Palaces are the epitome of showing the grandeur, history and culture of a nation. Countries pride themselves on their palaces and are more than often the most popular tourist attractions in the country such as Buckingham Palace in London and the Alhambra in Spain.

So here at AsiaTrips we have created a guide for the must-see Palaces in Southeast Asia.


Grand Palace, Bangkok, Thailand

The is arguably one of the must-see attractions in the whole of Thailand. It is an awe-inspiring and stunning landmark and one of the most famous Palaces in the whole of Southeast Asia. The Grand Palace has been the official residence of the Kings of Siam (Thailand) since 1782. Within the Palace are also located the Thai war ministry, state departments, and the mint. Inside the Palace complex there also a number of impressive buildings such as Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha).

For those who are visiting the Grand Palace there is a strict dress code which enforces that males must wear long pants and shirts with sleeves and females should not have see- through clothes or bare shoulders as well as a long dress. Also for both no bare feet are allowed. There is a booth which offers you clothes to entry the Grand Palace if you are not adequately dressed.


Royal palace in Phnom Penh

Royal palace in Phnom Penh

Royal Palace, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The Royal Palace in Phnom Penh is glittered in gold and is truly a great site to see and was built in 1866. Interestingly the site of the Royal Palace was chosen because it represented a great geographical significance in relation to the King to built it which was His Majesty Preah Bat Norodom, great grandfather to the current King.

The Palace contains spectacular buildings such as the Throne Hall, which was originally built in wood. This particular building is still used for high official celebrations, coronations and audiences with foreign dignitaries and government officials.


Royal Palace, Luang Prabang, Laos

Built in 1904 during  French colonial rule The Royal Palace has a mix of Lao and French architecture. in 1975 communists overthrew the royal family at the time and sent them to re-education camps and was then converted to a museum to which it still acts today.

The location of the Palace is by the Mekong River so that royal dignitaries could disembark from the river and be escorted immediately to the Palace. The royal apartments have been faithfully preserved, and offer a fascinating glimpse into the lifestyle of the king and his family. The exhibits include royal religious objects, weapons, statues, screens and paintings from centuries past.


Mandalay Palace (Wikipedia)

Mandalay Palace (Wikipedia)

Mandalay Palace, Mandalay, Myanmar

The Mandalay Palace is the last royal palace of the last Burmese monarchy. The original Palace was destroyed during the world war 2, leaving only the moat and the city walls however the whole palace complex has been reconstructed restoring the glory of the old Myanmar.

The original palace was constructed, between 1857 and 1859 as part of King Mindon’s founding of the new royal capital city of Mandalay. Today it is a major tourist attraction and a symbol of the country’s history.


Independence Palace, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Also known as Reunification Palace and built on the site of the former Norodom Palace it is one of the most visited sites in the city and was the home to the presidents of South Vietnam. It is also the place where the end of the Vietnam war was filmed by the tanks crashing through the palace gates. Visitors can walk around the palace rooms and also see the two tanks that came crashing through the gates at the end of the war.


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About the Author

By aj / Administrator

on Sep 10, 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


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