Looking at the headline of this article, one could wonder: What does Vietnam have to do with King Kong? In fact, it has nothing to do with it, and it has everything to do with it at the same time. Yes, we all know that King Kong is a fictional character and does not exist in real life, however the Vietnamese province of Nihn Bihn has one characteristic that puts the fictional and real realms in symbiosis. In 2017, the film “King Kong: Skull Island” premiered, which chose this charismatic place for several shooting sets.
The entire region consists of mountain limestone formations. These limestone mountains, damaged by erosion, have many unique shapes, which always end up making good impressions on all the visitors.
The most notewirthy region where some takes of the film were recorded is Trang An, which, despite already being well known for being recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2014, attracted even more fame thanks to the fact that the film of the saga of King Kong was recorded there.
1. When to visit?
You can visit Trang An and all the entire Ninh Binh region at any time of the year. However, the period between January and March is recommended. This is the time when Trang An festivals take place, therefore you can combine taking tours of great views with exploring the typical festival features here like the Trang An festival, along with water and faith processions on the river.
Trang An Grottoes Tour offers three different boat routes for discovwering the Trang An region and its many natural wonders.
Route 1. Intended for those who prefer caves, since it is the route that visits the largest number of caves. From Tran Temple to Khong Pagoda, you will have the chance to visit 12 caves and 3 spiritual points on the Sao Khue River in the following order: Trinh Temple, Toi Cave, Sang Cave, Nau Ruou Cave, Tran Cave, Ba Giot Cave, Seo Cave, Cave Son Duong, Khong temple, Tran cave, Quy Hau cave.
Route 2. Most tourists opt for this itinerary, as it is suitable for people with a reduced schedule. On this route, you will be taken to visit the following places: Trinh temple, Dot cave, May cave, Suoi Tien temple (Fairy Stream temple), Dia Linh mountain, Dai cave, Vu Lam imperial palace, Kong: Skull Island movie studio.
Route 3. If the main interest is to see limestone mountains, route 3 is the most suitable. This focuses more on observing the mountains.