Kong: Skull Island

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The Plot

The great King Kong was brought back to life once again in this reboot of the King Kong franchise released in 2017. Kong: Skull Island is the second film in Legendary Entertainment’s MonsterVerse franchise and follows a group of scientists and Vietnam War soldiers travelling to an uncharted island in the Pacific, where they encounter countless terrifying creatures, including the mighty Kong himself. The third film in the MonsterVerse franchise, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, is set for release in 2019, to be followed by a fourth which pits Godzilla against King Kong set for release in 2020; eek!

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Film Released


Gross Box Office

$566.6 million

Filming Locations

Multiple locations in northern Vietnam plus Hawaii and Australia’s Gold Coast

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Landmarks and Locations

  • Tú Làn Caves System, Quảng Bình Province, Vietnam
  • Phong Nha National Park, Tú Làn, Vietnam
  • Honolulu Chinatown, Hawaii
  • Kualoa Ranch and Waikane Valley, O’ahu, Hawaii
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Why You Should Visit

Vietnam is packed with eye-opening, breathtaking sights and landmarks that you simply mustn’t miss if you’re travelling to Southeast Asia. Phong Nha National Park, for example, is home to the largest cave in the world, allowing you to explore the incredible underground world and surrounding landscapes that serve as King Kong’s real home. Releases such as Kong: Skull Island give film fans the chance to experience the amazing on-screen environments for themselves.

Destination Film Facts
  • Did You Know?

    Kong appears larger in this film than in his previous incarnations. This is due to the upcoming Godzilla vs. Kong movie in 2020, in which Kong would’ve been too small to fight Godzilla at his more traditional size. The poignant line “he’s still growing” was also included in the movie for this reason.

  • Did You Know?

    Prior to filming, especially in Australia, the cast was warned that they could be killed. Poisonous plants and animals were prevalent in the shooting locations. They were given a book prior to filming that contained safety information about everything in the area that could potentially kill them.

  • Did You Know?

    Tom Hiddleston was trained by a Navy Seal! Tom’s character, James Conrad, is a former British SAS Special Forces tracker, so it makes sense that he would need some very specific instruction to portray such a man as best he could.