Film Locations in Southeast Asia Part 3

In the third of our series looking at Southeast Asia film locations we look at one of the biggest hits of 2018 and another classic Vietnam film that was not actually filmed in Vietnam.

In part 1 we looked at locations for Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Good Morning Vietnam and in part 2 we looked locations for films including The Man With The Golden Gun, Apocalypse Now and Eat Pray Love.

Crazy Rich Asians (2018)

This unexpected box office hit followed a New Yorker travelling to Singapore to meet her boyfriends family.

The film is credited in boosting tourism in Singapore as it followed the ultra-rich in a number of locations.

The <a href=”http://<a href=”; target=”_blank”>Marina Bay Sands Hotel was featured prominently throughout the film including the Sands SkyPark Observation Deck on the 57th floor.

Strangely the film chose to rebrand the world famous <a href=”http://<a href=”; target=”_blank”>Raffles Hotel as the Kingsford Hotel.

The wedding venue in the films is actually Chijmes which dates back to the 1840’s and is a complex of buildings that have housed an orphanage, convent, girls school as well as serving as a large function venue, including weddings.

Chijmes, Singapore. Credit Edwin Lee on flickr

Also featured in Singapore is the Newton Food Centre and great destination for a variety of food and drink.

It was not just Singapore featured however. <a href=”http://<a href=”; target=”_blank”>Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion or The Blue Mansion in Penang was the venue for the game of Mahjong and the <a href=”http://<a href=”; target=”_blank”>Four Seasons Resort in Langawi which was the home for the bachelorette party.

Anna and the King (1999)

This story of the romance between the King of Siam and a widowed British schoolteacher during the 1860’s starred Jodie Foster.

However the film could not be shot on location in Thailand due the Thai Film Board protesting against historical inaccuracies in the script and the memoir on which it was based.

Instead the film moved to Malaysia with most of the filming taking place in Ipoh.

Other locations included Rumah Besar Papan a mansion in Papan that was used for some schenes for the Grand Palace. Armenian Street in Penang substituted for Bangkok street scenes and the Grand Ballroom of Penang City Hall was the Royal Court Room.

Penang City Hall, Malaysia. Credit Allen Warren on flickr

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith  (2005)

Phang Nga Bay in Thailand was used for a number of backround scenes.

The Deer Hunter (1978)

Another Vietnam film that was actually filmed in Thailand.

This classic look at how the USA – Vietnam War impacts on the lives of a small US town and starring Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken.

As in Good Morning Vietnam city scenes were filmed in Bangkok which stood in for Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City). The scene depicting the evacuation of Saigon in 1973 was filmed on Throng Wad Road where it is reported that more than 6,000 people turned up following a call for 800 extras for crowd scenes.

Dom Muang Airport stood in for the US Airfield and further scenes were filmed in the Kanchanaburi District in Thailand.

Photo credit “The Blue Mansion” Adam Jones on flickr

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