Skull Island Filming Location: Aboriginal village in Ninh Binh, Vietnam

Skull Island Filming location
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Have you watched the reboot version of King Kong franchise – Kong: Skull Island (2017)? You probably wonder where those amazing scenes were filmed, don’t you? Vietnam was proudly one of the selected filming locations for this movie. The Blockbuster Kong: Skull Island was shot in various famous destinations in Vietnam such as Ha Long Bay, Quang Binh Province, etc. Ninh Binh was one of the chosen places in this list as well! In this article, I will show you the Kong: Skull Island filming location in Trang An, Ninh Binh, Vietnam, with a special guide to the aboriginal village.

Are you ready to discover the Aboriginal village in the movie?


A little bit of background of Skull Island Vietnam

In case you haven’t watched the movie yet, you can check out the details here on IMDb

When the Kong: Skull Island crew finished filming in Vietnam, they left and cleaned up all the scene setting. Even though they left nothing back, the government took the chance and restored the filming location to attract domestic and foreign tourists. The plan works out and this place becomes one of the must visit when you get to Vietnam.

How to get there?

The Kong: Skull Island movie was filmed in Trang An, a scenic area near Ninh Bình, Vietnam. Therefore, you just need to come here and take the boat tour. There are several boat tours daily, so you don’t need to book any tour in advance. You just need to go there and purchase the ticket.

Note: You must choose the 2nd Tour which includes the Aboriginal village. If you choose the first route, you can only see the caves and some temples.


How much does the tour cost?

You will be so surprised when you know this. The Film location tour price is already included in the whole Trang An tour, which is only 200 000 VND ($8.8). You will get a 3-hour-boat-tour around Trang An + a free time visiting the village. You can enjoy the view and explore this film set in 3 hours with a boat-rider.


What to bring?

  • Camera: A good camera is a MUST! The scenery is amazing, so you will miss a lot without a camera.
  • Hat: Vietnamese weather is so hot and humid, so sitting under the sun for 3 hours without a hat is not a good idea.
  • Water
  • Some snacks: You can buy in some area, but there is not many places or restaurants around.
  • Comfortable shoes: You need to walk around a lot, so it’s better to wear something comfortable.
  • Small cash: It will be a nice gesture to tip the boat riders around 50,000 VND ~ 100,000 VND. They work really hard to provide the service, so they deserve with all that rowling. Also, they cannot work every day, and they have to clean up the area for free when they’re not working. So, a bit tip is necessary in this case.

How about a life jacket? Do you need to bring one? No, you don’t have to because it is already included in a tour.


So are you ready to discover the Skull Island Filming location?

Because this’s a filming set, I edit pictures in movie vibe 🙂

The path

You will follow this path to the village…

The path to the village

Here is the path to the Skull Island Village. The road is quite long, so just take time to observe the nature around.


Discover the boat

Do you remember this place in the movie? Let’s discover the boat 🙂


Skull Island Boat

You can see this boat in the Kong: Skull Island movie.


the boat and nature

Another picture of the boat. The combination of the boat and nature is amazing


Skull Island Boat on the right

Let’s take a closer look at the boat. Do you feel like you’re in the movie yet?


Boat on the left side

Here is another side of the boat


Skull Island Village

Here you are! You make it to the village!

Skull Island Vietnam: Aboriginal Village

The village is so cute with many houses on the way. You can actually go inside each house and experience.


The people

Be careful, they may catch you!

People at the village


I’m just kidding!

They were super friendly when I was there. Those people acted in the movie, so the government offered them a job at this place. They will be happy to take some pictures with you, so don’t hesitate to ask them 😉

It’s time to say goodbye~~~

Leave the village

Here is the end of the journey. You will get on the boat to go back.

Read the experience on Trip Advisor

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59 replies
  1. Mel says:

    It’s always fun to visit movie sets and see those places in real life. Were you on the look out for King Kong while you were there? 😉 Even if it wasn’t a movie set, it looks like a neat place to visit in its own rights. It’s gorgeous!

  2. Abigail Sinsona says:

    I haven’t seen the last Kong movie but I have wanted to. This is such an interesting tidbit into the film. I have always sought after film locations and it was just cool to see the location that was used. Your photos are brilliant, by the way!

  3. Suzanne says:

    It’s amazing how you can discover new locations by simply watching a movie. This is great for unknown locations and can be a good way for the country’s government to make some foreign exchange. I hope the experience remains sustainable for the Vietnamese people who call that location home.

  4. Bee says:

    Oh how awesome was it that the Vietnamese government kept the island open for tourism. I think it’s cool they let the film extras stay in role for extra effect. the island looks amazing and def worth exploring!!

  5. Sonja says:

    I love visiting film locations when I travel and this looks like such an amazing one! I had no idea that King Kong was filmed in Vietnam. It’s great they’ve actually allowed it to stay open so that you can visit and it looks like a fun trip to get there. I missed this part of Vietnam when I visited so I’ll have to go next time!

  6. Heraa says:

    Wow I didn’t know King Kong was filmed in Vietnam. The location is looking so amazing. I would love to ride on that boat. The location is looking so adventurous. I will definitely go there on my next visit to Vietnam.

  7. Mina says:

    Amazing! Your photos are so gorgeous by the way…
    I haven’t seen the movie but I just got a serious desire to go back to Vietnam and finally make it to Ninh Binh… Looks so chill and lovely… and green!

  8. Ameeta says:

    It’s a very cool idea from the Vietnamese government to restore the film set, definitely helps the tourism. I have never actually visited a place with the intention of checking out filming locations but I am very interested in checking out the Game of Thrones locations 🙂

  9. Amanda Koh says:

    I didn’t know this was the filming location for Skull Island! Now I’ve got to visit since it’s only a few hours from Singapore!! Will definitely bring my camera to snap amazing photos like yours!

  10. Chloe says:

    Wow this is such an amazing place I didn’t even know about even though I passed through Ninh Bình on my way to Tam Coc. That boat looks like something out of a movie. I’d love to see a tribe or small village like this!

  11. Manjulika says:

    It is so exciting to visit a particular place where a movie has been shot. I remember how Vietnam’s skull island got famous after the shoot location was promoted. People love to visit such places. Movies have a great role to play in promoting tourism of a place. Thanks for taking me on a virtual trip to Skull Island, I am yet to see Kong: Skull Island .

    • Ha says:

      Thank you for your sweet comment, Manjulika. It’s true that after the movie, the location became famous and attracts lots of tourists from all over the world.

  12. April says:

    Wow! I’ve never seen a village as gorgeous and lush as this one. Also I haven’t seen the movie that was filmed here yet but I want to now. Man I’m dying of wanderlust now haha.

  13. Kim says:

    I didn’t watch the movie, but I did see the trailer so I’m familiar with this location! That’s so cool you were able to visit in-person. It looks breathtaking, so much lush greenery. I can’t believe how cheap the tour to see the location was, $8?! Insane.

  14. Annemarie says:

    I like that they removed all signs of the filming because it looks just so pristine. But it’s also kinda cool that they set it up again for film enthusiasts. It’s pretty fascinating. I hope I can go visit one day.


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