Here’s How Much It Will Cost You To Visit These Locations Featured In “Crazy Rich Asians”
For all its strengths (and faults), Crazy Rich Asians certainly amazes with its depictions of hedonistic luxury and excess.
For mere mortals like us whose net worths don’t run into the billions, however, the lifestyles of the uber-rich can seem unattainable.
Fortunately, the film features several locations in Singapore and Malaysia that – while not always budget-friendly – are in the realm of affordability. Here are a few of the Malaysian locations that were featured in the film, and how much it will cost you to visit.
1. The Lakehouse, Cameron Highlands
Covering an area that spans the breadth of Singapore, Cameron Highlands is Malaysia’s largest hill-station. There’s plenty to do in the verdant hills of Cameron Highlands, including picking fruit at strawberry farms, sampling locally produced tea and honey, strolling through flower and herb gardens, and exploring hiking trails.
However, if you’re here to live out your crazy rich Asian fantasies, then you’ll want to head to The Lakehouse. This Tudor-style resort in Cameron Highlands was apparently used to film the scene in which Nick (Henry Goulding) and Rachel (Constance Wu) has a falling out.
At the time of writing, a room (for up to 2 adults and 1 child) at The Lakehouse starts at RM626 (S$208). For travellers whose ideal vacation involves lounging indoors and indulging in gastronomic pleasures, the resort offers the following to complement your stay:
- Afternoon tea for two – RM70.20 per room (S$23.37)
- Daily chef special for two (includes soup, main course, dessert and coffee or tea) – RM171 per room (S$56.93)
- Steamboat/hot pot dinner for two – RM117 per room (S$38.96)
- Cook your own barbeque for two – RM216 per room (S$71.92)
- Strawberry jam making class for two – RM108 per room (S$35.96)
2. Rawa Island, Johor
While Nick and groom-to-be Colin escapes a bachelor party to a secluded spot in what is purportedly Rawa Island, the real-life island never made it into the film due to budgetary constraints. Instead, shooting of the scene took place in Langkawi.
Nevertheless, if you’re looking for an island paradise surrounded by deep blue seas, Rawa Island makes an excellent holiday destination. Transportations costs for a two-way bus ride from Singapore to Mersing, Johor will cost S$67.80. From Mersing, you’ll need to take a boat or ferry to the island. Tickets can cost RM35 – RM45 each (S$11.65 – S$14.98). Alternatively, your hotel may cover or subsidise transportation from Mersing.
There are a grand total of two resorts to choose from in Rawa Island: Alang Rawa and Rawa Island Resort. Alang’s Rawa is a popular choice among young travellers. With beach BBQ buffets on Saturday nights and a bar that offers a range of cocktails incorporating local fruits, juices and spices, the resort transforms into a nightlife hub during the weekends. Rawa Island Resort, on the other hand, is more family-oriented. However, it offers a range of activities like fishing, snorkelling, kayaking, windsurfing, diving and island hopping.
Here’s a cost breakdown for these two resorts:
|Alang’s Rawa||Rawa Island Resort|
(based on 382 reviews)
(based on 219 reviews)
|Accommodation starts from (rate for two nights)||Weekday:|
RM620 (S$206.40) per person, for 6 pax and above
RM1000 (S$332.91) per person, for 2 pax
RM690 (S$229.71) per person, for 7 pax and above
RM1110 (S$369.53) per person, for 2 pax
Package rates include all meals from dinner on the evening of arrival to lunch on the day of departure
|RM1,264 (S$420.60) for 2 pax
RM1,970 (S$655.52) for 4 pax
RM3,644 (S$1,212.55) for 6 pax
RM5,022 (S$1,671.08) for 8 pax
|Boat transfer to and from Rawa||Included in accommodation package||RM 100++ (S$33.28) per person|
3. Four Seasons Resort Langkawi
Amarinta’s bachelorette party was held at the Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, and it’s easy to see why: nothing embodies luxury like having your own private villa or pavilion on a tropical island paradise.
Four Seasons Resort Langkawi is situated in its own private stretch of beach along the Andaman coast, flanked by tropical rainforests and limestone cliffs.
Accommodation starts at around S$1,160 for a room (for 3 adults, or 2 adults and 1 child). For bigger parties, you’ll have to fork out around S$3,547 (for 5 adults, or 3 adults and 3 children) and around S$5,730 (for 8 adults, or 6 adults and 2 children).
If you’re going all out, you can get the Royal Beach Villa for around S$10,915 a night (for 6 adults, or 4 adults and 2 children). The villa is set in its own isolated beach location, with each bedroom opening into its own terrace. For over ten grand a night, you’ll also get complimentary butler service and a private, 14-metre infinity pool.
4. Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, Penang
The Cheong Fatt Tze mansion lends its interior to a mahjong scene in Crazy Rich Asians. The mansion was built by a 19th-century tycoon after whom it is named, and as such it reflects the opulence and Chinese architectural style of that period.
A room (for 2 guests) at Cheong Fatt Tze starts at RM480 (S$160) a night.
However, if you’ve got pocket change to spare, you can have the whole mansion to yourself for one night, from RM50,000 (S$16,625). This package includes:
- One night’s accommodation in 18 rooms for 36 adults
- Curated welcome gifts inspired by Penang
- A Nyonya afternoon tea and mahjong session
- A cocktail and Guzheng performance
- A 5-course gourmet meal
- Champagne breakfast served in-room or at the courtyard
If you’re just keen on touring the mansion, 45-minute guided tours are available every day for RM17 per adult (S$5.65).
5. Astor Bar, The St. Regis Kuala Lumpur
The Astor Bar at The St Regis Kuala Lumpur was transformed into a plush jewellery store for the film, in which Astrid (Gemma Chan) is introduced to the audience.
While you may not be able to channel Gemma Chan’s character and purchase $1.2 million dollar earrings on a whim, you can certainly pick up a few cocktails. The Astor Bar’s fusion of modern-day glamour and old-world charm makes it the perfect spot for a fancy night out. Cocktails can be had for around RM65+ (S$22+) each.
To celebrate its appearance in the film, The Astor Bar is also offering a limited-edition cocktail, “The Astrid”, a concoction of Jose Cuervo silver tequila, pomegranate juice, lemon bitter and elderflower foam.
From lofty hilltops to idyllic beach retreats and chic city nightspots, a tour of these places in Malaysia serves as a perfect holiday getaway – and best of all, it doesn’t require you to be crazy rich.