The northern province of Ninh Binh has been named among the 12 "coolest movie filming locations" in Asia, according to U.S. magazine Travel+Leisure.

The magazine published a list of 12 impressive tourist destinations in Asia that have appeared in a number of classics, blockbusters and beloved films in the region.

According to Travel+Leisure, the Ninh Binh area is known as the inland cousin of Ha Long Bay.

The Trang An area where scenes were shot is listed as part of a UNESCO World Heritage area, which has several unique Buddhist pagodas and temples, the magazine noted.

Some of the pagodas are very famous, for example Bai Dinh pagoda, Bich Dong pagoda, Duyen Ninh pagoda and Non Nuoc pagoda.

Ninh Binh was overlooked by foreign tourists for years until "Kong: Skull Island" was filmed there, giving it a global reputation./.