and promotion
  • Previous seasons filmed at Four Seasons resorts, sparking rumors one will be used again
  • New cast announced except for Natasha Rothwell reprising her role
  • Show won't air until 2025 but already generating buzz
HBO has confirmed season three of "The White Lotus" will film in Thailand in 2023 and feature an all-new cast, except for one returning character, as guests experience more dark happenings at a luxury resort.  HBO Shop/Wikimedia

The rumors have finally been confirmed – season three of HBO’s hit TV series “The White Lotus” is coming to Thailand.

Statements released this week from the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and HBO announced filming will begin in February in Bangkok, Phuket and Ko Samui. The satirical dark comedy-drama is not set to air until 2025.

“We are honored to have amazing Thailand featured as the filming location for the highly anticipated upcoming season of ‘The White Lotus,’” said Thapanee Kiatphaibool, TAT Governor, in a press release. “The kingdom’s exotic natural beauty, rich historical sites and diverse landscapes are the perfect settings to share our fascinating culture, fantastic cuisine, top-notch wellness and luxury offerings, and most importantly our people and Thai hospitality.”

Janet Graham Borba, EVP of production at HBO & Max, also commented: “We are pleased to partner with the Tourism Authority of Thailand to execute Mike’s creative vision and showcase all that the beautiful country of Thailand has to offer,” CNN reported.

The selection of Thailand as a location is fitting, as seasons one and two were filmed at luxury hotels in Hawaii and Sicily. In both seasons, guests and employees experienced transformative weeks as truths behind their seemingly idyllic lives were exposed.

Four Seasons properties represented the fictional White Lotus resorts in seasons one and two, leading to speculation that season three could be set at one of Thailand’s Four Seasons hotels. The brand has not yet confirmed its involvement.

HBO announced an all-new cast for season three, including Jason Isaacs, Michelle Monaghan and Parker Posey. Natasha Rothwell will reprise her role from season one as spa manager Belinda.