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Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur, India
The former royal summer palace of the Mewar dynasty has developed a new lease of life in more recent years as both a luxury hotel and good backdrop for a movie. India's most romantic hotel, the Lake Palace luxury hotel, has starred in the James Bond film Octopussy, and The Best Exotic Gold Marigold Hotel, The Jewel in the Crown and Bollywood film Yaadein. Thanks to its location on a lake, at least during monsoon season, it makes for a superb film setting. And because its a hotel, a rather exclusive one though, you can actually visit the set. Fans of The Best Exotic Gold Marigold Hotel may also be interested to discover the hotel used in the movie for stars like Maggie Steed and Julie Dench's new home is actually Ravla Khempur, an hour from Udaipur. This equestrian hotel was a former tribal chieftain palace and has the run down but quiet setting required for the movie. Check rates and availability at the Taj Lake Palace on Agoda.com [caption id="attachment_32277" align="aligncenter" width="603" caption="Pic: tajhotels.com"][/caption]
The Peninsula, Hong Kong
This colonial hotel in Kowloon dates back to 1928 and is the flagship property for The Peninsula Hotels group. It has stunning views over Victoria Harbour and the ultimate in luxury and service. It also has a private helipad that was added in 1994. For this reason it was chosen for scenes in the 2007 movie The Dark Knight starring Morgan Freeman and Christopher Bale. Other locations in Hong Kong include Times Square at Causeway Bay and the International Finance Centre. The hotel also featured in the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun. Should you visit look out for the hotel's collection of Rolls Royces. Check rates and availability at The Peninsula on Agoda.com [caption id="attachment_32279" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Pic: WiNG, CC."][/caption]
Raffles Hotel, Singapore
Raffles Hotel in Singapore is a place of legend with many claims to fame - writers and foreign correspondents have hung out here, the Singapore Sling cocktail was invented here, and Queen Elizabeth has stayed along with a slew of other celebrities. The writer W Somerset Maugham was one of these guests and reportedly used the gossip he overheard at Raffles for his own tales. It makes sense then that the hotel, the very symbol of colonial elegance and opulence with chandeliers, grandfather clocks and grand pianos, should have featured in a film. It's actually been in several. Paradise Road starts at Raffles with scenes from an elegant party in 1942 before the fall of Singapore. It also featured in Murakami Ryu's novel that was made into a film titled Raffles Hotel and the 1967 film Pretty Polly. Check rates and availability at Raffles Hotel on Agoda.com [caption id="attachment_32278" align="aligncenter" width="505" caption="Pic: Bjørn Christian Tørrissen, CC."][/caption]
Park Hyatt, Tokyo, Japan
Lost in Translation was filmed almost entirely shot in Tokyo’s Shinjuku and Shibuya districts with classic neon-lit scenes of these entertainment areas. The Park Hyatt itself plays a big role in scenes where the main characters played by Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson stay and meet. Views you may recall include those overlooking Tokyo from their windows, swimming in the sky pool and visiting the incredible New York Bar. The Park Hyatt is posh, luxurious and glamorous and you can still visit without being a paying guest, but there are seating charges that might set you back and opt for the rental cost of viewing the movie instead of the actual location. Check rates and availability at the Park Hyatt on Agoda.com [caption id="attachment_32281" align="alignnone" width="654" caption="Pic: tokyo.park.hyatt.com"][/caption]
lebua at State Tower Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand
Even if The Hangover Part II isn't really your thing it provides a great backdrop for some amazing views over Bangkok. Some of the more memorable scenes were filmed at The Lebua hotel. Scenes in the film include the Tower Club, Sky Bar, open air Sirocco restaurant, the Dome and even The Hangover Suite that can be booked for just US $2200 a night. The hotel even serves a Hangovertini. But if you're at all concerned about the premise for the film, go easy on these. Check rates and availability at lebua on Agoda.com [caption id="attachment_32282" align="aligncenter" width="580" caption="Pic: lebua.com"][/caption] [post_title] => On location: 5 Asian hotels on the silver screen [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => on-location-5-asian-hotels-on-the-silver-screen [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2013-11-24 03:31:28 [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-11-24 03:31:28 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.travelwireasia.com/?p=32276 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )

On location: 5 Asian hotels on the silver screen

On location: 5 Asian hotels on the silver screen
October 17, 2013 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

FROM lake based palaces to neon-lit high rise or colonial elegance, Asia’s hotels have featured prominently on the silver screen. Featuring Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, India and Thailand, these five hotels might be next on your accommodation list. Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur, India The former royal summer palace of the Mewar dynasty has developed a…>

The Chedi Chiang Mai: Urban bliss in Northern Thailand

The Chedi Chiang Mai: Urban bliss in Northern Thailand
September 9, 2013 - 0 Comments - Travel Wire Asia

IF you ask any Chiang Mai resident what is the best hotel in town, you’re only likely to get one answer: The Chedi. Combining outstanding service, cutting edge design and an ideal location, this hotel’s stellar reputation is richly deserved. Chiang Mai has no shortage of top-class hotels, but many of the best ones are…>

Where to find long stay accommodation in Chiang Mai

Where to find long stay accommodation in Chiang Mai
June 7, 2013 - 1 Comments - Travel Wire Asia

CHIANG MAI, Thailand tends to draw ex-pats for the long term, or at least a few months at a time. The warm weather, great food and beautiful surroundings are all major draws, as is the low cost of living. The city is famously affordable when it comes to accommodation, from renting a house for a…>

Ashrams, temples and tranquility: Religious tourism in Asia

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June 4, 2013 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

RELIGIOUS tourism, or faith tourism, is a growing travel market. Holy cities like Mecca, Jerusalem and Varanasi attract huge numbers every year that travel to see various religious sites, while others travel to places for reasons of pilgrimage, as missionaries, for fellowship, to relax, receive teaching or undertake study. According to the World Tourism Organization…>

Chai Lai Orchid: A feel-good retreat in Northern Thailand

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May 16, 2013 - 0 Comments - Casey Hynes

NORTHERN Thailand is in some ways a region of contradictions – the beauty of the area is unparalleled but there are many little-known communities there that suffer due to political circumstances beyond their control. Chai Lai Orchid presents an opportunity for guests to appreciate the beauty of this region of Thailand, and to not only…>

Mandarin Oriental: Old world luxury in the heart of Bangkok

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May 13, 2013 - 0 Comments - Travel Wire Asia

SITUATED on the banks of the Chao Praya river, the Mandarin Oriental is Bangkok’s oldest hotel and many would argue that it is still the best. From the outside it struggles to match up to the newer towering riverside hotels in the area, but once you go through the lobby doors it doesn’t take long…>

Asia’s most unusual swimming pools

Asia’s most unusual swimming pools
May 2, 2013 - 2 Comments - Jo Lane

SEASIDE, sky high, panoramic, scary and with vanishing edges, waves or volcanoes… there’s plenty of reasons these swimming pools made this list. Pack your swimming costume for this pool ride around Asia. Cantilever Indoor Swimming Pool, Shanghai If you’ve got enough pluck to brave this indoor pool, you can enjoy the experience of floating 100…>

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