Vietnamese tourist hotspots appear in Netflix-distributed movie

By Hoang Phong   April 17, 2023 | 02:00 am PT
Ben Thanh Market, the Temple of Literature, and Hoi An Ancient Town are among Vietnamese tourist hotspots that appear in Netflix’s “A Tourist’s Guide to Love” which is set to stream beginning April 21.
Vietnamese tourist hotspots appear in Netflix-distributed movie

The My Son Sanctuary, around 40 kilometers from Hoi An, appears in the movie directed by American film and television director Steven Tsuchida.

The sanctuary is a complex of abandoned and partly ruined Hindu temple towers constructed between the 4th and 14th centuries when the Champa Kingdom reigned.

The My Son cluster is regarded as one of the foremost Hindu temple complexes in Southeast Asia.

Despite being recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999, the site is often overlooked by foreign tourists, unlike nearby Hoi An.

Photo by Dac Thanh

Vietnamese tourist hotspots appear in Netflix-distributed movie

Hoi An, with rows of ancient houses characterized by yellow walls and red titled roofs, appears several times in the movie.

Colorful floating lanterns are also a distinct feature of Hoi An, which hosts the lantern festival on the 14th day of each lunar month, when all the electric lights of the town are switched off.

Photo by Do Anh Vu

Vietnamese tourist hotspots appear in Netflix-distributed movie

The movie also filmed Ben Thanh Market, one of HCMC's long-standing tourism sites.

The 13,000-square-meter market in District 1 was built in 1870 by the French. It operates all year round and is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

The market hosts hundreds of stalls selling clothes, souvenirs, dried food, fruit and many other items; it also features food stalls that serve traditional Vietnamese dishes to locals and tourists.

Photo by Duy Anh

Vietnamese tourist hotspots appear in Netflix-distributed movie

Khue Van Cac, the pavilion inside the Temple of Literature, is lit up at night.

The temple was built in 1070 during the reign of Emperor Ly Thanh Tong in honor of Confucius, whose deep influence on Vietnamese society holds to this day.

In 1076, it became Vietnam's first university.

For many years now, the Temple of Literature has also been a place of worship for hundreds of thousands of students and parents who believe touching the stone stele marking the names of scholars who passed the mandarin exams long, long ago will bring them luck in major exams.

The Temple of Literature has pride of place in Vietnamese history and culture, and is featured on the VND100,000 currency note.

Photo by Le Viet Khanh

Vietnamese tourist hotspots appear in Netflix-distributed movie

The peaceful landscape of Ha Giang in the far northern mountains is introduced in the movie.

Situated around 300 kilometers (186 miles) from Hanoi, Ha Giang has become an increasingly attractive destination not just because of its scenery, but also for the narrow, twisting roads and mountain passes that inspire adventure lovers.

The trailer of "A Tourist's Guide To Love" last month revealed snippets of its plot. After breaking up with her boyfriend, Amanda (played by Rachael Leigh Cook), a travel executive, visits Vietnam to explore its landscapes and traditions.

During the trip, she meets tour guide Sinh (Scott Ly) and changes her itinerary at his suggestion. The two visit several places together, and right at the moment they realize their feelings for each other her ex-boyfriend shows up. Now she has to choose between the two men.

Photo by Nguyen Huu Thong

A trailer of A Tourist's Guide to Love.

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