10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Southeast Asia

by Editor N AEC Tourism Thai

10 UNESCO World Heritage


1. Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An is an ancient riverside trading town in Central Vietnam. In the 16th century, Hoi An was one of Vietnam's busiest trading centers. Chinese merchants settled here to do business with European and Asian traders

2. Luang Prabang, Laos

Laos can be distilled down to its essence in the buildings and traditions surrounding Luang Prabang. Once the capital of the Lan Xang Kingdom that ruled Laos, Luang Prabang sits at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers.

3. George Town, Penang, Malaysia

The state capital of George Town on the northeastern cape of Penang serves as the state capital and cultural center. It was also a jewel in the British Straits Settlements - trade between India and China

4. My Son Holy Land, Vietnam

My Son is a complex of religious temples in Central Vietnam, built by the Champa dynasty between the 4th and the 12th centuries. It wars have left little more than stumps and rubble, but some relatively well-preserved temples remain, giving visitors a glimpse of the Hindu empire

5. Intramuros, Philippines

Intramuros was Manila, for the thousands of Spanish colonists, their families, and their servants for over 400 years, this walled city guarded the mouth of the Pasig River and served as the seat of the Spanish presence in the Philippines.

6. Hue Citadel, Vietnam

Hue was the capital of Vietnam throughout the 19th and early 20th century. The Nguyen emperors ruled from the Hue citadel palace complex, a sprawling complex with high stone walls surrounding a series of refined palaces and temples

7. Borobudur, Indonesia

Borobudur is a Buddhist monument near Yogyakarta in Central Java that stands on a stupendous scale. A Mandala-shaped is structure that immortalizes Buddhist cosmology in stone. 

8. Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat was built between 1130 and 1150 AD by King Suryavarman II, and consists of an enormous temple pyramid covering a sprawling area measuring 4,250 by 5,000 feet, surrounded by a moat over 600 feet wide.

9. Candi Prambanan, Indonesia

Candi Prambanan is a 224-temple complex in Central Java dominated by three lofty spires representing the trimurti (trinity) of the Hindu religion. The tallest spire rises more than 150 feet high over the surrounding countryside.

10. Melaka, Malaysia

Melaka is called "the Historic City" by Malaysians. Its strategic location, sitting right in the eponymous Straits of Malacca, made it a tempting target for Chinese, Dutch, English, and Japanese conquerors, each of whom left an indelible imprint on the city and its people.