Kong: Skull Island has recently made a big hit in Asia. The Hollywood movie is well-known for not only the already-famous Kong concept but also magnificent landscapes captured in the movie in Vietnam. Throughout the film, a team of American scientists and soldiers carried on the mission to explore an unchartered island in the Pacific, venturing into the mighty Kong and many other terrifying monsters. Kong: Skull Island was filmed in some of the most picturesque regions of Vietnam including Ninh Binh, Quang Ninh, and Quang Binh. Read on to find out where to hunt best filming locations of Kong: Skull Island around Vietnam, and how to get there.
Ha Long and Cat Ba – Quang Ninh – First filming location of Kong
Known as one of the most visited attractions of Northern Vietnam with dazzling natural picturesque landscapes, Quang Ninh made some of the most remarkable scenes in Kong: Skull Island. The two main filming locations of Kong are Ha Long Bay and Cat Ba Island.
Ha Long Bay, located in the Gulf of Tonkin, is made of over 1600 islands and islets of diverse shapes and sizes, covered by lush green rainforests. The largest island in Ha Long Bay – Cat Ba Island has certain charms, thanks to its rugged and jungle-clad beauty. Quang Ninh karst mountain views from the helicopters in the beginning of the excursion is breath-taking.
How to get there Ha Long Bay and Cat Ba Island
There are plenty of bus connections between Hanoi and Ha Long on a daily basis. It would take only about 3 hours to get there. Once in Ha Long, you can choose to go for day/night cruise, or rent a motorbike and explore the region on your own.
It’s also quick and convenient to go by bus/train and ferry from Hanoi to Cat Ba. Experience train travel in Vietnam from Hanoi to Hai Phong and catch a speed boat from there to Cat Ba Island. Another way to reach Cat Ba is by taking a ferry from Tuan Chau port in Ha Long.
Ninh Binh is another filming location of Kong: Skull Island, famed for its thousands of limestone mountains and dozens of cave systems hidden throughout the emerald green rivers flowing among green rice paddies, is also referred to as ‘Ha Long on land’. The three main filming locations within this province are Trang An, Tam Coc – Bich Dong and Van Long lagoon.The UNESCO listed world heritage site of Trang An Grotte is home to 9 stunning caves, which can only be seen from a boat paddling you around the eco complex.
Tam Coc – Bich Dong is another popular attraction thanks to its beautiful hidden cave systems and ancient pagodas lying on top of the hills. Tam Coc – Bich Dong is not far away from Thung Nang (Sunlight Valley) – a pristine and untouched flooded area covered with mountain karsts, transparent river flows, and endless rice paddies.
Another filming location of Kong – Skull Island within Ninh Binh Province is Van Long Lagoon – the largest wetland nature reserve in Northern Vietnam.
How to get Ninh Binh
Enjoy the picturesque landscape by taking the 2-hours train from Hanoi to Ninh Binh. To travel by train in Vietnam is comfortable if you book the soft seat, and time-efficient as the driver won’t stop on the way to pick up passengers as if you would travel by bus. Check out this ideal one-day itinerary for traveling Ninh Binh here.
Quang Binh is well known for its diverse wildlife creatures, complex cave system and mysterious underground rivers hidden within lush jungles. The two main Kong Island filming locations within Quang Binh are Yen Phu Lake and Tu Lan Cave. Yen Phu lake is a tranquil lake residing in the middle of a mystic countryside area, surrounded by gorgeous karst mountains.
Another picturesque landscape of Quang Binh, where Kong – Skull Island was filmed, is Tu Lan Cave system area. Several spectacular shots were captured along the dazzling Rao Nan River and endless green peanut field in front of the Rat Cave.
Quang Binh is also worldwide famous for the UNESCO Heritage Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park with the recently discovered Son Dong Cave – the world’s largest cave system. Plenty of other cave systems spread throughout the entire province of Quang Binh also offers endless adventures for hiking or trekking fans.
How to get Quang Binh
The best way to get to Quang Binh from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh would be going by train to Dong Hoi. You get to the see scenic landscapes surrounding the tracks whilst finding Kong: Skull Island on land.