I can’t count how many times I’ve been to Halong Bay and Ninh Binh, so seeing these locales finally get their dues in the new King Kong film is pretty exciting. The movie looks beautiful, and I’m sure the landscapes they’ve used in northern Vietnam give the film that much more of an otherworldly quality. It’s a magical country, and if there ever was a 100-foot monster ape traipsing about in this world, I guess it could do worse than living amongst the limestone karsts and winding waterways of Trang An grottoes and the Gulf of Tonkin. So here’s to King Kong and Skull Island and northern Vietnam. Just seeing the previews makes me want to head back.