SingaporeCrazy Rich Asians
When New York-based economic professor Rachel Chu and her boyfriend Nick Young travel to Singapore for the wedding of Nick's best friend Colin, it turns out that Nick belongs to one of the richest families in the country. Many of the city's landmarks play a major role in the movie (it makes you wonder if the tourism board had a say in the script development).
Here are our top 10 film locations any fan should visit in Singapore.
1. Changi International Airport
Constantly at the top of the list of the best airports in the world, Changi International is the main gateway for travellers coming into the city, including Rachel and Nick who arrive here after their flight from New York and are welcomed by Colin and his fiancee Araminta Lee.
The famed canopy gardens and various other attractions also draw in the locals, as you don't have to pass through any security checkpoints to visit this area.
2. Merlion Park
The official mascot of Singapore depicts a mythical creature, with the head of a lion and the tail of a fish. Rachel and Nick have a brief discussion about their future at the Merlion Park, with the iconic statue in the background.
For Singaporeans, the Merlion is an important symbol representing their country.
This former Catholic convent turned dining centre serves as the wedding church in the movie, where Colin and his fiancee Araminta Lee tie the knot.
The church is open to the public but now serves as a functions hall.
4. Humpback Restaurant
Located in Bukit Pasoh Road (the main drag of Singapore's Chinatown), the Humpback restaurant offers some scrumptious seafood dishes, classic desserts and an impressive cocktail menu. In the movie, it's here that Rachel catches up with her old college roomate Peik Lin.
5. Raffles Hotel
While in town, Rachel and Nick stay in the Presidential Suite of the historic Raffles Hotel. The suite boasts a separate parlour, dining room, living room, dressing area and personal pantry. It also comes with a 24-hour Raffles Butler service.
6. Gardens by the Bay
One of the city's most popular attractions is the location of the movie's wedding reception. Strolling amidst the gigantic pillars of the supertree grove could make you think you were in an alien forest, were it not for the many tourists.
Two massive domes within these pillars, the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest, showcase the world of plants in a climate-controlled environment.
7. Newton Food Centre
The first place Nick takes Rachel after their arrival in Singapore is the Newton food centre. He proudly tells her that it's the only open air streetfood venue where the vendors themselves get Michelin stars. Along with with Nick's friends Colin and Araminta, the four of them eat their way through various delicacies, including satay, sambal stingray and fresh coconut/sugarcane juice.
If you're into Asian streetfood, you'll be spoilt for choice with over 100 different vendors crowding the court. Be aware that Newton is more expensive than other food courts and the hawkers can be quite persistent.
8. Esplanade Park
Rachel and Nick share an intimate moment on the tiered riverfront steps of the Esplanade Park when he proposes to her. Say no more.
9. Ann Siang Hill
The area is a popular nightlife destination, with a myriad of restaurants and bars lining the streets. Nick's mother Eleanor walks down a row of arched shopfronts where she enters a mahjong parlor to meet Rachel.
Ann Siang Hill during the daytime...
And at night.
10. Marina Bay Sands
Easily the most iconic hotel in Singapore, Marina Bay Sands has become a global Instagram star due to its infinity pool perched high above the city - which, unfortunately, is only open to hotel guests.
Useful sources of information for planning your visit:
- Singapore has a great website for travel inspiration and ideas on what else to do whilst you're in the city.
Rachel, a professor, dates a man named Nick and looks forward to meeting his family. However, she is shaken up when she learns that Nick belongs to one of the richest families in the country.
All ten locations are individually marked on the map, together with their street addresses.