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Historical Tourist Attractions in Southeast Asia

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat Temple

The “lost city” of Angkor first attracted the interest of Europeans in the 1800s after Cambodia was colonized by the French. Today, Angkor Wat continues to draw thousands of visitors anxious to see this remarkable ancient temple in the jungle.

Angkor Wat is one of the most popular archeological sites in South-east Asia. It features the magnificent remains of the different capitals of the Khmer empire.

Angkor Archaeological Park stretches across over 400 square kilometers and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Two of the most beautiful temple in Angkor watare Ta Prohm and Bayon Temple.

Ta Prohm has been largely left to the clutches of the living jungle. With its dynamic interaction between nature and man-made art, this atmospheric temple is a favorite for many – who can’t help but feel a little like Indiana Jones or Lara Croft (which was filmed here) as they pick through the rubble.

Bayon Temple is known for its huge stone faces of the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, with one facing outward and keeping watch at each compass point. The curious smiling image, thought by many to be a portrait of Jayavarman himself, has been dubbed by some the “Mona Lisa of Southeast Asia.” There are 51 smaller towers surrounding Bayon, each with four faces of its own.  The complex is located just to the north of the famous Angkor Wat.

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Ayutthaya, Thailand

Ayutthaya Ancien Capital of Thailand

Ayutthaya is one of Thailand‘s historical and majestic highlights. Serving as the Thai capital for 417 years (1350 1767: Kingdom of Ayutthaya), it was once glorified as one of the biggest cities in the world a Southeast Asia center for civilizations.

Ayutthaya or PhraNakhon Si Ayutthayawas founded around A.D.1350 by a Prince of U-Thong.It used to be one of the richest cities in Asia by the 1600s, exporting rice, animal skins, ivory, etc. In 1767 the city was completely burned during the war.

During the 17th century, most foreign visitors to Ayutthaya, traders or diplomats alike, claimed Ayutthaya to be the most illustrious and glittering city that they had ever visited. The map of Ayutthaya published in 1691 by Simon de la Loubre in Du Royaume De Siam is proof of such recognition.


Ayutthaya is 76 kilometers north of Bangkok and boasts numerous magnificent ruins. Many ancient ruins and art works can be seen here, Such ruins indicate that Ayutthaya was one of Indo – China’s most prosperous cities.

The Ayutthaya Historical Park has been included in UNESCO list of World Heritage since December 13, 1991.

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Hue, Vietnam

Hue Imperial City, Vietnam

Hue was the capital of ThuaThien Hue province in Central Vietnam the feudal sovereignty, is Located on the bank of Song Huong- Perfume River 700 km southern Hanoi, 1100km northern Ho Chi Minh City, and only a few miles from the sea.

Hue was the national capital, the political, cultural and religious center of Vietnam under the control of Nguyen Dynastyfrom 1802 to 1945.The dynasty of the Nguyen family lasted (in theory) from 1802, when Nguyen Anh defeated rebels to control the city, until 1945, when the last emperor abdicated.

The Imperial City is divided further by a series of concentric walled temples, palaces, and pavilions. People come to Hue to see the old Imperial complex, the Citadel and the Forbidden city, the pagodas, and the many tombs of the emperors that lie a few kilometers south of the city.



Some of the Imperial City is in ruins, but much of it has been restored. Outlying the city are mausoleums of the emperors. These are walled park settings with temples, lakes, and tombs. One of the most impressive mausoleums is that of TuDuc who ruled between 1847 and 1883. Like the rest of Vietnam, Hue has excellent food, including some specialities from the imperial days. The only drawback to Hue is the weather, it rains here more than anywhere else in Vietnam.

Hue is a quiet, relaxing city, big enough to be interesting but small enough to bicycle around. The food is great, the best in Vietnam, and the women are supposed to be the most beautiful in the country.Most well-known for its historic values; Hue had been recognized as one of the World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

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Luang Prabang, Laos

The ancient town of Luang Prabang, Laos

The ancient town of Luang Prabang situated in northern Laos, sits on a peninsular at the confluence of two rivers, the Nam Khan and the famous Mekong. Considered by many travellers and writers as being the heart of Laotian culture, the tiny town is encircled by mountains and is 700 metres above the sea level.

Luang Prabang is Laos’ premier tourist destination and (arguably) Southeast Asia’s most beautiful spot and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.

Luang Prabang was the ancient royal capital of the LanXang Kingdom until King Phothisarat moved the administrative seat to Vientiane in 1545. The town of Luang Prabang owes its present name to the Pha Bang, a revered Buddha image (now in the Royal Palace Museum) which was brought to the town in the early 1500s.

Luang Prabang, Laos

The town depicts rich heritage, French architecture and entire historical section are dedicated to tourism, with everything from former royal palaces to over 33 Wats (temples), on the tourist trail. This former Royal capital still remains the main centre for Buddhist learning in Laos and is the perfect location for spiritual contemplation.

In 1989 Laos opened its doors to tourism stimulating economic growth and a revitalization of Luang Prabang. Both the traditional timber houses and the colonial mansions were restored to their former beauty and transformed into charming guest houses, hotels and restaurants to service the growing tourist trade.

This small and gentle town where most locals are asleep by 22:00 is now one of the richest and most visited provinces in Laos. It’s one of the few places where you feel that this is the genuine article and one that retains its unique ambiance.
Luang Prabang in Laos was voted to be the number one tourist destination by The New York Times in the year 2008.

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Melaka, Malaysia

The ruins of A Famosa Malaka Malaysia

Melaka (or as it was formerly known as Malacca) is is the historical city of West Malaysia which is rich in history, cultures and cuisines.Melaka is about 120 km south east of Kuala Lumpur and about 250 km. north-west of Singapore and is easily accessible by road via the North-South highway.

The rich multi-cultural heritage of Melaka’s pople is reflected in their unique customs and traditions, food, festivals, dances, buildings and lifestyles. Melaka cuisine is well-known for its lively flavours and aroms. The city’s many restaurants, cafes, food courts, pubs and fast food restaurants offer a range of culinary options.

One of the most popular places to visit is none other than the ruins of A Famosa-the most famous legacy from the time Malacca spent under Portuguese rule. It is what remains of the Portuguese fort originally built to defend Malacca. Another unique attraction in Malacca are the various red structures originally of Dutch construction and design, such as the Christ Church and various other historical structures.

Many museums have been established to contain the significant artefacts from Malacca’s rich history. Among the more prominent museums are the Melaka Sultanate Palace Museum, the Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum and the Museum of History and Ethnography.

There is accommodation in these states to suit all tastes and budgets. Major hotels are located in the main towns.

Melaka has been listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Cities under “Historic Cities in the Straits of Malacca” from 7th. July 2008,  announced in Quebec, Canada.

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 Singapore Historical Sites Museum

Singapore also known as the Merlion city is one of South East Asia‘s most vibrant cities and is a great gateway to the rest of Asia. History of Singapore reminds one of the antecedents of this great city-state. Javanese inscriptions dating back to the 14th century refer to Singapore as Temasek which means Sea Town. It is said that a member of the Royal family, Sang Nila Utama, was searching for a site to build a new city. Arriving at the sandy shores of the island, he mistook a tiger for a lion. Taking this as a good omen, he decided to build his new city here, naming it Singapura, the Sanskrit words for Lion City. Singapore’s modern name was thus born.


Singapore remained an obscure fishing village under the possession of the Sultanate until a fateful day in January 1819. Sir Stamford Raffles, an official of the British East India Company, had combed the Straits of Malacca for a small trading station to counter the Dutch influence in the area. The tiny fishing village of Singapore was perfect because it was at the crossroads of the East and West.

He signed an agreement with the Sultan of Johor, giving the British the right to establish a trading port on the island and to proclaim it a free port. It was against this political backdrop that Sir Stamford Raffles established Singapore as a trading station. The policy of free trade attracted merchants from all over Asia and from as far away as the United States and the Middle East.

The main trade items were tea and silk from China, timber from Malaya and spices from Indonesia. The colony also imported opium and fabrics from India, as well as English-manufactured goods from Britain. By 1824, just five years after the founding of modern Singapore, the population had grown from a mere 150 to 10,000.

During World War II in 1942, the security was rudely shattered when the Japanese invaded North Malaya and advanced towards Singapore. The British administration in Singapore surrendered on February 8, 1942. Under the Japanese ruling, Singapore was renamed Syonan (light of the South), and commerce plummeted.

After the war, in August 1945, Singapore became a Crown Colony. In 1959, however, full elections were held and self-government under a new constitution was granted in Singapore. It joined Malaysia to become one country in September 1963 but differences between the leaders became serious enough for a separation. Singapore became an independent nation on August 9, 1965. It has since enjoyed one of the highest standards of living in all of Asia, second only to Japan.

Today, you can experience Singapore’s rich historical heritage by visiting many of the national monuments, museums and memorials located around the city. Singapore Tourist Attractions include some of the most picturesque locations, beautiful architecture, very interesting ethnic quarters, different places of worship, many wildlife sanctuaries, the fascinating Singapore River, the fabulous parks and gardens and the state-of-the-art museums.

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