“Reel” travel: Film-inspired holidays in Asia-Pacific you will love
LAST week, the city of Cannes saw the gathering of Hollywood’s most popular A-listers and respected filmmakers on the red carpet of the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, arguably one of the largest festivals of its kind in the world.
Extensively covered by the media, it is an event for directors, producers, and celebrities to see and be seen, with hopes of winning the highly coveted Palme d’Or, a surefire boost to the distribution and promotion of a film.
This year’s Cannes Film Festival kicked off on May 14 and will run until May 25, with a handful of screenings, press conferences, and networking sessions in between. While the festival is not open to everyone and traveling to Cannes may not be an option, there are some film-inspired holidays you can be a part of without needing a special invitation.
Here is a list of holiday ideas inspired by blockbuster hits and award winners:
Mission Impossible: Fallout (Queenstown, New Zealand)
If you fancy playing action hero for a day or two, head to Queenstown, New Zealand, where Mission Impossible: Fallout filmed its helicopter action sequence. Take your own helicopter ride and indulge in New Zealand’s other extreme sports, from bungee jumping to heli-skiing.
Alternatively, put on your hiking shoes and head out to enjoy Queenstown’s lush nature. From alpine lakes to valleys filled with flowers, the tracks around Queenstown offer views, good hill walking, and plenty of chances to picnic along the way.
Crazy Rich Asians (Singapore)
The rom-com of 2018 has travelers going crazy for Singapore. The film captured multiple locations across Singapore, from the famous Gardens by the Bay to the food hawker stalls at Newton Food Centre, which lends itself to a pretty full itinerary for travelers keen to explore the Lion City.
After a day of exploration, be sure to hit up the bars and restaurants at CHIJMES (Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus Middle Education School) is a heritage Gothic-styled building where the fictional First Methodist Church wedding of Colin Khoo and Araminta Lee took place.
Crazy Rich Asians (Malaysia)
Located some 30 kilometers off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia, Langkawi (the Jewel of Kedah) an archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea. The cast of Crazy Rich Asians trekked to the exotic island during the production of the film, presumably to shoot scenes from Amarinta Lee’s “bloody” bachelorette party.
Not too far away from Langkawi is the island of Penang, where the major mahjong scene in the movie was shot. Also known as The Blue Mansion, the striking Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion is one of the most iconic boutique heritage hotel in historic George Town, Penang.
Black Panther (Busan, South Korea)
The Marvel flick had its epic casino fight and car-chase scenes take place in Busan, Korea, a city that’s arguably more beautiful at night than during the day. Though the glamorous underground casino does not exist in real life, you can pretend otherwise at one of Busan’s swanky cocktail lounges or nightclubs.
During the day, check out Busan’s beaches, hot springs, temples, and shrines – local gems that did not quite make the cut for the film.