Discover the beautiful filming locations of Kong: Skull Island in Vietnam

Thursday, March 10, 2016

(National Times)- The filming locations of the much expected blockbuster, Kong: Skull Island in Vietnam have received a lot of attention since the crew announced their plan.

Quang Binh

Quang Binh is the first filming location for Kong: Skull Island in Vietnam. Director Jordan Vogt-Robert and his crew spent four day (22-25 Feb) here, at Chuot Cave, Yen Phu Lake and Cha Noi Valley.

Yen Phu Lake, located in the north-central Quang Binh is the backdrop for a scene in which a pilot escapes after his helicopter landed on the island. Yen Phu lies on a tranquil town with the approximated population of 1,000. According to locals, the lake being filmed is exotic to even Vietnamese and has been served for irrigational purpose only. The crew left a very nice impression with locals for efforts to remain the nature here intact after finishing all the shooting.

Yen Phu Lake (photo: quangbinh tourism)
Yen Phu Lake (photo: 24h)

Chuot (Rat) Cave is another shooting location in Quang Binh. A part of Tulan cave system, Chuot Cave is well-known for its wild nature. The cave is covered with forests and rivers with magnificent and colorful stalagmites and stalactites inside. The entrance to the cave is 500m height. The crew has spent 100,000 USD to build a road connecting the town center to the cave. Waiting for visitors at the end of the cave after a long walking is a beautiful large valley called Ken.

Chuot Cave (photo: phununews)
Chuot Cave (photo:

Cha Noi Valley is the last backdrop in Quang Binh. Lies in the foothills of Da Deo Pass, Cha Noi looks like a wild valley without any footprints of modern world. Surrounded by ranges of mountains and covered in clouds and fog, the valley is truly a hidden gem for any visitors.

Cha Noi Valley (photo: 24h)
Cha Noi Vallet (photo: Internet)

Ninh Binh

Ninh Binh is one of the most popular destinations in northern Vietnam. The film crew has selected Ninh Binh’s famous attractions, including Tam Coc – Bich Dong, Trang An and Van Long for the shooting in two weeks from Feb 27 to Mar 15.

Trang An, located approx. 7 km from the west of the city is the first filming location for Kong in Ninh Binh. The chosen backdrop includes a nearly 2-hectar valley lying inside the World Heritage Scenic Landscape Complex.

Trang An Scenic Landscape complex  (photo: 24h)

Tam Coc – Bich Dong is often regarded as Ha Long Bay in land or the most magnificent cave in Vietnam. Tam Coc, literally meaning as Three Potholes include three potholes: Ca, Hai and Ba. All these caves has been formed by the erosion of rocks in Ngo Dong River which running underneath range of mountains. The nature beauty of Tam Coc – Bich Dong is perfectly blended between the impressive system of stalactites and stalagmites inside the cave, the spectacular view of mountain ranges and the peaceful scenery of rivers outside.     

Tam Coc - Bich Dong (photo: Internet)

Van Long Nature Reserve is where the team shoots their last scenes in NInh Binh. It is not only the largest nature reserve of wetland in Northern Delta of Vietnam, but also a cultural relic. With an area of 3,000 hectares, Van Long has over spectacular caves, many of which are large and are open to visitors all year round, such as Fish Cave, Shadow Cave, Tortoise Cave, Lime Cave etc.    

Van Long Nature Reserve (photo:

3. Ha Long Bay

The most beloved World Heritage of Vietnam has not been a new face to global cinema industry. The Oscar winning movie, Indochine (1992) had been shot here. The success of the movie has been said to attract a large wave of visitors flocking to Ha Long from Europe.

Kong’s filming crew is expected to spend a few days in Ha Long for its last shots before leaving Vietnam at the end of March.

Ha Long Bay (photo: Internet)

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