If you or your other half are movie lovers, why not add a little movie-magic when planning your upcoming honeymoon? After all that wedding planning stress, enjoy a fun adventure that will help you re-live your favorite films! From old classics to some of the new releases, here’s 5 honeymoon spots in Asia that will definitely get you excited about your honeymoon journey:
1. Perfume River, Vietnam
Movie: Indochine (1992)
Setting: Indochine opens with a funeral procession of boats on Hue’s storied Perfume River. The movie checks in at a number of locations in Vietnam, including Halong Bay, but spends a fair bit of time in Hue. A wedding scene takes place in the funereal palace of Emperor Dong Khan. Another scene between Catherine Deneuve and her on-screen daughter takes place in a pavillion on a lake in the funereal city of Emperor Tu Duc.
Hotel Recommendation: La Residence Hotel & Spa
Why La Residence Hotel & Spa: One of Vietnam’s most acclaimed hotels, La Residence was built in 1930, completely refurbished in 2006 and evokes the age-old charm of Indochine. Its art deco aesthetics reference the glory of another era, and its Perfume River-front setting makes you feel as if you yourself are on location.
Photo Credit: La Residence Hotel & Spa
2. Colombo, Sri Lanka
Movies: Tarzan, the Ape Man (1981), Elephant Walk (1954), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
Setting: Both as a backdrop and as a place of respite post-filming, Galle Face Hotel has hosted many a star over the last century and a half. In the ‘50s Vivien Leigh, who starred in Elephant Walk prior to Elizabeth Taylor taking over the role, stayed at the hotel during filming. Bo Derek also stayed during the shooting of Tarzan, the Ape Man in the ‘80s. In the same decade Harrison Ford was a guest when Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom was filmed on the island. Visitors can revel in their tales and others in the iconic hotel’s history tours or at the on-site museum
Hotel Recommendation: Galle Face Hotel
Why Galle Face Hotel: The Galle Face Hotel is over a century and a half old, having opened in 1864. In late 2015, the hotel emerged from a 30-month restoration that brought the rooms and suites, restaurants and bars, and lobby and ballrooms of the North Wing back to their original grandeur. The guest list reads like the who's who of history with royalty, famous actors, heads of state, and sporting heroes having stayed there over the years.
Photo Credit: Galle Face Hotel
3. Bangkok, Thailand
Movie/s: The King and I (1956) and Anna and the King (1999)
Location: Louis Thomas Leonowens first came to Bangkok as a child in 1862, spending five years of his youth as a resident in Thailand’s Royal Palace with his mother Anna Leonowens. Anna’s tales have made it onto the screen twice. First in 1956 in The King and I and later in Anna and the King (1999). Anna taught King Mongkut’s children for five years until 1867 and the blackboard she used for her lessons still stands at Bangkok’s Grand Palace, a sprawling complex of dazzling golden spires and intricately-carved traditional temples. Louis later became the proprietor of the city’s iconic The Mandarin Oriental hotel.
Hotel Recommendations: The Mandarin Oriental Bangkok and the Grand Palace
Why Louis T Collection: Louis is the inspiration behind hospitality and building solutions company Louis T Collection, which has a strong presence in what was then Siam. Louis T’s co-founder Adam Simkins believes visitors can relive the life and times of the movies by visiting the Grand Palace and The Mandarin Oriental Bangkok.
Photo Credit: The Grand Palace
4. Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Movie: The Quiet American (1958, 2002)
Setting: Producers of the original Audie Murphy film and the later Michael Caine version each filmed their story of a naive American operative and a jaded British correspondent in Saigon. Like the Grahame Greene novel it’s based on, the story jumps around the country from Ninh Binh to Hanoi, but the story’s action largely plays out in a city once known as the Pearl of the Orient.
Hotel Recommendation: The Reverie Saigon
Why The Reverie Saigon: One of just seven Asian hotels on last year’s Condé Nast Traveler Hot List, the Reverie Saigon occupies a location that is directly across the street from the building where Graham Greene lived in the early 1950s. Its ground-floor café, known as The Long @ Times Square is the next best thing to the sidewalk café favored by characters in the movie.
Photo Credit: The Reverie Saigon, Matthew Shaw
5. Taipei, Taiwan
Movie: Eat, Drink, Man, Woman (1994)
Setting: The opening scene of Taiwanese director’s food film Eat, Drink, Man, Woman shows widowed Chef Chu masterfully preparing an elaborate Sunday dinner for his three daughters. The role of food and how the characters communicate through it spans from Taiwanese fast food through to the dying art of traditional Chinese cuisine. The level of detail that Ang Lee deploys for authenticity is remarkable. One hundred dishes appear in the film, specifically prepared for the screen with food consultant expert, Lin Huei Yi. She also coached the actors on the physical preparation of the dishes with choreography devised to mimic traditional chefs’ movements.
Hotel Recommendation: Grand Hyatt Taipei
Why Grand Hyatt Taipei: Food is still very much a national preoccupation in Taiwan today. The Grand Hyatt Taipei remains true to its cultural roots with no less than nine F&B outlets, which (perhaps somewhat unusually for hotel restaurants) are always packed with local as well as foreign guests. The hotel’s new Chinese fine-dining venue, Yun Jin, even serves many of the Taiwanese delicacies that are depicted in Ang Lee’s film, including poached river sea bass with pickled vegetables and dried chilies, and braised pork belly with homemade fermented wine sauce.
Photo Credit: Grand Hyatt Taipei