Buying camera film in South East Asia – Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam

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35mm Camera Film in South East Asia

35mm Camera Film in South East Asia

Living in Australia film costs are astronomically high from around $10 AUD for a Fuji Superior 200 up to $40 AUD for Fuji Velvia in 35mm format. Although the price of film in Australia is high, it’s not too difficult to find in the cities. My next travel adventures took me around South East Asia. Before leaving I ordered enough black and white and colour print film to keep me going, but I was unable to find any slide film at a reasonable price. Thinking that there is a big community of film photographers in South East Asia I thought I could pick some up once I was on the road.

After some initial Googles searches in where to buy film in the main cities. I noted down the addresses intending to visit a few of them. I hope to turn this into a useful and up to date listing of where you can and cannot find decent (by decent I mean not Fuji Superia or Kodak Colour Plus) film supplies in the main cities and tourist destinations in Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. I hope it provides some use as many of the forum threads on this subject are heavily outdated and upon visiting some of the places mentioned I have found that the shop no longer exists or they no longer supply film.

If you are not familiar with the cities below you may wish to take a taxi directly to the address. I have spent far too long on foot searching for some of these shops hidden down quiet empty streets or in the basements of shopping malls. If you find any of this information incorrect, please email me or leave a comment and I will update the post.


Malaysia

Information correct as of June 2011.

Kuala Lumpur

Fuji Superia 200 and 400 and Kodak Colour Plus available in nearly all camera shops.

Keat Camera Service
205, Jalan Pudu, Kuala Lumpur, 55100, Malaysia (MAP)
Tel. +60 3-21480477
 

It was closed when I visited, however this place seems popular in recent internet forums and blog posts.

E-Six Digital Image
Lot LE 14/15/17, LG Pudu Plaza, Jalan Landak Off Pudu, Kuala Lumpur, 55100, Malaysia (MAP)
Tel. +60 3-2141 4088 / +60 3-2141 1505
Email. esix@esix.com.my
 

I got really lost when looking for this place. It’s in the basement of an old shopping mall and no one had heard of it. When I got there is was closed but it looked like a professional lab and they had plenty of slide and B&W films in 35mm and 120 in a fridge.

Georgetown, Penang

Fuji Superia 200 and 400 and Kodak Colour Plus available in nearly all camera shops. All of the camera shops I visited were on or around Jalan Penang.

Click n Snap Photo Equipment
C2-1-03 & c2-1-14, Ground Floor, Komtar, Jalan Penang, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang, 10000, Malaysia (MAP)
Tel. +60 4-2621663 / 2628210
Email. sales@myhyperstore.com
  • Illford XP2, HP5 and FP4 in 35mm
  • Lomography Colour X-Pro Chrome 100, Slide / X-Pro 200 and Redscale Negative 50-200 in 35mm
Foto Easy Cam
A1-08, Ground Floor, Komtar, Jalan Penang, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang, 10000, Malaysia (MAP)
Tel. +60 4-2625523 / 2638095
Email. sales@fotoeasycam.com.my
  • Kodak Tmax 100 in 35mm
  • Ilford FP4 in 35mm
  • Ilford HP5 in 35mm & 120
  • Fuji Superior 200 and 400 in 35mm
  • Lomography Colour X-Pro Chrome 100, Slide / X-Pro 200 and Redscale Negative 50-200 in 35mm

Note: All these films wherein a mixed box behind the counter which I asked to have a look at, you may need to dig deep to find what you are looking for. The Lomography branded films were all on display in the shop window.

Elite Professional
255C, Jalan Penang, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang, 10000, Malaysia (MAP)
Tel. +60 4-250 8080 ‎
 

Mentioned in many internet forums as a film supplier. I was only able to find the standard Fuji Superior and Kodak Colour Plus in 35mm.

Merry Photo
426, Jalan Penang, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang, 10000, Malaysia (MAP)
Tel. +60 4 2262973
 

Mentioned in many internet forums as a film supplier. I was only able to find the standard Fuji Superior and Kodak Colour Plus in 35mm.

Hike Enterprise
364/362, Jalan Penang, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang, 10000, Malaysia (MAP)
Tel. +60 4 229 3710
Email. leong6012@yahoo.com.tw
 

Surprisingly I found a stash of Fuji Velvia 100F 35mm for only $7.50 AUD. This was the only film in stock and the staff advised me that they stock film occasionally.

Bee Fong Photo Studio
2A, Jalan Burrmah, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang, 10050,  Malaysia (MAP)
Tel. +60 4 263 5653
 

Stocked a fair amount of Kodak Ektacolour in 120 as well as the standard Fuji Superior 200 in 35mm.

BP Digital Photo Centre
352, Jalan Penang, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang, 10000, Malaysia (MAP)
Tel. +60 4 229 6836
Email. bpdigital@yahoo.com 
 

Stocked a fair amount of Kodak Ektacolour in 120 as well as the standard Fuji Superior 200 in 35mm.


Thailand

Information correct as of June 2011. Updated in December 2014 to include new Chag Mai location.

Bangkok

Fuji Superia 200 and 400 and Kodak Colour Plus available in nearly all camera shops.

CLS Colour Lab
216/5 Khao San Road, Thaladyord, Pranakorn, Bangkok, 10200 (MAP)
Tel. +66 2 2800688
Email. clscolourlab@yahoo.com
  • Fuji Superior 200 & 400,Neopan SS in 35mm
  • Kodak Gold,  Ultra Max, Colour Plus in 35mm
  • Illford Pan 100 & 400 in 35mm
Foto Camera
48 Chakrapong Road, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, 10200
  • Ilford HP5, FP4, Pan 100 and Delta 100 & 400 in 35mm
  • Fuji Provia 100F in 35mm and 120
  • Fuji Velvia, Provia 400X, Colour Pro 160 S in 120
  • Kodak Tmax 100 & 400 in 120
  • Kodak Ektacolour in 120
  • Kodak Tri-X 400 in 35mm
  • Fuji Superior 200 & 400 and C200 in 35mm

Chiang Mai (Updated December 2014)

Fuji Superia 200 and 400 and Kodak Colour Plus available in nearly all camera shops.

ร้านอัง Polaroid/Film & Heartmade shop (New 2014)
11/2 ซอย 1 ถนนอินทวโรส ต.ศรีภูมิ อ.เมือง , Chiang Mai, Thailand 50200
Tel. 089 2130153, 090 4674284
Email: ungfilmpolaroid.shop@gmail.com

Good range of negative film 35mm & 120 including Kodak Portra, Illford and Fuji.
They also process film.
Information provided by Fabian Heisig. Thanks!

Website: https://www.facebook.com/UNGpolaroidfilmheartmadeshop
Photo Bug (Pantip Plaza)
Pantip Plaza, Chang Klan Road, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Tel. 05 328 8019, 05 328 8020
Website. http://www.photobugonline.com
  • Fomapan 100 in 35mm
  • Kentmere 100 & 400 in 35mm
  • Lucky B&W 100 in 120
  • Kodak Ektachrome E100 VS in 35mm &  120
  • Fuji Velvia 50, Velvia 100 & Provia 100F in 35mm & 120
  • Fuji Superia X-Tra 400 in 35mm
  • Lomography Slide / X-Pro 200 in 35mm
Photo Bug (Chang Phueak Rd)
Chang Phueak Road, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Tel. 053-287-148 – 053-287-149
Website. http://www.photobugonline.com
  • Fuji Superia X-tra 400 in 35mm
  • Kodak Gold 200 in 35mm
  • Kodak Ektachrome E100 VS in 35mm & 120
  • Fuji Velvia 50, Velvia 100 & Provia 100F in 35mm & 120
  • Kodak Tri-X 400 in 35mm & 120
  • Kentmere 100 & 400 in 35mm
  • Kodak Tmax 400 in 120 & bulk 100ft
  • Fuji Color C200 in 35mm
  • Fomapan 100 in 120

Laos

Luang Prabang

Kodak Express (Next to: All Lao Travel)
Kitsalat Road, Luang Prabang, Laos
  • Kodak Elite Chrome
  • Fuji Superior 200
  • Fuji X-tra 400
  • Lucky SHD 100 (B&W)
  • Kodak Color Plus 200
  • Kodak Ultra Max 400

Cambodia

Coming Soon!


Vietnam

Coming Soon!

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16 Responses to “Buying camera film in South East Asia – Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam”

  1. Nicole David

    Thank you thank you. In Luang Prabang at the menu and ran out of film. Tragic in a town like this. Heading there now to stock up!

    Reply
  2. Laura Mougel

    Do you have some adresses to shop 120 films in Cambodia ? Especially Siem Reap ? 🙂

    Thanks for the article 😉

    Reply
  3. Samneang

    Hi..!

    Do you know where to shop 35mm films in Phnom Penh, Cambodia?

    Thank you for the post.

    Reply
  4. Alex

    What kind of prices were the lower end films in these countries? Wondering if it is worth stocking up before going or just buying there?
    Thanks!

    Reply
  5. Grace Hyejin Kwon

    HI!

    Do the places that sell films that you listed above also develop films too?

    I’m going to be in Bangkok next year with some of my friends to volunteer
    and our main work there will be introducing photography to the kids who want to learn about it but can’t.
    We wanted to do this pin-hole camera session with the there because it’s easy to make and fun.
    We want the kids to see their work as well so..I was wondering !

    If not do you know any places in Bangkok that do?

    Thanks!

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  6. Marc

    Hi!
    We’re now travelling around Asia South East. Now in Bangkok. We’re trying to know where can we develop 35 mm films. Just digital! The cheapest price we’ve found was 200 Bath. We don’t know if it’s possible to find something cheaper. I hope you can help us before we leave!

    Thanks for the info, it has been very useful to buy films.

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  7. Kai

    Hi !!!

    I’m stay in Bankok I need to present Digital Lab films process and sell

    1.Photo city at Ladplao shop stay between Central Plaza Ladplao Have a lot of films
    Process services c-41 50 thb. Scan 50 thb. B/W I’m not sure
    Contact
    Address 1152/12 Phaholyothin road Ladyaow Jathujak BKK10900
    Tel.: 0-2513-2882
    And near this shop have so many Digital color Lab have films for sell and process service example A&B digital Lab ,

    2.Plapplachai Photo at Plapplachai road near Plapplachai Polish station this shop sell only not services procress
    Contact : 022249877

    3.TapraJan color Lab near Thammasart University at tapraJan road sell and services and have another Lab near here is name Cherry color Lab stay in front of TapraJan ferry

    4.Photo Gallory at 4th floor Thaniya Bld. Soi Thaniya Silom road this shop have films and camera for sell not services

    So in BKK have so many Shop and Lab to support exsemple Accessaly Photo,Chai Photo,BKK Photo tool,Patani studio,November Photo Lab,IQ Lab ^~^

    I’m not sure my information is come to late but maybe it can help someone to find some shop for buy films ^^

    Good luck all

    Reply
    • Daniel Hewes

      Thank you for this! I will update the blog post with this information.

      Reply
  8. Luk

    Dear Dan, thanks a lot for publishing this list. I’m now in South Laos, looking forward to get films developed in the Northern part.
    After over 2m in Vietnam, I could help with your list in Vietnam.

    Mostly small stores+nice cafes, very helpful young, friendly staff, selling in- & outdated 35 mm and other rolls, some of them developing within an hour (incl. scanning)!

    Hanoi

    36+lab, east of Hoan Kiem lake
    https://www.facebook.com/lab36coffee/
    Maybe they splitted now, and some of them have a second location. Didn’t find out so far …

    HCMC/Saigon

    Darkroom Cafe, in walking distance north of the city center
    https://www.facebook.com/darkroom.vn/

    Film Store Cafe, more north than Darkroom
    https://www.facebook.com/FilmStoreCafe/

    Just found, never tried (Hanoi, HCMC): https://www.facebook.com/CropLab/

    And Phnom Penh, where I didn’t find color rolls at all, but these darkroom guys offering chems and workshop for bw films (haven’t been there):
    https://www.facebook.com/DarkroomPhnomPenh/
    https://www.facebook.com/latelierargentique/

    Reply
    • Daniel Hewes

      Thank you for this! I will update the blog post with this information.

      Reply

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