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'Crazy Rich Asians' Locations You Can Visit In Real Life

HuffPost logo HuffPost 6 days ago Caroline Bologna

This has been the summer of Crazy Rich Asians. Everyone seems to be reading Kevin Kwan’s best-selling novel in anticipation of the film adaptation, which is set to hit theatres on Aug. 15. 

While the characters are fictional, most of the places they visit in the book are real. From popular Singapore attractions to gorgeous vacation spots, there are many destinations you can visit in person. (Sadly, the Wendy’s on Orchard Road where Astrid threw a Frosty in Charlie’s face appears to have closed, and your budget may be a limiting factor when it comes to many of the other spots.)

Without further ado, here are 35 real-life locations mentioned in Kwan’s book, including a few that will appear in the movie as well. Warning: Spoilers abound. 

1. Marina Bay Sands
a large body of water with Marina Bay Sands in the dark © bennymarty via Getty Images

In the book, Nick takes Rachel, Peik Lin and Kerry to the SkyBar at Marina Bay Sands to drink Singapore Slings — gin-based cocktails. From the trailer, it's clear the iconic resort will feature in the movie as well.

2. Raffles Hotel
a large white building with Raffles Hotel in the background © ronniechua via Getty Images

Peik Lin wants to take Rachel and Kerry to the Raffles Hotel, where the Singapore Sling was invented, but Nick deems it "too touristy."

3. Lau Pa Sat
a group of people in a room © Nicky Loh/Bloomberg via Getty Images

On Rachel's first night in Singapore, she goes to Lau Pa Sat for satay with Nick, Colin and Araminta. Lau Pa Sat is one of Singapore's famous hawker centers, dining complexes filled with food stalls selling inexpensive delicacies.

4. Fort Canning Park
a tree in front of a stone building © CharlieTong via Getty Images

Colin and Araminta's wedding reception takes place in Singapore's Fort Canning Park, where Nick shows Rachel his old hideout in the gatehouse.

5. Sentosa Cove
a large body of water with a city in the background © Darren Soh/Bloomberg via Getty Images

After Rachel breaks up with Nick, he hides out at Colin's place in Sentosa Cove, a residential enclave on Sentosa Island.

6. Peranakan Houses
a large white building © zhnger via Getty Images

While traveling through Asia, Rachel sees Peranakan terrace houses (à la the ones pictured above on Joo Chiat Road in Singapore). The book also mentions that Astrid owns a row of historic Peranakan shop houses on Singapore's Emerald Hill.

7. Keppel Shipyard
a large ship in a body of water © Munshi Ahmed/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Colin and Araminta's wedding guests gather in a warehouse in the Keppel Shipyard in Singapore to board a ferry for the dinner reception on a private island.

8. The Padang
a view of a city © TommL via Getty Images

Astrid's husband, Michael, recalls playing soccer every week as a teenager at the Padang, an open field in Singapore's downtown historical center.

9. Orchard Road
a view of a large building © sirastock via Getty Images

Peik Lin shows Rachel Orchard Road and describes it as Singapore's "version of Fifth Avenue."

10. MacRitchie Reservoir
a bridge over a body of water © Albert photo via Getty Images

Nick recalls taking long walks with his father around the MacRitchie Reservoir at dusk while growing up.

11. Smith Street
a store inside of Leadenhall Market © Bloomberg via Getty Images

At the end of the book, Nick suggests Rachel, Kerry and Peik Lin go to Chinatown's food market on Smith Street in Singapore, but Peik Lin complains it will be too crowded. Nick also recalls "hunting for kueh tutu" — a traditional delicacy — in Chinatown in his younger years.

12. The Paragon
a group of people performing on stage in front of a building © Munshi Ahmed/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Astrid enjoys buying jewelry at the fictional Stephen Chia Jewels in the real-life Paragon shopping center on Orchard Road.

13. Old Airport Road Food Centre
a person standing in front of a store © Bloomberg via Getty Images

Nick also takes Rachel to the Old Airport Road Food Centre in Singapore. 

14. Lucky Plaza
the inside of a building © Piecework Productions via Getty Images

Eleanor insists the best place to get rojak (a traditional fruit and vegetable salad dish) in Singapore is a stall on the top floor of Lucky Plaza, a shopping center on Orchard Road.

15. Changi Airport
a building with palm trees in the background © TommL via Getty Images

When she arrives at Singapore's Changi Airport, Rachel says she feels like she's "at some upscale tropical resort."

16. Newton Food Centre
a group of lawn chairs sitting on top of a building © Peter Bischoff via Getty Images

Before the group settles on Lau Pa Sat, Nick mentions liking the satay at Newton Food Centre, but Colin insists Newton is "only for expats and tourists." In the movie adaptation, however, it seems the group chooses Newton. 

17. Uluru
a field with a mountain in the background © simonbradfield via Getty Images

Nick, Colin, Alistair, Mehmet and Lionel escape the Macau bachelor party to relax in Australia's Northern Territory. They drink flat whites while gazing at Uluru, aka Ayers Rock, a massive sandstone monolith.

18. Watsons Bay
a rocky island in the middle of a body of water © Warwick Kent via Getty Images

Nick's father goes fishing in Watsons Bay in Sydney, Australia.

19. Hvar
a large body of water with a city in the background © Dreamer4787 via Getty Images

Colin and Araminta go to the Croatian island of Hvar for their honeymoon. 

20. Cameron Highlands
a close up of a lush green hillside © sitriel via Getty Images

Nick plans to propose to Rachel in the Cameron Highlands in Malaysia.

21. Christ Church Malacca
a large red brick tower with a clock on the side of a building © ojogabonitoo via Getty Images

While driving to the Cameron Highlands, Nick and Rachel stop in the town of Malacca to see the "distinctive crimson-hued facade of Christ Church, built by the Dutch."

22. The Lakehouse
a group of people standing on a lush green field © Walter Bibikow via Getty Images

After the disastrous encounter with his mother and grandmother in the Cameron Highlands, Nick books Rachel a room at The Lakehouse, a Tudor-style hotel in the "Valley of Eternal Spring."

23. Repulse Bay
a bridge over a body of water © @ Didier Marti via Getty Images

Astrid takes a speedboat through Repulse Bay in Hong Kong to meet Charlie on a three-masted Chinese junk.

24. Lantau Island
a man standing in front of a mountain © yuliang11 via Getty Images

While sailing in Hong Kong, Charlie and Astrid pass Lantau Island, and Charlie bows at the bronze "Big Buddha" statue.

25. Aberdeen Harbour
a view of a city next to a body of water © king1robert via Getty Images

Eddie keeps a 64-foot yacht called Kaiser at Aberdeen Marina in Hong Kong.

26. Lung King Heen
a kitchen with a dining table © Paul Yeung/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Kitty and Alistair run into Serena Oh at Lung King Heen, a three-Michelin-star restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong.

27. The Landmark
a group of people in a room © Bobby Yip / Reuters

Astrid walks through the Landmark shopping mall in Hong Kong on her way to Charlie's office.

28. Wynn Macau
© Wibowo Rusli via Getty Images

Bernard books a penthouse suite at the sumptuous Wynn Macau for Colin's bachelor party in the south coast of China.

29. Shenzhen
a large body of water with a city in the background © LIAO XUN via Getty Images

Eleanor and her friends travel to the Chinese city of Shenzhen to shop and do some digging into Rachel's past.

30. Four Seasons Hotel, George V
a large building with many windows © Stephane Mahe / Reuters

Astrid and Charlie stayed together at the Hotel George V (now the Four Seasons Hotel, George V) in Paris in 1995.

31. Mariage Frères
© Tuul & Bruno Morandi via Getty Images

Astrid remembers her time in Paris with Charlie, during which they had lunch at the luxury tea house Mariage Frères.

32. Le Grand Véfour
a group of people in a room © LIONEL BONAVENTURE via Getty Images

During their time in Paris, Astrid and Charlie dined at Le Grand Véfour.

33. Post Ranch Inn
a building with a mountain in the background © Holger Leue via Getty Images

Peik Lin used to take Rachel out to eat at the luxurious Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur, California, during their years at Stanford.

34. Washington Square Park
a large stone statue in front of Porte du Peyrou © Leonid Andronov via Getty Images

Rachel and Nick walk through Washington Square Park on their first date in New York City.

35. Tea & Sympathy
a bench in front of a store © Barcroft via Getty Images

Nick invites Rachel to spend the summer in Asia over afternoon tea at Tea & Sympathy in the West Village in New York.

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