Cultural SIghts
THAILAND
Thao Kep Kasattri og Thai Sri Sunthon – Heroine’s Monument
Destination: Phuket
During the war, Thailand and Myanmar had constant fights over land. That’s when Thai Thep Kasattri and Thao Sri Sunthon came in with their loyalty and courage to defend the Myanmar army for five weeks while waiting for help. The two brave sisters defended the island and received the royally assigned title as ‘Thao’. Every year, from March 13th to March 15th, the people celebrate these two sisters at the monument.
The National Museum Talang
Destination: Phuket
Phuket’s National Museum In Talang contains artifacts from Phuket and the Andaman region’s long history and exhibits on the famous Battle of Talang where Chan and Mook defended the island against the Burmese people of the 18th century. The National Museum also has information and exhibitions about the everyday life in Phuket, the site’s tin memory history, the sea gypsy culture and the island’s Chinese heritage.
Chumphon National Museum
Destination: Chumphon
Chumphon National Museum is located in the new Chumphon Government Centre, and have exhibitions like Chumphon Today, Chumphon History, Chumphon During WWII and Typhoon Gay which destroyed the area in 1989 and killed more than 800 people. A movie about Typhoon Gay is shown twice a day. The National Museum also provides a large library!
Military Youth Monument
Destination: Chumphon
This monument was built to celebrate the military youth bravery in the battle against the Japanese troops which invaded Thailand in December 1941, during WWII. This is both a cultural and historical monument with great importance.

Thai Festivals

Destination: Koh Samui

Are you ready for this? If you’re lucky enough to be in Koh Samui during a festival, you’ll be mesmerized for life! Some of the larger festivals includes the Chinese New Year in February, the Thai New Year in April and Light Festival in November. Even though the Full Moon Festival isn’t a Thai culture festival, it attracts people from all over. The festivals usually include markets, processions, dance, shows and so much more.

Mini Siam & Mini Europe

Destination: Pattaya

This is the third miniature city in the world built after those in the Netherlands and Taiwan. This miniature city has collected real-size models of important objects and historical sites from different cultures and civilizations from different periods. The miniature city contains more than 100 models, each on a scale of 1:25.

CAMBODIA

Independence Monument

Destination: Sihanoukville

The Independence Monument is located at the intersection of Sihanoukville Centre and Victory Hill. The monument was erected to celebrate the independence of the country from France on 9th November 1953, as well as the defeat in Khmer Rouge on 7th January 1979. The modest and peaceful independence park contains a statue of Harihara – a fused representation of Vishnu and Shiva – as well as a miniature church of the Preah Vihear Temple, the historical and controversial temple on the Thai-Cambodian border.

INDONESIA
Museum Negiri Propinsi
Destination: Bali
This is Bali’s main museum and a central landmark highlighted on city tours around Denpasar. This museum is the island’s oldest and largest, and houses over 10,000 exhibitions in separate pavilions. Everything in the building plays a tribute to Balinese heritage and culture with stone cuts and tropical gardens that dominate its exterior.
Taman Werdhi Budaya Art
Destination: Bali
This Art Centre is one of the most recognized hubs of cultural events in Bali, with the purpose of preserving and exhibiting Bali’s rich art and culture. The centre’s architecture reflects traditional temples and The Royal Palace, combined with the beautiful gardens surrounding the city centre, the result is amazing.
PHILIPPINES
National Museum of the Philippines
Destination: Manila
The National Museum of the Philippines is the official archive museum of the Philippines. It is divided into four sections with their own different fields, namely the National Gallery, The Filipino People Museum, the Natural History Museum and the National Planetarium. To get to known Philippine culture this is the best place to visit!
San Agustin Church
Destination: Manila
This church is located within Manila Intramuros, the second oldest church in the country. Completed in 1587, the church takes after some Augustinian churches in Mexico, witnessing the area’s Spanish colonial heritage. Large ceiling paintings, 14 sided chapels, classic marble columns, an intriguing rose window, carved doors and a large garden make this place a must-see and a great escape from the busy city while you indulge in culture and history.
Yap Sandiego Ancestral House
Destination: Cebu
Feel the creaking stairs and floors of Yap Sandiego Ancestral House, one of the oldest tree houses in the Philippines. A family of Chinese merchants built this house in the 16th century using coral stone and wood. The house was restored in 2003 but retained much of its structure in the original ceiling and wall structure, which today serves as a private museum. The interior boasts of beautiful carved antique furniture, porcelain and holy statues.
Fort San Pedro
Destination: Cebu
Near the Pier area of Cebu, you’ll find the historic Fort San Pedro. It was founded by the Spanish after they settled here. Today it is a museum that provides insights into the ancient times. You can walk through the spectacular wide park and overlook the bridges to watch the incoming ships like the Spanish used to do for centuries.

Sinulog Festival

Destination: Cebu

Every third Sunday in January, the Sinulog Festival starts. It coincides with the celebration of Santo Nino de Cebu, the patron saint of Cebu. The celebration reminds of the baptism of the chieftain and his queen. It’s a week full of activities, dance competitions and a massive, mesmerizing parade. The costumes are amazing, and the people have put a lot of work into them, however, the celebration follows the Catholic Church’s standards and morals.

VIETNAM
Hoi An Ancient Town
Destination: Hoi An
When you visit Vietnam, Hoi An Ancient Town should be your must-see to learn more about the culture. Both sides of the streets are filled with beautiful old buildings. You can just wander around and experience the Ancient Town’s old charm.
The Que Vegetable Village
Destination: Hoi An
If you’re looking for some quiet time in Vietnam, this is the place you should visit. We recommend visiting this village as early as possible. From the quiet walk around the village before locals have awoken from their deep sleep to the busy life when morning sets in, you can experience a cultural bomb that is this village. You can also join one of their cooking classes to learn about local food. Their corn pancakes bring together locals and tourists for a food feast!

The Museum of Ethnology

Destination: Hanoi
This museum gives an insight into the 54 different ethnic groups in Vietnam in an attempt to preserve the cultural heritage and promote socio-cultural diversity in the country. The outdoor area displays countless Vietnamese homes that are full-scale replicas, with a great focus on the variety of architectural styles set in authentic and tranquil gardens. In addition, there are also recreational activities in the area, including traditional water puppet theatre and calligraphy. The future goal of the museum is to showcase the many cultural practices and civilizations throughout Southeast Asia.

Hanoi Opera House

Destination: Hanoi

The Opera House design is heavily influenced by the French architecture style from the 19th century. The façade impress visitors with a French neoclassical design, wrought iron balconies and tiled friezes. The interior overwhelms its visitors with a T-shaped white marble staircase centred with a red carpet, a crystal chandelier, a large wall mirror, Corinthian columns and a colourful dome with spectacular murals and reliefs.

Hanoi Old Quarter

Destination: Hanoi

For those who visit Hanoi with a genuine wish to understand the city’s culture, Hanoi Old Quarter is the place you should not miss. Visitors to this unique historic district will be blinded by its cultural charm. It is a completely different world from the rest of the city, and as a traveller you have the opportunity to explore the modest but energetic life of the locals.

Museum of Ho Chi Minh
Destination: Ho Chi Minh
Most exhibitions in this museum showcases the story of Hi Chi Minh, however, there are a number of Vietnamese cultural exhibits as well. The building is in a large neoclassical structure and is formerly known as the Gia Long Palace. The city museum is an outstanding beautiful and impressive building that tells the story of Ho Chi Minh in a respectful and beautiful way with archaeological objects, ceramics, ancient city maps and exhibitions of marriage traditions in the various ethnicities. The fight for independence is extensively covered and we recommend visiting the top floor to learn more about it!
War Remnants Museum
Destination: Ho Chi Minh
Not as joyful, but extremely important. Few museums portray the brutal effects of war on civilian victims as powerful as this museum. Many of the cruelties that are documented here were well published, but Westerners rarely hear the victims of the US Military action tell their own stories. Some exhibitions are unilateral, but many of the most disturbing photographs illustrate American cruelties including those of the infamous My Lai massacre.
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