At this point, it's safe to say that if you haven't already seen Crazy Rich Asians, you're hearing major buzz about it. The film, which came out on Aug. 15, is based on a best-selling book of the same name by Kevin Kwan. The buzz surrounding it is well-deserved: Not only is the movie the first American film in two decades to star an all-Asian cast, but it's also one of the most well-written, well-produced, fun romantic comedies ever released. The story, for those who aren't familiar, follows a Chinese-American woman from New York, Rachel Chu, who discovers that the man she's been dating for about a year, Nick Young, is actually part of the wealthiest family in Singapore. During a vacation from her role as an Economics professor at NYU, she travels with him to Singapore to attend his best friend's wedding — only to encounter his, well, "crazy rich" family, including Nick's mother Eleanor, who does not approve of Rachel dating Nick. As you can imagine, the film showcases some pretty amazing spots in Singapore, and there are even some Crazy Rich Asians Singapore filming locations that you can visit in real life.
While the cast and the story are basically perfection, one of the best things about the movie is the opportunity to learn more about Singapore. The country is a gorgeous destination, like a glamorous dream world full of bucket list-worthy sights to see.
Watching the movie or reading the book will definitely make you want to plan a trip to Singapore ASAP — and if you do that, you need to visit the below destinations to pay homage to what is undoubtedly one of the best films of 2018.
One of the first places Nick takes Rachel to in Singapore is this open air food court, which he tells her is the only place where street food vendors actually get Michelin stars. It's also where she first meets his friends Araminta and Colin, with no idea about the wedding that's about to come.
While there are many different hawker centers throughout Singapore, Rachel and Nick go to Newton Food Centre. Stop by to get dishes like hokkien mee (a mix of egg and rice noodles with egg, pork and shrimp), satay, chili crab, Hainanese chicken rice, and more. There are more than 100 food stalls in the market, meaning that you have plenty of options to choose from, no matter what you're in the mood for.
Nick's best friend Colin holds his wedding to Araminta at CHIJMES, which is a heritage building that was first built as a Catholic convent in 1852. It's a beautiful spot, although it's no longer really used as a convent: it's a major shopping and dining center (there is still a Gothic-style chapel that works as a function hall if you want to take a look). Inside, you'll find restaurants, cafes, salons, bars, and a beautiful courtyard to explore. You can grab lunch, dinner, or a snack (or all three!) and hang out there for a while even if you're not attending a spectacular wedding.
Gardens By The Bay
Easily recognizable as the reception venue for Colin and Araminta's big wedding in the film, Gardens By The Bay is a beautiful waterfront garden installation with temperature-controlled domes that house thousands of plants and trees from all around the world. If you're interested in nature, like flowers and greenery, this is the place to be as there are more than 1,500,000 plants there. You can walk through to find a waterfall, lakes, and so much more, like the Flower Dome, which is an Instagram dream come true. There are also restaurants (like a McDonald's) and event spaces.
A trip to Gardens By The Bay is worth it for a glimpse of the Supertrees alone, which are man-made tree sculptures covered in plants. There are also various events that go on throughout the year to take part in.
If you want to get away from the city of Singapore and explore a tropical oasis, then head to Sentosa Island. This is where Colin's bachelor party was (after they left that giant party boat), and yes, it's paradise. Though it's technically not on the island of Singapore, the popular small island is easily accessible.
The island features some of the best beaches in Singapore, amusement parks like Universal Studios, the Singapore Butterfly and Insect Kingdom, and an aquarium. You can catch a ride on the Sentosa Skyline Luge & Skyride to really get a glimpse of the entire island, which you'll absolutely want to do.
Marina Bay Sands
I don't want to spoil the scene that this gorgeous location takes place in, but I will say, it's a big one involving Nick and Rachel. The Marina Bay Sands, which is one of the most iconic landmarks in Singapore, is a huge integrated resort that includes a luxury hotel and the world's highest and largest infinity pool, which you've almost definitely seen photos of on Instagram. It's called Sands Skypark, and while you have to be a hotel guest to enjoy the gorgeous pool, anyone can check out the observation deck for some beautiful views.
Oh, and you can shop there, too, if you want a taste of the luxury lifestyle the people in the story have. There's even the ArtScience Museum if you want some culture.
Raffles Singapore Hotel
Rachel and Nick stay in the beautiful Presidential Suite at the Raffles hotel in Singapore, which is a luxury accommodation you won't want to miss. If you're able to spend the money to stay in one of the fantastic suites, it will be an experience you won't soon forget. The hotel features different restaurants, a luxurious spa, and beautiful gardens and walkways all over the property. It just recently reopened in 2019 after renovations, so you can expect everything to be pretty much perfect.
Humpback restaurant is one spot where Rachel has a heart-to-heart with her old college roommate friend Peik Lin, but it's also just a really a great place to visit in general. It's located in Singapore's Chinatown, on Bukit Pasoh Road. Humpback features a menu full of fresh seafood, as well as desserts like fresh banana cake and an impressive cocktail menu that's ideal for their happy hour. It's also located right in the middle of the city, so after gorging on a delicious meal, you can wander around to shop and sightsee.
The merlion is a mythical creature that consists of a lion's head and a fish's body, and it's the official symbol of Singapore. In the film, Rachel and Nick have an important conversation in Merlion Park, which features a 30-foot sculpture of the merlion — definitely a sight worth seeing. Merlion Park also features gorgeous views of Marina Bay, as well as the perfect photo op. If you want to take advantage of the location, head out on a river cruise on a restored bumboat to see lots of famous attractions on the Singapore River.
Four Seasons Resort Langkawi In Malaysia
This beautiful hotel is where Araminta's bachelorette party is held (in the film, she says it's her family's resort, but this is the place it was filmed), and although it's not in Singapore, it's only a stone's throw away in Malaysia. Located in a tropical rainforest, the Four Seasons Langkawi offers gorgeous views, luxury accommodations, a spot on the Andaman Sea, and a truly wonderful spa. Hopefully you have a much better time there than Rachel ever did, and we're pretty confident that you will. The resort is stunning, and you'll have ample time to relax with a cocktail in your hand on the beach.
Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion In Malaysia
If you head into Malaysia, be sure to visit the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, which stands in as the Mahjong parlor where Rachel and Eleanor have an epically heated conversation in the movie. In real life, it's actually a hotel with a lot of history attached to it. Cheong Fatt Tze's Blue Mansion was built before the end of the 19th century, and is one of the most iconic hotels in Malaysia - it even won the prestigious UNESCO Conservation & Heritage Award. There's gorgeous architecture, restaurants, outdoor dining, and guided mansion tours that give you a glimpse into the history behind the place. The
Tyersall Park In Malaysia
In Crazy Rich Asians, Nick's grandmother lives in a giant mansion in Singapore that's surrounded by tons of acres of rolling hills and beautiful gardens, seemingly in the middle of nowhere. However, the mansion and surrounding park in the film is actually located in Malaysia at Tyersall Park, which is where the scenes at the Young family mansion were filmed. The land is actually owned by Malaysian royalty and is worth over $3.5 billion.
Ann Siang Hill
You may recognize Ann Siang Hill as the beautiful street that Eleanor strolls along while she's on her way to meet Rachel at a Mahjong parlor. In real life, the street is just as gorgeous as it is in the film: Old and colorful houses have been restored and turned into restaurants and boutiques, and I have no doubt that you'd probably be able wander around for hours if you wanted to. Aside from shopping, you'll want to eat basically everything: the street and surrounding area are known for their amazing restaurants and bars, and there is something for everyone.