Kong: Skull Island (2017) – Filming Locations+Map

Kong Skull Island - Filming locations in Vietnam
Kong: Skull Island – filming locations in Vietnam. Where to find these places from the movie?

1. Kong: Skull Island movie
2. Filming locations – Map
3. Quang Ninh Province
4. Ninh Binh Province
5. Quang Binh Province
6. Photos from the shooting
7. FAQ + Travel Tips

Kong: Skull Island (2017) movie was filmed in Vietnam, Australia and Hawaii.

King Kong – it was already filmed several action/fantasy/adventure movie about the famous big ape. The original and the first black and white film has already been shot in 1933 and another bigger fame was finally received in 2005 by director Peter Jackson. In the 2015-2016 was filmed another sequel – Kong: Skull Island (director Jordan Vogt-Roberts). This episode was also filmed in Vietnam (northern and central part), Australia and Hawaii.


Vietnam attracts its scenery directors from around the world almost constantly.

Kong: Skull Island is another in a series of movies that have been filmed in Vietnam. Kong became the largest production filmed in Vietnam (budget about 190 million USD). Among the better-known films we can mention for example: Pan (2015), James Bond (1997), Indochina (1992), The beautiful country (2004), Three Seasons (1999). Scenery, nature and exceptional surroundings in Vietnam attracts and will attract directors from all the world.

Map of the filming locations in Vietnam- Kong: Skull Island:

Kong: Skull Island was filmed in these provinces > Quang Ninh (Ha Long Bay), Ninh Binh, Quang Binh.


1. Quang Ninh Province (Ha Long Bay):

Ha Long Bay – one of the most fascinating, but very tourist sites throughout Vietnam. The biggest „tourist attraction“ in Vietnam. About 2,000 mountainous islands, islets and karst formations creates a unique place in the whole world. This place was written in UNESCO World Heritage List. Travel agencies in Ha Long already offer a variety of boat trips and trips focusing on the places where this movie was filmed.

Filming locations of Kong: Skull Island in Ha Long Bay:

    • Ba Hang – a group of several karst formations and islands Ha Long Bay. You can see this place from Bai Tho viewpoint (Núi Bai Tho).
    • Thiên Cung Cave – the cave on the Đầu Gỗ Island, 5 km from the Tuần Châu tourist island.
    • Sung Sot Cave – well-known big cave, 10 km east of Cat Ba Island.
    • Ngoc Vun Island – is the larger island, located approximately 15 km west of the Quan Lan Island.

How to get from Hanoi to Ha Long?

Book your stay in Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay is the most visited site in Vietnam. Some areas were also seen in Kong Skull Island movie.

2. Ninh Binh Province:

Ninh Binh – another of the filming sites of Kong in northern Vietnam. Neighborhood near the city covers a huge area of karst scenery interwoven of the rivers and rice fields, where it is possible to buy some of the boat trips. This place is also called „Inland Ha Long“ because of the similarity with the Ha Long Bay. However, it is significantly smaller than Ha Long Bay, but this region has a great historical significance. Places such as Hoa Lu (formerly a historic capital of Vietnam), Trang An Landscape Complex and Bai Dinh Buddhist temple are the national and cultural heritage of Vietnam.

Filming locations of Kong: Skull Island in Ninh Binh:

    • Van Long Nature Reserve – karst scenery, similar site Tam Coc or Trang An, less popular, boat trips possible. Van Long Nature Reserve is about 20 km from the Ninh Binh town, rent a motorbike and go.
    • Tràng An Landscape Complex – karst scenery and beautiful and very popular historic site written in UNESCO World Heritage List. Boat trips possible. There are several smaller buddhist pagodas and temples.
      UPDATE (September 2019): Kong: Skull Island film set was removed from world heritage site in Trang An. The removal is part of heritage conservation efforts. The film set, with around 40 rattan tents and daily-life tools which are part of a tribal village depicted in the movie, was open free to visitors since April 2017. Models of a ship and airplane resembling those in the film were also on display (more informations).
    • Tam Coc – Bich Donga popular tourist site and karst scenery similar to Trang An. Boat trips possible. There are several smaller buddhist pagodas and palaces. Appropriate choice of the movement is bicycle, no hills or climb.

How to get from Hanoi to Ninh Binh?

Book your stay in Ninh Binh

Trang An Landscape Complex was also one of the place of shooting of Kong Skull Island movie.

3. Quang Binh Province:

Quang Binhthis place is known mainly through the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park and the largest cave in the world – Son Doong Cave. Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is written in the UNESCO World Heritage List. We can say it is place like Ninh Binh, however, but it is much larger. The starting point if you want to explore these places is Dong Hoi town, located about 50 km from the park and you can get to Dong Hoi by train.

Filming locations of Kong: Skull Island in Quang Binh:

    • Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park – karst and mountainious scenery, caves, hills, trekking, nature. Tourist place and the most visited place in the province of Quang Binh.
    • Da Deo Pass + Cha Noi valley – pass, which winds around the Phong Nha-Ke Bang  National Park and nearby Cha Noi Valley.
    • Yen Phu Lake – it is not so well-known place, located about 15 km west of the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.
    • „Rat cave“ (Tu Lan Cave Complex) – a cave complex, approximately 25 km from the Phong Nha-Ke Bang Park.

How to get from Hanoi to Dong Hoi?

Book your stay in Phong Nha-Ke Bang

Phong Nha-Ke Bang Park was also another place of shooting of Kong Skull Island movie. There are various cave systems in this park.

Whatever your opinion of the movie Kong: Skull Island (I like this type of film), but one thing is certain. The film became mainly in Vietnam big and profitable hit and a month after the premiere (world premiere was March 9, 2017) reported revenue worldwide over 500 million dollars, and this figure is likely to grow.

There was a plane to build the statue of Kong near the Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi , but was later rejected for now 🙂 The ratings of the film is also very good, IMDB.com received ratings 7/10 icon-star and on Rottentomatoes.com 77%. On this type of film is very successful ratings.

Kong: Skull Island movie:
Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Music: Henry Jackman
Production companies: Warner Bros., Legendary Pictures, Tencent Pictures
Duration: 120 minutes

Ha Long Bay – one of the most visited places in northern Vietnam.
Tourists on the boats in Trang An Scenic Complex in Ninh Binh.
Trang An Scenic Complex in Ninh Binh – one of the filming places of Kong: Skull Island. (This movie set was removed in September 2019).
In Trang An Complex (Ninh Binh) some of the replicas of the film are left. (This movie set was removed in September 2019).

Movie trailer: Kong: Skull Island (locations in Vietnam):

Photos from filming of Kong, director’s profile on Instagram:

No. 1 movie in the world. Thankful to all the people who came out, my amazing cast and incredible crew.

Příspěvek sdílený Jordan Vogt-Roberts (@voteroberts),

This is my spirit animal.

Příspěvek sdílený Jordan Vogt-Roberts (@voteroberts),

Literally my ride to work.

Příspěvek sdílený Jordan Vogt-Roberts (@voteroberts),

A local crowd has gathered to watch. Once again. I love Vietnam.

Příspěvek sdílený Jordan Vogt-Roberts (@voteroberts),


Příspěvek sdílený Jordan Vogt-Roberts (@voteroberts),

I’ll take pretty much any excuse to get in the water during shooting. Oh, also – once again look at the beauty of Viet Nam.

Příspěvek sdílený Jordan Vogt-Roberts (@voteroberts),

Frequently asked questions – Kong: Skull Island in Vietnam:

1️⃣ Where was Kong Skull Island filmed in Vietnam?

2️⃣ Is Skull Island a real place?

    • No, Skull Island is not a real place in the world. The island, like its inhabitants, is wholly fictional.

3️⃣ When the Kong: Skull Island was filmed?

    • Kong: Skull Island movie was filmed in 2016-2017 in Vietnam, Australia and Hawaii.

4️⃣ How tall is Kong in Skull Island?

    • King Kong (according to „Kong: Skull Island,“ 2017) is 100 feet (31 meters) tall.

5️⃣ How to explore Halong Bay?

    • The best way how to explore and see Halong Bay is to travel on the boat. You can book your several day cruise in this area easily online. Read this article: 15 Best Halong Bay Cruises.

6️⃣ How you can book bus/train tickets to Ha Long, Ninh Binh or Dong Hoi?

    • You can book train, bus tickets or private cars and flights easily online with Baolau or 12go.asia.


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