Always wanted to explore destinations seen on the silver screen, hot on the trail of your favorite hero or leading lady? Enchanting Travels share some top picks where you can vacation in exotic movie locations!
The location: Kanchanaburi
The film: The Bridge on the River Kwai, 1957
The cast: Alec Guinness, William Holden
Considered to be one of the greatest films of all time (winning seven Academy Awards) with a screenplay based on a fictional novel, the story takes inspiration from the construction of the Burma Railway during World War II.
Thousands of soldiers lost their lives and many are still buried on a nearby site.
Actually filmed in Kitulgala, Sri Lanka, where the bridge was reconstructed for the famous blow up scene, the movie was appraised as culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.
Well worth a visit for both its historical importance and surroundings of stunning nature.
The location: Angkor Wat, Siem Reap
The film: Lara Croft Tomb Raider, 2001
The cast: Angelina Jolie, Jon Voight, Daniel Craig
Angkor Wat being one of the most iconic sites in the world, the inclusion of this release of questionable taste may appear unlikely, but have you heard of Ta Prohm temple?
Yeah, we didn’t think so.
The building covered in huge tree roots is certainly familiar through images, but most, especially those having visited, refer to it as Tomb Raider temple.
A latex clad, hot pant donning Angelina Jolie will have sent some pulses racing, but nothing compares to the natural beauty of Angkor Wat, its history and impressive surroundings.
The location: Udaipur, Rajasthan
The film: Octopussy, 1983
The cast: Roger Moore, Maud Adams
Traveling via the Taj Mahal in Agra to regal Rajasthan, in a manner only Bond can (at least not crossing the border from Russia directly into Austria this time, ahem), various stunning Udaipur palaces make an appearance.
Octopussy’s residence is perhaps the most romantic and as luck would have it, the very rooms she snuggled up to Bond can be yours.
The majestic building on scenic Lake Pichola is now the Taj Lake Palace hotel.
Just one question remains – who is your favourite Bond? Sean Connery all the way?
The location: Cape Town
The film: Blood Diamond, 2006
The cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly, Djimon Hounsou
Mostly set in the hostile environs of Sierra Leone during the Civil War in the late 1990s, the political thriller’s lead character, DiCaprio, travels to Cape Town, a place that needs little introduction with its world famous landmark rising high above it.
The city virtually clings to the slopes of Table Mountain and Lion’s Head and its stunning beaches, ragged mountain peaks, delicious wines and friendly people make it a firm favourite with holidaymakers.
The film’s ending concludes in Kimberley, South Africa where the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme was developed, trying to minimize trade in blood diamonds.
The location: La Plata, Mendoza Province
The film: Seven Years in Tibet, 1997
The cast: Brad Pitt
Well, well, well, if that isn’t a little fibbing Hollywood style! What is meant to be Tibet, is actually the Andes on the Argentina and Chilean border, posing as the Himalayas (job done well, by the way).
Perhaps producers thought ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ 1995 aka Brad Pitt would distract at least the female part of the audience, but geography buffs (and naturally, us Enchanters) could not be fooled by his pretty face.
Regardless, a beautiful movie set in some of the most captivating scenery on the planet with vistas you will not tire of.
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