The silver screen has immortalised many destinations across the globe, from the lost island paradise in The Beach to the iconic bridge from the World War II classic - The Bridge on the River Kwai.
With Oscars buz z in the air, what better reason to add a destination to your wishlist than to visit some of the unique and iconic places that have inspired filmmakers and movie-goers for decades!
Here are our top 5 iconic movie destinations:
1. Gorillas in the Mist – Rwanda
Academy Award nominated film Gorillas in the Mist, highlighted the plight of the endangered mountain gorillas of Rwanda. The stunning and evocative scenes of scientist Dian Fossey’s (Sigourney Weaver) moving encounters with the gorillas in the misty jungles of Rwanda are some of the most spine-tingling the silver screen has seen.
You’ll see why if you ever get the once in a lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal with these magnificent and endangered giants of the misty Rwandan mountains. There’s nothing quite like standing metres away from a 6ft silver back as he pounds his chest or looking into the knowing eyes of a mother gorilla as she nurses her baby. An encounter with the Rwandan mountain gorillas has been described by many as a life-changing experience.
See it yourself with Peregrine: Mountain Gorillas of Rwanda
2. The Grapes of Wrath – Route 66, USA
From the mountain gorillas of Africa to North America’s historic and celebrated Route 66.
“The Mother Road” as it’s affectionately known is rich with silver screen history, its landmarks appearing as backdrops in literally hundreds of films. The Grapes of Wrath, the movie based on John Steinbeck’s classic American novel is one such film that follows The Joad family, as they migrate West along Route 66 in search of work.
Highway 66 was the first paved highway linking America from east (Chicago) to west (Los Angeles). Taking in so many iconic places such as St Louis, Oklahoma City, Santa Fe the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas, Route 66 was originally a major path for those who, like the Joads of The Grapes of Wrath, migrated west during the infamous ‘Dust Bowl’ drought of the 1930s.
Travelling Route 66 is the ultimate road trip and all-American adventure!
See it yourself with Peregrine: Historic Route 66
3. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Angkor Wat, the remarkable 203 acre temple complex at Angkor, Cambodia, was famously featured in the Hollywood blockbuster Lara Croft: Tomb Raider starring Angelina Jolie as an adventurous archaeologist in search of ancient relics.
The awe-inspiring complex with its intricate decorative stone carvings was built for the king Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as his state temple and is now a World Heritage Site. A walk in Lara Croft’s footsteps around the magical and mysterious temples of Angkor Wat is truly spell binding. Add it to your bucket list now!
See it yourself with Peregrine: Angkor & Mekong
4. Bridge on the River Kwai – Kanchanaburi, Thailand
The city of Kanchanburi in western Thailand is best known for its infamous World War II history. It was here that forced labourers and allied POWs, built the Burma Railway, constructing a bridge over the River Kwai, an event immortalised in the epic World War II drama Bridge on the River Kwai. Almost half of the prisoners working on the Thai-Burma Railway died as a result of disease, maltreatment or accident, a staggering statistic which earned the railway its ominous name, ‘The Death Railway’.
Kanchanburi is rich with WWII-Burma Railway points of interest not least of which is the iconic bridge itself along with a memorial, a war cemetery, the Thailand-Burma Railway Museum and the JEATH War Museum.
A sobering but not to be missed stop on the Thai-Burma trail.
See it yourself with Peregrine: The Eastern & Orient Express: Bangkok to Singapore
5. Room with a View – Florence, Italy
Florence is synonymous with art, architecture, fashion…and film. And no film quite as much as Room With a View, the classic Academy Award winning period drama in which the ‘view’ referred to in the movie’s title is of none other than the magical, romantic city of Florence with its iconic Duomo Cathedral.
Twenty-five years on and the 'view’ is just as inspiring and magical – Florence is truly one of those cities where time seems to stand still and magic seems to happen at every turn!