Indochina, the name given to the region composed of Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia, is an area of Southeast Asia known for its fabulous landscapes, incredible cultures and the kindness of its people. These assets attract many visitors each year.
But tourists are not the only ones to be seduced by the idea of a stay in Indochina. Indeed, a number of directors have chosen Indochina to be the place of action of their film. Here is a list of movie locations in Indochina that you can visit during your stay.
1. The Archaeological Complex of Angkor
The Archaeological Complex of Angkor is a magnificent set of temples and religious monuments located in northwestern Cambodia. Formerly capital of the Khmer Kingdom, it is today a symbol of the country, and its main tourist attraction. The films Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Two Brothers were filmed there. Chosen for its timeless atmosphere, this unique ensemble of Khmer architecture is now one of the highlights of Cambodia tours.
This area, about 150km southwest of Phnom Penh, the capital, enjoys a temperate climate throughout the year, and offers a different perspective on Cambodia. At an altitude of 1079m, Bokor seems far from dark and mysterious. It is however a place dear to the heart of the visitors. In the 90s, spectators knew Bokor as "the most exotic place on Earth", or as a "ghost town" because of its devastated and mysterious atmosphere. This mystical beauty earned him the place to shoot two films: Jimmy in 2002 and R-Point in 2004.
1. The North of the country
The infinite mountain landscapes have made northern Laos an ideal film set for filmmakers. Visitors who venture into this little-known region never forget its calm and peaceful atmosphere. That inspired Australian director Kim Mordaunt: he shot his film The Rocket, and landscapes are a big part of the film's success. Those for whom the noise and turmoil of big cities are exasperating will find in a stay in northern Laos a return to the calm and serenity they hope for.
2. The island of Done Khone
The island was chosen as the filming location for the movie River in 2015. Done Khone is one of the largest islands in Si Phan Don, and features beautiful country scenery. This image of fishing boats and coconut trees standing upwind gives a peaceful atmosphere to these places. This island will offer you a relaxing stay, where you can enjoy a breath of fresh air after a long exhausting journey.
1. Halong Bay
Halong Bay is not only a UNESCO site but also one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Located on the east coast, in the center of Vietnam, it is perhaps one of the most famous landscapes of this country. Exploring Halong, visitors run the risk of getting lost in its exotic landscapes amidst small islets and hidden cellars. This may be the reason why Halong Bay is on the list of directors. For example, Pan (2015), Indochine (1992) and Kong: Skull Island (2017) were filmed there.
2. Ninh Binh
Located north of the Mekong Delta, Ninh Binh, once the capital of Vietnam, offers visitors many beautiful sites.
Here, nature is all-powerful, between winding water courts and majestic mountains. His simple but impressive beauty has been the subject of many songs and poems, and is also featured in a number of films. We can mention Pan, Kong: Skull Island, The Daughter of the Botanist and Indochine.