Drone Rules & Regulations in Thailand

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Drone Flying Regulations Thailand

With technological progress, science has developed new ways to capture images, from tentative angles. Today, we have the luxury to capture aerial photographs with the help of drones.

Drones or Unmanned aerial vehicles are available in vast ranges on the market. Just as digital photography has developed and today we have a whole pool of selection of camera to choose, depending on our budgets; we can get variable quality drones, each offering different features and flying characteristics. You can get low price models that will offer very simple image quality. But for extreme aerial photography, you can get the best in the market. Some units come with an additional mount option where you can add your GoPro camera.

What You Need to Know When Visiting Thailand

So I decided to visit Thailand on my next vacation. I always wanted to do something out of the box. Something different to make this trip even more special. Thailand is a country blessed with amazing beaches. But I always knew there is more to it, some places which we cannot visualize through our eyes. So for that reason, I decided to take a drone for aerial photography. I was excited beyond my imagination for this trip, but my excitement was cut short when I discovered that Thailand has recently changed their drone and UAV policy. Which made it harder for anyone to get a flying permit.

People who wish to fly drones in Thailand are advised to check the rules and regulations in advance. The first thing you need to do for flying a drone anywhere in Thailand is to register it. No matter what the duration and purpose of your visit is, you always have to comply with the local flying rules. Failure to do so can result in a hefty fine, along with a prison term of 5 years. Regulations are applied automatically on every drone with a camera, flown for any reason such as promotion, commercial, hobby, or scientific purpose. The body that governs drone flight rules is Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT), and all requests can be made to it for securing a permit.

However, unlike many other countries, it was much easier to apply for a permit in Thailand. You can easily download the form from CAAT website. Although I don’t want to talk much about drone permits in this article, I feel a duty to my fellow drone enthusiasts about some important points. Following are some major points to comply before flying a drone or any UAV in Thailand.

  • A drone with the camera must be registered without any exception.
  • Any drone with or without a camera must be registered without any exception.
  • An individual permission should be obtained from the owner before flying on their private property.
  • You cannot fly higher than 90 meters.
  • You cannot fly near busy airspace, such as airports.
  • You cannot fly close to any person, building, vehicle or bridge. A minimum length of 30 meters should always be maintained.
  • You cannot fly in any restricted area.

To check more rules and regulation, visit CAAT website.

Coming back to our topic; when I finally landed in Thailand, I wasted no time in getting to the beautiful tropical white sand beaches. On my way, I was struggling to keep myself in control, as the joy of flying a drone in the most exotic place in the world, was spilling from my mouth.

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I just had to receive my permit from CAAT, and when it did come, I asked my driver to take the shortest distance to my destination. When I finally reached Koh Lipe, it was late and I had to check in the hotel. I took advantage of the night and charged my batteries for the big flying day. The next day brought another challenge which I wasn’t prepared for. It rained the whole day and I was extremely gutted for not being able to fly despite everything ready. But it was not going to stop me and I left for the Sunrise Beach to look for some potential flying sites. It turned out to be a good idea and I was able to recon some good locations. Before going back to my hotel, I prayed for a good sunny weather as I had little time before my permit expires.

The next morning, I left early for Sunrise Beach. My idea was to capture aerial video and images of the sunrise. It was quite a charming sunrise and I immediately fell in love with my drone’s captured images and video. They were absolutely amazing and worth all the hassle I went through before. I was able to capture a sunrise, which cannot be described in words. It took me to the state of bliss. When the daylight was completely set around me, I took my drone and took some breathtaking aerial videos and photos of the scenery Koh Lipe offered me.

My afternoon went into recharging drone batteries, so I recommend my fellow drone pilots to bring extra batteries for their trip. After recharging, I went to Sunset Beach, just opposite to Sunrise Beach. The pictures I was able to take were serene and gave me a new perspective of setting sun on the horizon. After concluding my trip, I wanted to upload part of my video for everyone to share my experience. But when I was making cuts, I couldn’t decide which shot to keep and which to delete as I wanted everything to be kept in the final video.

About Author:

Author of this content is a great blogger Yousuf A. Raza who loves guest blogging and content marketing. Currently, He is working as a digital marketing expert at Dream World Travel, Ltd. You can catch him at Facebook and Twitter to learn more about him.

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