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Discover Kong Skull Island: Vietnam’s Epic Movie Spots

Mai Anh
3 min. to read


Welcome to the captivating realm of Skull Island, where the magic of cinema meets the stunning landscapes of Vietnam. Join Sun Getaways Travels as we delve into the mesmerizing beauty of the awe-inspiring locations that provided the backdrop for the iconic film, “Kong: Skull Island.”

Table of contents
  1. Introducing the setting of the film
  2. The location of “Kong: Skull Island”

1. Introducing the setting of the film

The film “Kong: Skull Island Vietnam” delves into the historical context of the Vietnam War, portraying the departure of American troops from the Southern battlefield. Led by Captain James Cornard, the expedition comprises scientists and soldiers from the Packward team, embarking on their ultimate mission: to explore Earth’s most enigmatic island. Throughout their journey, they encounter a multitude of monstrous creatures, challenging their survival at every turn. Embedded within the narrative are profound themes of history, artistic expression, and the human experience.

The natural wonders of Vietnam inspired the movie

As per the director’s account, the film crew scouted filming spots across Asia. Upon reaching Vietnam, they were pleasantly astonished by the country’s pristine natural beauty, which fulfilled their expectations. Their aim was to discover distinctive locations that would effectively depict Kong’s homeland and showcase Vietnam’s natural marvels. Following its release in 2017, the movie garnered unprecedented box-office success in Vietnam and significantly boosted tourism. Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts was designated as Vietnam’s tourism ambassador from 2017 to 2020 due to his contributions.

The natural beauty in Hollywood blockbuster

2. The location of “Kong: Skull Island”

Ninh Binh

The stunning natural scenery of Ninh Binh, characterized by its intricate river and wetland system, has been selected as the primary filming location for the movie. Two notable destinations within Ninh Binh include the Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex and the Van Long wetland area.

Skull Island Ninh Binh

The Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex, acknowledged by UNESCO, is a site rich in both cultural and natural heritage. It is celebrated for its vast cave system, limestone karst formations, intricate river network, and ancient historical artifacts. Visitors have the opportunity to explore the area’s stunning landscapes by embarking on small wooden boats operated by local residents.

A massive water buffalo at Van Long Wetland

Furthermore, the Van Long wetland, known for its diverse ecosystem of plants and unique geological formations, is another prominent location showcased in the film. Actor Tom Hiddleston’s character, Captain James Conrad, along with his team, ventures into the marshy expanse. Suddenly, a massive water buffalo emerges from the depths of the wetland, startling a flock of white storks into flight. This scene, set amidst the majestic and untamed natural surroundings, coupled with the appearance of the creature, delivers a truly riveting and captivating moment in the movie.

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Halong Bay

Acknowledged as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site, Halong Bay showcases more than 1,969 islands and towering limestone cliffs emerging from the turquoise sea.

Halong Bay is featured in the film’s opening scenes, set in 1944, as the exploration team encounters unexpected attacks from the creatures. The breathtaking limestone karsts emerging from the emerald waters form a stunning and distinctive backdrop. Renowned as one of Vietnam’s most famous and captivating tourist destinations, Halong Bay adds an element of grandeur and intrigue to the movie’s setting.

Halong Bay at the beginning of the movie

To discover Halong Bay, visitors have the option to stay aboard a cruise ship or join a tour boat. A range of water activities awaits, including kayaking, scuba diving, fishing, and swimming. Within Halong Bay, iconic locations showcased in the film “Kong: Skull Island Vietnam” are accessible. These include Tung Gau, the scenic beach of Ba Trai Dao, and Lan Ha Bay, each offering its own unique charm and beauty.

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Halong Bay emerges unexpectedly

Quang Binh

Quang Binh serves as the backdrop for Kong’s sanctuary in the film, featuring several notable landmarks such as the Tu Lan cave system, Cha Noi Valley, the Chuot River and cave system, Yen Phu Lake, and the Da Deo Pass within the Phong Nha-Ke Bang World Natural Heritage site.

The beauty of Tu Lan Cave has captivated director

Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts was pleasantly surprised by the beauty of Dong Hoi, Quang Binh, during the search for filming locations in Vietnam. Exploring the Tu Lan cave system, vast fields, and breathtaking views deeply moved the director, leading him to select this location as Kong’s homeland.

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A scene filmed at Tan Hoa grassland

Kong Skull Island Vietnam exhibits Vietnam’s breathtaking natural beauty throughout its scenes. For those intrigued by the mesmerizing locations featured in this Hollywood blockbuster, Sun Getaways Travel offers comprehensive tour packages with all the pertinent details you seek:

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