Vietnam Sightseeing in the film “Kong: Skull Island”

 “Kong: Skull Island” is the first Hollywood blockbuster film to be recorded in Vietnam. Most of the time in the film is the footages showing the beauty of the mountains and forests of Vietnam. The majestic natural scenery in Ninh Binh, Quang Binh and Ha Long have become the holy land of Kong: Skull Island. Many Vietnamese viewers are amazed and immersed in the familiar beauty but becoming new through the perspective of filmmakers from the movie capital.

the Giant Monsters in Kong: Skull Island

The Giant Monsters in Kong: Skull Island

Through the magnificent landscapes shown on the widescreen, Tu Lan cave, Phong Nha cave, Trang An ecological area, Van Long lagoon or natural wonders of Ha Long Bay are surely the attractive destinations for tourists.

#1.Sightseeing in Quang Binh (the center of Vietnam)

In the movie “Kong: Skull Island”, the scenery in Quang Binh will be reproduced as the home of King Kong. Attractions of Quang Binh such as Phong Nha cave, Chuot (Mouse) Cave, Da Deo Hill, Tu Lan cave appear very impressively and make viewers satisfied.

Phong Nha cave – the wonderland

Hiding itself in the limestone mountain, covered by tropical forests, Phong Nha is now famous thanks to the generosity the Creator, that is, this region is bestowed a magnificent cave system with the underground river which is defined as the longest in the world.

Phong Nha Cave in the film "Kong: Skull Island"

Phong Nha Cave

Phong Nha cave is located in Ke Bang limestone mountain, 50 km northwest of Dong Hoi town.

If the Creator created human beings, it seems that the Creator also protect them. Through the wars, Phong Nha is still there, and is pristine as it was millions of years ago.

Phong Nha has many branches with a length of up to about 20 km; however, up to now, people have discovered the longest branch which is part of the underground river named Nam Aki, in which,  Son River exposes to the ground. In front of the door of the cave, the scenery of mountains and river is more attractive, the nature is extremely majestic with countless exotic images appearing as springing up human’s imagination. People gave this cave a poetic name Phong Nha (Wind Teeth) Cave. In the high water season, the water of Son river rises and hides the cave entrance; therefore, tourist boats can not enter. Legend has it that over a hundred years ago, the young king Ham Nghi stayed here with some courtiers and started Can Vuong movement.

The door of the gate is about 20 meters wide, 10 meters high with various stalactite. Rowing the boat through the cave, you will see that the cave is as wide as a bowl on the water. The water is as clear and smooth as the mirror face, as you go deeper into the cave, the light fades and then disappears completely. Phong Nha cave consists of 14 chambers connected by a water corridor of up to 1500m long. From the 14th chamber, we can follow other narrow corridors to go deeper into equally large but more dangerous chambers, where the limestone weathering process continues. The boat goes about 800m upstream to the shallow waters called Hang Can (Shallow Water Cave), where the water disappears to give place for sand. Stalactites from above hang downing, stalagmites from below rising as precipitated as jungle trees with strange shapes arousing people’s imagination.

Unlike other tourist destinations in Vietnam, Phong Nha cave is located in the pristine forest of Ke Bang. In the eyes of the tourists, the indigenous people here have a very personal style. They behave friendly and are affectionate with the character of a pure farmer rather than looking at the visitor as an opportunity to seek for financial benefit. This makes Phong Nha more attractive to tourists.

Cha Noi Valley

Cha Noi Valley with the view from Da Deo Hill is also one of the places where many spectacular scenes appear. Da Deo Hill, located in Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, is a 17 km long pass located on Ho Chi Minh Road in Thuong Hoa Commune, Minh Hoa District, Quang Binh Province. It is home to many majestic, splendid and no less mysterious landscapes. This pass is associated with the ups and downs of time, as a witness of history, and also the fiercest fighter against the American air force during the war. At the foot the pass, Cha Na valley appears with wild landscape of rivers and streams surrounded by imposing rocky mountains with fanciful cloud.

Cha Noi Valley in the film "Kong: Skull Island"

Cha Noi Valley

Yen Phu Village- Yen Phu Lake

As a place where is was most noticed during the film crews stayed in Quang Binh, Yen Phu village is right with what the director said: “Surreally Beautiful.” Also known as stone village, Yen Phu village has a very special beauty. Here, the stalactites rise from the ground intermingling with the scene with the beautiful houses in the village.

Yen Phu Lake in the film "Kong: Skull Island"

Yen Phu Lake

Yen Phu Lake is also one of the places to record important scenes of the film. With a peaceful style surrounded by mountains, forests, clear water, Yen Phu Lake will certainly be one of the hottest tourist attractions that young travelers love to conquer in Vietnam. Yen Phu lake is far from the residential area, immense and close to the long limestone mountains. On the water of the lake, occasionally, there are a few plots of land. Standing in front of the lake, looking at the undulating mountain range hidden in the mist in the distance,  the feeling of ancient, mysterious evokes in our mind.

Chuot (Mouse) Cave- Tan Hoa Commune

Chuot Cave in Tan Hoa Commune – where many important footage of the movie was shot- is a rather unique place, even its name suggests a curiosity about something mysterious. In contrast to the name which is somewhat ugly, the scene in this cave is extremely impressive and majestic. The cave with undulating massive mountains lurking in the fog brings pristine, wild beauty. The cave has a wide door and is 500m deep with many stalagmites and stalactites in different colors, but the dominant colors are white and pink. In front of the cave entrance, there is a stream flowing through making the scene more poetic, charming.

Chuot (Mouse) Cave in the film "Kong: Skull Island"

Chuot (Mouse) Cave

Tu Lan Cave system

Tu Lan cave system is still unspoiled and preserves the secrets of the majestic nature of the limestone mountains, underground rivers, and endless waterfalls. It will be an ideal destination for lovers of exploring nature and experiencing the virtually undiscovered land and is proud of being one of the few areas with the largest biology diversity in the country. Not only beautiful, the adventurousness of swimming to the cave also makes this trip incomparable to anything else.

Tu Lan Cave in the film "Kong: Skull Island"

Tu Lan Cave

#2.Sightseeing in Ninh Binh (the north of Vietnam)

In recent years, Ninh Binh has been a popular attraction for many young people and film and music producers. Therefore, it’s not strange that this place is where the crew of “Kong: Skull Island” stayed in the longest time while filming the movie.

Trang An

Perhaps people has been familiar with the name of Trang An. This place is like a fairy land with the massive mountains, the system of fanciful caves and high blue sky; therefore, it will certainly bring you an exciting experience. Especially, coming to Trang An in the season of ripe rice, you will be immersed in the beautiful scene of thousands of immense rice fields are covered by bright yellow. You can combine Trang An tourism with two other famous sites, Bai Dinh Pagoda and Hoa Lu ancient capital.

Trang An in the film "Kong: Skull Island"

Trang An – Ninh Binh Province

Besides the cave system, Trang An is also associated with the vestiges of the ancient capital of Hoa Lu, the first capital of Vietnam Feudal Centralized Power state in the 10th century and two famous temples of King Dinh Tien Hoang and King Le Dai Hanh.

Bai Dinh, a large population of pagodas, is known for many records in Asia and Vietnam as the largest temple in Vietnam, the temple having the largest bronze Buddha statue in Asia, the temple having the longest corridor with Arhats statues in Asia. Coming to Bai Dinh, in addition to worshiping in the ancient Bai Dinh Pagoda, you also have the opportunity to explore 80ha in the new temple or explore the mountain with caves with stalactites which are as beautiful as in caves in Ha Long Bay.

Van Long Lagoon

Van Long Lagoon, Gia Vien, Ninh Binh, is considered to be the place where the filmmakers stayed in the longest time because this is the scene used for Iwi “village” in the film.

Van Long Lagoon, which is not a natural lagoon, is formed by dykes embankment on the left bank of the Day River to prevent the floodwaters. From then, Van Long turned into a vast wetlands with  beautiful rocks, caves and an area of nearly 3,500 hectares. The impressive feature of Van Long Lake is the semi-submerged Ca cave that fills the mountain with numerous sparkling stalactites.

Van Long Lagoon in the film "Kong: Skull Island"

Van Long Lagoon

If you want to leave the noise and dust of the city to return to nature, Van Long Lagoon Resort will be an ideal destination. Van Long is the largest wetland nature reserve in the Northern delta plain in Gia Vien district, Ninh Binh province. This place has an extremely rich and unique ecosystem with diverse fauna and flora. Especially, this site also owns beautiful, simple and poetic feng shui paintings. Here, you will have the opportunity to explore many beautiful mountains and caves.

Tam Coc – Bich Dong

Tam Coc – Bich Dong, also known as “Halong Bay on land” or “Nam Thien De Nhi Dong” (Vietnam’s second most beautiful cave), is a key tourist destination in Vietnam. Coming here, you will have the opportunity to capture the special images of the system of limestone cave as well as historical monuments from the Tran dynasty. Apart from that, some famous sites such as Bich Dong, Co Vien Lau, and Thung Nham will be places you should not miss the trip to Tam Coc – Bich Dong.

Ngo Dong River in Tam Coc Bich Dong in the film "Kong: Skull Island"

Ngo Dong River in Tam Coc Bich Dong

#3.Sightseeing in Halong Bay (the north of Vietnam)

Referring to the landscapes in Vietnam, we could not forget to mention Ha Long Bay, the name every Vietnamese knows. It is not only beautiful at \ present or in the future, but it was also beautiful in ancient times in the poem of Nguyen Khoa Diem: “The chicken, the toad of the homeland also turned Ha Long into a landscape.” Recently, Ha Long Bay was recognized as one of the seven most beautiful wonders in the world by the UNESCO. So, do you know what makes Ha Long be such a famous place?

Halong Bay in the film "Kong: Skull Island"

Halong Bay

Halong Bay is has associated with many legends. One of them is that, the Jade Emperor sent a Mother Dragon to bring baby dragons to the earth to help the Vietnamese fight the enemy. The enemy’s boats from the sea rushed to the shore right at the time the Dragons reached the world. The Dragon immediately sprayed the fire to burn the enemy’s boats, some released Chau Ngoc (balls) to form a rock wall, which made the enemy’s boats crashed and shattered, blocking the attack of the invaders.

After the enemy was dissolved, seeing the peaceful land, trees, hard- working, united people here, Mother Dragon and Baby Dragons did not return to the heaven but stayed in the world where had the battle to protect people of Dai Viet forever. The location where Mother Dragon landed is Ha Long; where Baby Dragon landed is Bai Tu Long and the place where the dragons wagged their tails is called Bach Long Vi (Tra Co peninsula today, with sandy beaches of over 15 km long).

Beautiful caves are also the highlights of Ha Long Bay. Each island is clustered together as the layers overlapping each other when being seen from far, but alternating to form a strange beautiful population when we take a closer look. Each island of the bay does not bring the beauty but also has the shape of the universe, from Trong- Mai Islet (rock of ‘the kissing cocks’), Ong Su  (Buddhist Monk) Islet, La Vong Islet to Tuan Chau Island, Trinh Nu (Virgin Girl) Cave …

Halong Bay was honored as a natural wonder of the world not only for its beauty but also for many other factors. For example, there are many famous archaeological sites including Dong Mang, Soi Nhu, Thoi Gieng in Halong… It has proved that Ha Long is the cradle of human civilization of the Stone Age. More than that, there is also the first-class biodiversity. With the concentration of many species of plants representing each type of ecosystem: mangrove ecosystem, coral reef ecosystem, tropical forest ecosystem … along with thousands of precious marine species which are only found in Ha Long Bay. The important point of Ha Long Bay is that it is associated with many anecdotes of the history of the nation, with many victories against foreign invaders of heroic generals.

Halong Bay is a natural wonder, a historical landmark of Vietnam. Visiting Ha Long Bay, you not only enjoy a beautiful space, spacious nature, beautiful gentle scenery, but also enjoy the delicious food made from seafood and various recreational activities. Coming to Ha Long, you will definitely have a great holiday.

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