Ninh Binh is about 95km from Hanoi, or 2.5 hours South by car. The province is surrounded by Hoa Binh and Ha Nam to the North; Nam Dinh to the East and Thanh Hoa to the West and South. Here, gained the gift from Mother Nature, Ninh Binh has various scenery with mountainous areas in the West and Northwest; and coastal parts in the East and South. Moreover, it is also the first capital of Vietnam feudal regime of the Dai Co Viet as well as political, economic and cultural centre at that time. Therefore, thousands of vestiges of palaces, temples, pagodas and tombs related to the three dynasties of Dinh, Le and Ly is the most attractive site where tourists hope to discover when visiting.

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Kong: Skull Island was shot in the central province of Quang Binh and the northern provinces of Quang Ninh and Ninh Binh in February 2016, and was released internationally in March this year. Its director and screenwriter, Jordan Charles Vogt-Roberts, was named Vietnam’s tourism ambassador on March 14. So, nowadays, Ninh Binh has become worlwide as "Kong Skull Island" lying within the Trang An Landscape Complex. For more information, Trang An, Tam Coc – Bich Dong and Van Long wetland, three famous tourist destinations of Ninh Binh, will appear in blockbuster Kong: Skull Island, expected to debut in 2017. 

Kong: Skull Island Poster

The studio where film Kong: Skull Island was shot here was restored and opened to tourists on April 15, coinciding with the Trang An Festival. Specially, since the studio is part of the Trang An Landscape Complex, the entry is for free, according to the Trang An Landscape Management. The board also explained that because the American studio was not charged when filming here, they were permitted to restore and turn the site into a tourism spot a certain period of time after the film’s release.

In 26th February afternoon, the crew of Kong: Skull Island arrived in Ninh Binh and started working for two weeks from 27th February to 15th March here. The first shooting location is scenic Trang An landscape complex, located 7 km to the west of Ninh Binh city and 96 km from Hanoi. On 8th 3 March, the film will be continued shooting at the Tam Coc – Bich Dong and from 9/3 to 15/3, the crew will film in Van Long natural reserve. This is not only a resort but also a largest wetland natural reserve in Red river delta. It is located in the north east of Gia Vien district. While Kong: Skull Island is filmed in Trang An and Van Long wetland, tourists will be guided into other lanes in order not to affect to the film making.

Restoration work has been underway for more than 20 days and two out of three tasks have been completed, said a representative from the Trang An Landscape Management Board.

The restored area is the tribal village described in the film, with dozen of rattan tents being set up for decorative items. Besides, models of a ship and airplane resembling those used in Kong: Skull Island will also be exhibited at the site, where parts of the movie were filmed and therefore named "Skull island." 

The tribe village
The selected context includes a 2 hectare broad valley inside Trang An landscape complex (between Tam Coc – Bich Dong and the marina area of Trang An).

Thung ex is an aggregate combination of cultural heritage and natural heritage which was recognized by UNESCO in 2014 as the World Cultural and Natural Heritage site in Vietnam. The Vietnamese Government has recognized many heritages of the region as the special national relics including Trang An eco-tourism area, tourist resort of Tam Coc – Bich Dong, Hoa Lu ancient capital.

Tam Coc – Bich Dong, also known for famous names such as “Ha Long Bay on land” is a key tourist destination of Vietnam.

The entire region consists of the system of limestone caves and historic sites relating to the provision of Vu Lam of Tran Dynasty located in Ninh Hai Commune, Hoa Lu. These weathered and eroded limestone mountains form many unique shapes and always bring excitement to visitors.

Van Long natural reserve boasts a landscaped and poetic beauty. The water is crystal bule which help you clearly see eye-catching moss carpet at the bottom. The breathtaking beauty of this place is also added by the majestic limestone mountains which have been largely eroded making a virtual cave system.

Before that, on 2017 April 7, during a working session with Ninh Binh provincial authorities, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said, film Kong: Skull Island help promote tourism in Ninh Binh very good. So, leaders of Ninh Binh province should consider advantage of the opportunity to promote tourism promotion. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc urged the northern province of Ninh Bình to make tourism the driving force of the local economy, in order to turn the province into a must-visit destination in Vietnam.

After releasing the film, Vogt-Roberts who is the director as well as Vietnam's Tourist Ambassador, arrived at Trang An on May 10 and visited the film set which now has turned into a tourist destination. Vogt-Roberts also met with the local extras that appeared as tribe villagers in the film.

He expressed gratitude to the locals that helped to make the film a success. Then, he went on to say that he was impressed that the location had been so carefully rebuilt and glad that the destination also creates jobs to local people.

Vogt-Roberts, Vietnam's Tourist Ambassador

For the director, he said, it was glad and respectful that the film he produced could bring the images of the country to international audiences.

Moreover, as a tourism ambassador, he hoped to do well in promoting tourism industry in Vietnam as well as Ninh Binh Province to the world so that more foreign films will be made in Vietnam.

As a major part of Kong: Skull Island was shot last year in three provinces of Quang Binh, Ninh Binh and Quang Ninh, the local authorities planned to open a tourist route to connect those three 

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