We find inspirations everywhere in the books we read and the movies we love. Many of us decided to spend their savings on the quest to follow the trails from inspiring movies and go see the world with their own eyes.


Casts: Julia Roberts, Javier Bardem, Richard Jenkins
Location: Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Besides full-on romance that will give your heart a big lift, another unquestionable charm of Bali is the bountiful natural beauty. The fascinating rice paddy fields of Ubud, the friendly locals, and the sweet stories that could be yours all make the journey to Bali a very tempting one!

Best Scene: The unique cascading rice terrace of Bali is simply breathtaking.

UP (2009)

Casts: Edward Asner, Jordan Nagai, John Ratzenberger
Location: Angel Waterfalls, Venezuela

Up is a five-star animation about a grumpy old man’s journey to Angel Waterfalls to fulfill the promise to his late wife. Interestingly, he has a creative way of getting there – attaching his house to hundreds of balloons and let it fly! His journey is full of obstacles and good times, and it changes the old man as it would change your perspective once you finished the film.

Best Scene: The final scene of the house by Angel Waterfalls is wonderful and heart-felt.

SAMSARA (2001)

Casts: Shawn Ku, Christy Chung, Neelesha Barthel
Location: Ladakh, India

An inspiring love story that will have you look at a different side of life. Samsara is about a young Tibetan monk who renounced the world in order to find spiritual enlightenment, until destiny revealed itself. He met a girl and left his life as a monk to learn about the ‘normal’ life he has never experienced. The spiritual love story takes you to the majestic landscape of Ladakh, Himalayas, and little villages where people live a simple life you wish you had.

Best Scene: The untouched beauty of nature around Ladakh and the formidable, yet attractive Himalayas.


Casts: Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Klaus Maria Brandauer
Location: Shaba, Kenya

Based on the life of Karen Blixen, Out of Africa tells a story of Karen’s memorable experience and relationship in Africa where wonderful landscape is roamed by wildlife. The film is some of the first movies to show the world the charming side of Africa.

Best Scene: he ‘Flying Over Africa’ is the first time the world truly witnesses the vast beautiful landscape of Africa from up above.

IN BRUGES (2008)

Casts: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ralph Fiennes
Location: Bruges, Belgium

Although ‘In Bruges’ is an action-comedy movie, it wittily showcases the distinctive architectures and culture of Bruges. The movie guides you through the charming city and introduces you to interesting information and stories behind it.

Best Scene: The argument scene between Brendan Gleeson and Ralph Fiennes has the Church of Our Lady magnificently plays the background.


Casts: Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany, Billy Boyd
Location: Galapagos Island, Ecuador

Set in the 19th century, a young British navy captain and his crew had to survive and bring justice to the pirates terrorizing the sea around Galapagos. Despite the firing cannons and unforgiving seas, the scenery of Galapagos Island and crystal-clear water will make you want to jump in the sea to capture the beauty of the underwater world.

Best Scene: The discovery of Galapagos Island and its rare faunas.

THE BEACH (2000)

Casts: Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel York, Patcharawan Patarakijjanon
Location: Phi Phi Island, Krabi, Thailand

Phi Phi Island is the largest island in Nopparat Thara National Park, and it is known as the jewel of the Andaman Sea. With this high reputation, a Hollywood film crew traveled across the world to the island to film the famous ‘The Beach’ movie. The movie showcases the dazzling scenery of Ao Maya and its secret white sand cove surrounded by limestone cliffs. Ao Maya is also a popular diving and snorkeling spot and a heaven for every sea lover. Be sure to check if the park is open as it occasional closes to allow nature to restore itself.

Best Scene: The scene of the characters seeing Ao Maya for the first time has definitely put Phi Phi Island on everyone’s list of the destination to go to!


Casts: Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Sean Penn
Location: Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland

Walter Mitty is a middle-age man setting out on an unexpected adventure to find a missing photo. His journey takes you around the world in an inspiring adventure, but an unforgettable scene of Vatnajökull National Park in Iceland is simply legendary. The millennium old Vatnajökull glacier is the largest ice cap in Europe, and it extends to the Hvannadalshnukur Mountain which is the tallest mountain in Iceland.

Best Scene: The spiritually inspired conversation on Hvannadalshnukur while watching a snow leopard is a masterpiece.