Aboriginal village in Trang An, Ninh Binh, Vietnam

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Have you watched the reboot version of King Kong franchise – Kong: Skull Island (2017)?

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, and 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 complete guide to the native village.

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


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 to Skull Island Trang An?

The Kong: Skull Island movie was filmed in Trang An, a scenic area near Ninh Bình, Vietnam.

Trang An Tour from Hanoi

Price: $24

The easiest way to visit the Skull island movie film set in Trang An is by booking a one-day tour to Trang An from Hanoi.

As a tour includes convenient roundtrip transfers from Hanoi, you won’t need to bother about getting from Hanoi to Ninh Binh and taking a taxi to Trang An, which can be costly if you travel solo.

Also, by taking a Trang An tour, you will get an excellent opportunity to visit Bai Dinh temple, one of the largest temples in Vietnam.

Inclusive Of:

  • English speaking guide
  • Lunch
  • Boat trip cruise
  • Sightseeing fees during guided time
  • Hotel pick up and drop off at the Old Quarter
  • Insurance provided by the operator

Not Inclusive Of:

  • Personal expenses
  • Electric minibus ($1.2 per person/way). This bus’s route runs within the Bai Dinh Pagoda area

DIY Trang An Guide

Price: 300,000 VND (2-way buses) + 200,000 VND (boat ticket) + Taxi

Alternatively, you can also take a train or bus from Hanoi to Ninh Binh.

The train will only drop you off at Ninh Binh train station, and then you will need to take a taxi or rent motorbike to get to Trang An, which is approximately 6 km away.

If you take a bus to Ninh Binh from Hanoi, you will be able to choose the drop off location at Trang An boat terminal.

Please read Hanoi to Ninh Binh Travel Guide for more information.


How much is the ticket for Trang An boat rides?

At the boat terminal, you can purchase your boat ticket.

The ticket costs 200,000 VND for Vietnamese (4 people per boat) and 400,000 VND for foreigners (2 people per boat).

Comparing the price, it costs more if you travel to Trang An on your own. Therefore, I would suggest choosing Trang An Day tour if you only intend to visit Ninh Binh in 1 day.

-> Read more about other things to do in Ninh Binh 

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Trang An – the scenic area near Ninh Bình, Vietnam


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

You will get a 3-hour-boat-tour around Trang An and 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 pack?

  • Camera: A good camera is a MUST! The scenery is impressive so that 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 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 they will provide you.


The path

You will follow this path to the village.

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


Discover the boat

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

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You can see this boat in the Kong: Skull Island movie
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Another picture of the boat. The combination of the boat and nature is fantastic.
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Let’s take a closer look at the boat. Do you feel like you’re in the movie yet?
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Here is another side of the boat


Skull Island Village

Here you are! You make it to the village!

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The village is lovely with many houses on the way. You can go inside each of them and experience.


The people

Be careful. They may catch you!

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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~~~

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


Please note that this place is no longer available in 2020.

  1. 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. 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. 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. 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!!

    1. It was really nice that they did that, right? There is so many opportunities for tourists to explore a new place :)

  5. 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. 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. This seems to be my type of tour. :) How much time did you spend in the village, and did you mingle with the locals or simply took pictures with them?

  8. 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!

  9. I was in Vietnam last year but did not know about this tour. It looks amazing. I definitely want to check it out when I return to Vietnam.

  10. 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 :)

  11. 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!

  12. No, I haven’t watched the film , but the location looks absolutely stunning. I would love do the tour and spend a good number of hours there. It looks quiet, serene and beautiful :)

  13. This is so cool!! I had no idea Skull Island was filmed in Vietnam. Definitely a new bucket list item – I love visiting film sets!

  14. Wow this looks like such an exotic place to visit. I didn’t know that King Kong movie scene was done at Skull Island. Very impressive natural setting

  15. 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!

  16. I haven’t seen the movie but your post makes me want to watch it and then travel back to Vietnam to see Ninh Binh :-) We visited Halong Bay last Spring but didn’t make it to Ninh Binh.

  17. I love visiting filming locations, it’s so interesting :) The journey you take to get to this one, in particular, looks beautiful, what a great way to explore!

  18. 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 .

    1. 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.

  19. I haven’t watched the Kong movies yet – but did see some other parts of where it was filmed near Tam Coc and Halong Bay. Great post!

    1. Actually I just realised I did go to Trang Ang, but didn’t see all of this you saw, I think I did the other circuit – feeling dissapointed now :-(

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. Absolutely breathtaking! I always see pictures and think they are beautiful, but I bet it’s 100x better in person.

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