The UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) has designated 37 World Heritage Sites in a total of 11 countries in Southeast Asia. Here’s a rundown on the countries that AsiaTrips operates in – Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.
Angkor, Siem Reap – Arguably the most popular and visited site in our list. Angkor contains the stunning remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, from the 9th to the 15th century including the famous Temple of Angkor Wat and, at Angkor Thom, the Bayon Temple
Temple of Preah Vihear, Preah Vihear – Built to honour the Hindu god Shiva the Temple is composed of a series of sanctuaries linked by a system of pavements and staircases over an 800 metre long axis and dates back to the first half of the 11th century.
Old Town of Luang Prabang, Luang Prabang – A beautiful French influenced town build between the 19th and 20th century, this romantic holy city should be on the top of everyone’s list when it comes to a visit to Laos.
Vat Phou and Associated Ancient Settlements within the Champasak Cultural Landscape, Champasak – Associated with the Khmer civilisation this 1000 year old complex is still astonishingly well preserved to this day with temples, shrines and waterworks extending over some 10 km
Pyu Ancient Cities- Mandalay, Magway, Bago – Brick cities that are remnants of the Pyu kingdom that existed over 1000 years ago. Remains include excavated palace citadels, burial grounds and manufacture sites, as well as monumental brick Buddhist stupas.
Historic Town of Sukhothai and Associated Historic Towns, Sukhothai and Kamphaeng Phet Provinces – Before Bangkok, Sukhothai, was the capital city of Siam therefore it’s contains stunning unique architecture of the start of this great civilisation.
Ban Chiang Archaeological Site, Udon Thani Province – The site represents where the earliest evidence of farming in the region started and of the manufacture and use of metals. It is considered the most important prehistoric settlement so far discovered in Southeast Asia.
Thungyai-Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuaries, Kanchanaburi,Tak and Uthai Thani Provinces – Home to a diverse range of animals including tigers and elephants this huge area the runs along the border with Myanmar is a must visit place for nature lovers.
Historic City of Ayutthaya, Ayutthaya province – Ayutthaya became the second Siamese capital after Sukhothai. Destroyed by the Burmese in the 18th century it is still a hugely popular tourist attraction for visitors to Thailand with gigantic monasteries.
Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex: Saraburi, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nakhon Nayok, Prachin Buri, Sa Kaeo and Buriram Provinces – Spanning 230km and home to more than 800 species of fauna this hugely important complex ecosystems which hold more than 112 different types of mammals.
Phong Nha-Ke Bàng National Park, Bo Trạch and Minh Hoa districts, Quang Binh Province – The Park’s landscape is formed by limestone plateaux and tropical forests. It features great geological diversity and offers spectacular phenomena, including a large number of caves and underground rivers. The site harbours a high level of biodiversity and many endemic species.
My Son Sanctuary, Duy Phu, Duy Xuyen District, Quang Nam Province – A series of impressive tower-temples built between the 4th and 13th centuries.
Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, Hanoi – Built in the 11th century on the remains of a Chinese fortress to mark the independence of the Dai Vet.
Hoi An Ancient Town, Hoi An – An important trading costal town from the 15th to 19th century the city has been influenced by its foreign and local visitors to create a town full of character and history and this is represented in it unique buildings and streets.
Trang An Landscape Complex, Ninh Binh Province – The ancient capital of Vietnam was located here in the 10th and 11th centuries containing temples, pagodas, paddy-fields and small villages. The landscape itself is a spectacular landscape of limestone karst peaks permeated with valleys, many of them partly submerged and surrounded by steep, almost vertical cliffs. Exploration of caves at different altitudes has revealed archaeological traces of human activity over a continuous period of more than 30,000 years.
Halong Bay, Halong, Quang Ninh Province – Including some 1,600 islands and islets, forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars, this breathtaking site is one of the most naturally amazing phenomena you will ever set your eyes upon. No wonder it is one of the most visit places in the country.
Complex of Hue Monuments, Thua Thien–Hue Province – Hue was the former capital of Vietnam from 1802 until 1945 the Perfume River winds its way through the Capital City, the Imperial City, the Forbidden Purple City and the Inner City, giving this unique feudal capital a setting of great natural beauty.
Citadel of the Ho Dynasty, Tay Giay, Vinh Loc District, Thanh Hoa Province – This 14th century site was built on feng shui principles located in a landscape of great scenic beauty on an axis joining the Tuong Son and Don Son mountains in a plain between the Ma and Buoi rivers.