While travelling and exploring the rich treasures and attractions of countries it can be difficult to learn and see all the fascinating history of each country in one trip. This is why museums are such a popular place for tourists to visit who want to educate themselves and see the amazing wonders that each country has to offer.

Here is a list of the best Museums that we recommend to visit in Southeast Asia.


National Museum, Bangkok, Thailand

One of the most interesting and fascinating museums in our list. The museum is located in the former grounds of the 18th Century Wang Na Palace, and holds the largest collection of Thai art and artifacts in Thailand. There are also a number of displays such as Chinese weapons, gold treasures, precious stones, Khon masks, puppets, ceramics, clothing and textiles, woodcarving and traditional musical instruments from around Southeast Asia.

The museum is located close to the more popular attraction of the Grand Palace so make sure it’s on your list when you visit Bangkok, especially as free English-language tours given by volunteers.


National Museum, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

(Phnom-National Museum, Cambodia (wikipedia)

National Museum, Cambodia (Wikipedia)

Here you will find one of the world’s greatest collections of Khmer cultural artefacts including sculpture, ceramics and ethnographic objects from the prehistoric, pre-Angkorian, Angkorian and post-Angkorian periods.

Inaugurated on 13 April 1920 under the patronage of King Sisowath and the French Resident Francois Baudoin it was initially called Musee Albert Sarraut after the Governor General of Indochina under French control. Then in 1951, the Museum was handed to Cambodia. During the period of Khmer Rouge control, The museum was shut from 1975 to 1979 during the regime of Khmer Rouge and after the regime ended the museum reopened on the 13 April 1979.

The Museum seeks to promotes awareness, understanding and appreciation of the country’s heritage and its objective is to educate and inspire its visitors.


Vietnam National Museum of Fine Arts, Hanoi, Vietnam

This stunning museum was established by the Vietnamese government to preserve and present the country’s artistic treasures. The building used to be a former French girls boarding school so it has a blend old French style architecture combined with traditional architectural elements of Vietnamese communal houses.

The museum opened its doors to the public in 1966 and contains contemporary and traditional ‘fine arts’ which include different forms of religious sculptures, folk paintings and ceramics. The Museum is also a place for contemplating great works of art produced by generations of artists whose life and work reflect the country’s major artistic achievements and historical landmarks of the 20th century.


National Museum on Myanmar (By Phyo WP )

National Museum on Myanmar (By Phyo WP)

National Museum of Myanmar, Yangon, Myanmar

This is the country’s main cultural museum and houses a huge array of Burmese artifacts. Spread over 5 floors. The museum opened in 1952 but has since changed its location within Yangon and museum has an extensive collection of ancient artifacts, ornaments, works of art, inscriptions and historic memorabilia, related to history, culture and civilization of Burmese people. In the exhibit hall on Natural History are many fossils dating back millions of years, including a 40-million-year-old an anthropoid primate.

It is a huge building and a rich journey through the ages of Myanmar, offering visitors to understand how the country and its culture has evolved.


For more information about any of the museums email info@asiatrips.travel or visit www.asiatrips.travel.

About the Author

By aj / Administrator

on Aug 30, 2016

Aj is a born traveller and it's shows. He previously work as a flight attendant for over 6 years and has been been to over 30 countries from Barbados to Bangladesh, to Uganda to Uruguay, he has spanned the globe. He has also lived in the Middle East, Spain, Australia, Pakistan. Aj loves South East Asia the most and has been travelling to that part of the world for over 10 years where he has been currently living for the past 4 years. Aj is also AsiaTrips VP for Creative Travel and absolutely loves talking about travel and encourages others to travel and experience the world like he has. If you would like to contact Aj then please email him at aj@asiatrips.travel


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