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Paradise Suites Hotel is the very first luxury boutique hotel on the shores of Halong Bay.
It aims at extending the enchantment and humble majesty of the mythical seascape
inland. Even if Paradise Suites Hotel’s guests are staying on land,

Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts Revisits Home of Kong: Skull Island

He’s massive, he’s monstrous, and he’s here. No, we’re not talking about King Kong. We’re talking about its latest creator, Hollywood director Jordan Vogt-Roberts who just recently paid a visit to Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi capital for the opening premiere of Kong: Skull Island, and to world heritage Ha Long Bay, where he traveled with online media channel Kenh14, Suboi, and Paradise Cruises.

The director was definitely not ready to leave Vietnam without going back to Ha Long Bay, home of Skull Island, to revisit the filming locations where they shot a lot of the scenes in the movie and to visit old friends he’s made from Paradise Cruises & Hotels, where him and his team stayed for weeks to film on the bay in March last year.

Finally, after all the press trips, networking, and late-night events he attended during his first few days back in Vietnam, he was able to arrange a short but rather slow paced trip to Ha Long Bay, this time only with a few new friends including Vietnam’s most influential female rapper Suboi. Here, the director-rapper duo shared their feelings about being in Ha Long Bay and why they think it’s regarded as one of the most amazing places on earth.

The director then shared a few insights about how and why he ended up shooting Kong: Skull Island in Ha Long Bay.

“When I first came here, I immediately fell in love and told myself that it was my purpose to shoot the film here in Ha Long Bay. The place is really special and marvelous. Each location has its distinct view, which makes it enchanting and phenomenal,” the director told the group. “Kong has received a lot of compliments for its magnificent landscapes thanks to your country. Vietnam makes my movies that stunning!” he adds.

With the premiere of Kong: Skull Island on March 10, Vietnam seemed to be the most enthusiastic with the Hollywood film, breaking box office records in the country as tickets sales skyrocketed to US$792,300 on its opening day and even travel companies creating a complete Kong: Skull Island tour package; A few significant events that led the country’s Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism to officially appoint the young American director as Vietnam’s national tourism ambassador for the 2017-2020 tenure.

Now, Jordan’s appointment and love for Vietnam has prompted him to the idea of selling his residence back in Los Angeles, where he’s currently based, and will relocate to Ho Chi Minh City soon where he’ll start working on his duties as tourism ambassador and at the same time continue his Hollywood filming career mashing it up with the country’s local artists.

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