Suvarnabhumi, more commonly referred to as Southeast Asia, is a region that is rich in diverse, ancient cultures with distinct traditions and way of life. In addition, the climate is ideal for travelling all year round. Although the region sometimes falls victim to generalisations about its art and cultural patterns, a closer look reveals that each locality in Suvarnabhumi—the Golden Land—has its own unique charms that tempt visitors to return again and again.
Bangkok and Suvarnabhumi Airport is arguably the gateway to Southeast Asia. Its central location, over two centuries of history and numerous attractions such as fantastic temples, world-class shopping centres, a wide variety of food from Michelin Star restaurants to streetside stalls and a huge range of accommodation to suit every visitor all combine to make Bangkok the introduction to any exploration of this amazing region. Unmissable activities are a visit to The Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, shopping at Chatuchak Market and Siam Square, taking a boat ride to soak up the views along the banks of the Chao Phraya River and entertaining your taste buds in Yaowarat, recently voted home of the world’s best street food.
A short flight from Suvarnabhumi Airport will transport you back in time as you experience the exotic beauty of Thailand’s neighbour, Myanmar. The highlight is Shwedagon Pagoda, the most sacred Buddhist pagoda in Myanmar. The pagoda is believed to contain holy relics - eight strands of the Buddha’s hair - and is tipped with 5,448 diamonds and 2,317 rubies, with a 76 carat diamond set at
the very top. There is also a large emerald in the middle of the pagoda which is covered with more than 1,100 kilos of gold. After visiting the great pagoda, take a Yangon Circular Train to see the life of Yangon commuters. Shopaholics should not miss Bogyoke Aung San Market, a center for traditional goods and souvenirs, such as handicrafts, cloth, accessories and jewellery.
A long history, the intriguing ancient culture and breathtaking natural attractions meet modernity and ambition – this is Hanoi’s charm. While taking a boat ride in Halong Bay may be the first pleasant activity that comes to mind when you visit Hanoi, the city has so much more to offer—the natural splendor of Tam Coc Caves, the sacred atmosphere at the Per the intriguing water puppet theatre and
Hanoi’s heart: 36 Old Streets, the old commercial centre, now given over to tourism and nightlife.
Although Phnom Penh may sound a bit mysterious and might not be at the top of your list of holiday destinations, it has recently
become the ‘hippest’ city to visit in the region. Besides the stylish coffee shops and vibrant nightlife, must-see attractions include
the National Museum of Cambodia, which houses some of the finest Khmer works of art, the Royal Palace, with its extravagant
Silver Pagoda and Wat Preah Keo Morakot (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), and the 14th Century Wat Phnom. Another popular highlight is Tuol Sleng, or S-21. Originally a school, it was turned into a prison by the Khmer Rouge but is now the Museum of
Genocidal Crimes. Together with the Killing Fields, it serves as a gruesome reminder of the brutality of war.
The city of Luang Prabang is a World Heritage Site famous not only for the fascinating, simple life of the locals living amidst beautiful architecture and natural attractions.The citizens have also proven themselves adept at skillfully conserving and managing their cultural heritage. The most important historical site in Luang Prabang is Wat Xieng Thong, which has a ‘Tree of Life’ mosaic on the exterior wall of
the ordination hall and mythical creatures on the side. Ting Cave, overlooking the Mekhong River, is noted for its more than 2,500
18th and 19th century Buddha statuettes. At dawn, you can join, or simply observe, the Buddhist alms giving ceremony when sticky rice is offered to the hundreds of monks from the city’s monasteries, streets collecting who streets collecting alms.
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