Set to be one of the hottest releases of the year, Crazy Rich Asians hits the big screen from 14 September. Following Chinese-American Rachel (Constance Wu) as she accompanies her boyfriend Nick (Henry Golding) to Singapore for a family wedding, the film takes in the dazzling beauty of Singapore and Malaysia. The film is already historic, being the first mainstream Hollywood release with an all-Asian cast for two decades, and is sure to top many ‘Best of 2018’ lists.
With so many fantastic destinations on show in the film, we’re sure it won’t be long before you’re inspired to take your own Asian adventure to Singapore and Malaysia. Read on to discover some of the top sites you’ll spot in the cinema…
The first place you’ll see upon arrival on your Singapore holiday is incredibly clean, beautiful and stylish – setting the tone for the rest of your visit. As well as an incredible array of eateries, a staggering choice of shops and plenty of spots to relax, just some of the unbelievable facilities here include a butterfly garden, a huge art collection, a cinema and a swimming pool!
Newton Food Centre
A highlight of any holiday to this part of the world is undoubtedly the food. Singapore street food is world-renowned, and for good reason; there’s no way to make it through the scene in which Rachel and Nick visit the hawker centre without your stomach rumbling! Newton Food Centre is the real-life setting, and the food on offer here reflects Malaysia’s melting pot culture – you’ll be able to sample Malay, Indian and Chinese delicacies, alongside plenty more besides.
Four Seasons Resort Langkawi
In the film, Araminta (Sonoya Mizuno) has a wild and extravagant bachelorette party at a plush hotel. The luxurious Four Seasons Resort Langkawi stood in as the filming location, though real-life guests can enjoy a much more laidback, soothing and altogether relaxing stay here, if they wish. As well as tranquil gardens and an amazing spa, there’s plenty available to keep active visitors entertained – rock-climbing, equestrian excursions and archery are just some of the activities on offer. Villas and Pavilions are ensconced amongst beautiful greenery or superbly located on the beach.
Gardens by the Bay
One of Singapore’s most photogenic locations, it was never in doubt that the superlative Gardens by the Bay would feature in Crazy Rich Asians. Visit the gardens at night for a truly mesmerising experience; each night between 7.45 and 8.45 an amazing light and music show takes place. The Supertrees in the Bay South garden range between 25 and 50m tall, and make for a breathtaking sight.
This beautiful building is an iconic landmark in Singapore and one of the world’s most renowned hotels. Currently being renovated, Raffles Singapore is due to reopen in 2019, so get in touch with an Inspiring Travel Specialist to be amongst the first guests following in Rachel and Nick’s footsteps. No visit here would be complete without sampling a Singapore Sling in the Long Bar – the location where this quintessential cocktail was first created!
You’ll be hard-pressed to find a setting more idyllic and picturesque than Langkawi. The archipelago is made up of 99 islands and features truly sensational natural landscapes – think white sand beaches, turquoise water, dramatic cliff-faces and dense, lush rainforest. Though the islands remain relatively undiscovered, we’d recommend visiting before their secret gets out too much, as we’re sure this won’t be their last starring role on the big screen! Langkawi is part of the UNESCO Global Geoparks programme, which protects and manages sites of particular geological importance.
Inspired to recreate some of the film’s most memorable scenes for yourself? We specialise in bespoke, personalised holidays around the world; for a tailor-made quote for a holiday to Singapore and Malaysia, get in touch with our team on 01244 355 600 or make an enquiry here.