In the 21st Century. Southeast Asia is one of the world’s most dynamic and rapidly developing regions.
Amazing new buildings are rising all across ASEAN. creating a vibrant collection of modern mega-cities. supported by world-class infrastructure. But how many of the projects we see emerging in the region today will still be attracting visitors in 100. or even 1.000 years’ time?
It takes a very special structure to stand the test of time – only the strongest and most important buildings survive. And this rarity creates wonderful opportunities for visitors who want to learn about the region’s rich history. All across Southeast Asia. modern marvels are juxtaposed with ancient edifices as visitors flock to exquisite heritage sites.
In this edition of Travel Aggregator. we focus on Southeast Asia’s leading historical destinations. including the UNESCO-listed wonders of Angkor in Cambodia. Ayutthaya in Thailand. Borobudur in Indonesia. and Hue in Vietnam.
With many exciting new Eco-Friendly hotels being developed to fulfill traveler demand for these sites. guests can now enjoy the perfect blend of ancient charm and modern convenience. And who knows? Maybe some of these excellent 21st Century hotels will still be attracting guests centuries from now.
Angkor Archaeological park
Angkor is simply breath-taking. In a vast area of about 400 square kilometres. visitors can explore the remains of the ancient Khmer Empire that once ruled over swathes of Indochina. These remarkably well-preserved ruins include the main temple of Angkor Wat. the Buddhist heads of Angkor Thom. and Ta Prohm. which featured in the movie “Tomb Raider”. It’s no wonder that this spectacular site attracted 2S million visitors last year .
Siem Reap. Cambodia The former capitals of the Khmer Empire
From 9th to the 15th centuries
WHERE TO STAY
Angkor Palace Resort & Spa
As the only international five-star resort designed by a Cambodian architect. Angkor Palace Resort & Spa is a genuine reflection of local culture. Just 15 minutes from Angkor Wat this resort more than 250 rooms. suites and villas in an II-hectare estate. When guests are not exploring the local history. they can enjoy including a tennis court. golf driving range. spa. fitness center. outdoor pools and six F&B outlets.
Historic city of Ayutthaya
While Bangkok is Thailand’s modern capital city and a glittering global metropolis. visitors who want to discover the country’s rich heritage only need to travel 80km north to Ayutthaya. The second capital of the Siamese Kingdom. Ayutthaya thrived from the 14th to 18th centuries. This UNESCO World Heritage site is now a wonderfully preserved landscape of temples. stupas and other ancient buildings. nestled on the banks of the Chao Praya River.
Ayutthaya. Thailand The second capital of the Siamese Kingdom
14th to the 18th centuries
WHERE TO STAY
Visitors to Ayutthaya can combine two Thai capital cities in one trip with a stay at Solitaire Bangkok The ancient capital of Ayutthaya is just an hour’s drive from Bangkok. and its ancient charm provides a wonderful contrast to the present day capital’s bustling street life. Perfectly positioned on Sukhumvit Soi 11 in downtown Bangkok. Solitaire Bangkok features 319 rooms, a club lounge, four F&B outlets and health, and fitness facilities. including a tropical outdoor pool.
Borobudur Temple Compounds
The volcanic hills of Central Java are perhaps not the place you’d expect to find the world’s largest Buddhist temple. But rising out of the mist, Borobudur is one of the most impressive manmade monuments in Southeast Asia. Dating back to the 8th and 9th centuries, this vast structure is topped with 72 stunning stupas. Visitors can follow a network of corridors and stairways to the top and enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding landscape.
Central Java, Indonesia, World’s largest Buddhist temple from the Syailendra Dynasty
From the 8th and 9th centuries
WHERE TO STAY
Grand Keisha Yogyakarta by Horison
Visitors to Borobudur can base their trip in the cultural city of Yogyakarta, just an hours drive from the ancient temple. Grand Keisha Yogyakarta by Horison is an elegant upscale hotel that provides the perfect introduction to Central Java’s rich heritage. The 177 rooms and suites blend modern amenities with classical charm. including traditional motifs and images of old Yogyakarta. Guests can unwind by the outdoor pool or enjoy exquisite cuisine at the Sri Manganti restaurant.
Complex of Hue Monuments
The city of Hue. Vietnam’s former capital. may not be as ancient as other UNESCO World Heritage sites. but that does not make it any less significant. The seat of the Nguyen Dynasty. which ruled Vietnam until 1945. Hue Citadel houses an extraordinary collection of temples. tombs. palaces and royal residences. including the so-called “Forbidden City” – similar to the complex in Beijing. The citadel is nestled alongside the Perfume River.
Hue, Vietnam, The former capital of Vietnam under the Nguyen Dynasty
From the 19th and early 20th centuries
WHERE TO STAY
Angsana Lang Co
Just 60km from Hue. Angsana Lang Co is a spectacular seafront resort where guests can relax with luxurious amenities — including an award-winning spa and a golf course designed by Sir Nick Faldo. This blissful beach resort choice rooms and suites. including options with private Is. plus four 6ntastic restaurants and a chilled- out rooftop bar. The Angsana Spa is perfect for pampering. while the Laguna Water Sports Centre adrenalin-fuelled activities on the ocean waves.