Tattooine, Naboo and Endor aren't as far, far away as you think
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SKELLIG ISLAND, IRELAND - JULY 28: Birds on Skellig Michael island as Star Wars Episode VII directed by JJ Abrams begins filming, July 28, 2014 in Skellig island, Ireland. (Photograph Charles McQuillan/GC Images)
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Skellig Michael

The force awakened on this teeny-tiny island off the coast of Ireland – part of Episode VII was shot here in 2014. From the water, the island looks like a mountain gutting out of the Atlantic, with a spiraling staircase trailing down from the top.

GUATEMALA - MARCH 29: Temple I or Temple of the Great Jaguar, 732, Tikal archaeological site, Tikal National Park (UNESCO World Heritage List, 1979), El Peten, Guatemala. Mayan civilisation. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
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Tikal, Guatemala

Star Wars is all about the future, but in Episode IV, A New Hope, ancient Mayan ruins were used as a landing site for Han Solo's spacecraft, the Millennium Falcon.

View from Sand Dune (Duna Mayor) at dawn, Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon), Atacama Desert, El Norte Grande, Chile
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La Grande Dune, Neftah, Tunisia

The sparse, sandy desert in the African nation of Tunisia was used for multiple scenes in the Star Wars saga, as the Dune Sea and the Krayt Dragon Ridge. Nearby is the Chott el Djerid, a dry salt lake whose salt flats were used to shoot the exterior shots of the Lars family home.

Ko Khao Phing Kan island
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Phang Nga Bay, Thailand

This eerily beautiful bay in Southern Thailand served as the Wookiee homeland of Kashyyk. The lush greens and endless blue water make a perfect setting for a planet that only sees one season.

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