The Vietnamese province of Ninh Binh, which was the setting for the filming of the 2016 Hollywood blockbuster “Kong: Skull Island,” was named by the American publication Travel+Leisure as one of the 12 “coolest filmmaking sites” in Asia.
The film, which cost 190 million dollars US and was directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, was shot at the Trang An limestone complex, Van Long Lagoon, and Tam Coc, all of which are locations in which limestone karst mountains erupt out of the waters.
Travel+Leisure said: “The region of Ninh Binh is often referred to as the inland relative of Ha Long Bay. The scenery is comparable, but the park is much smaller and sees a much lower number of people.”
Ninh Binh was home to the ancient capital of Hoa Lu during the rule of the Dinh Dynasty (968-980). It was disregarded by foreign tourists for years until “Kong: Skull Island” was filmed there, earning it a global notoriety. Ninh Binh is around two hours away from Hanoi.
According to the publication, some of the other filming locations in Asia that are worth visiting are Siem Reap in Cambodia, Busan in South Korea, Khempur in India, Krabi Province in Thailand, Singapore, Bali in Indonesia, the Maldives, and Tokyo in Japan.aldives, and Tokyo in Japan.