Top 10 Ruins of Southeast Asia

One of my most favorite things in the world would be ruins. I just love them. There’s such a sense of mystery to ancient structures that makes them so incredibly fascinating. What did they actually look like when they were first built? What did they look like all decked out for the rituals and ceremonies that were held there? How long did the ancient inhabitants plan the structures before building them? Why did they stop using these structures? What would they say now, if they could see the hundreds of thousands of people who come to gawk at the ruins now?

With all of the amazing ruins around Asia, I decided to narrow it down to Southeast Asia, since that is where I spent most of my time, and to pick the best ruin from each country. Some countries have soooooooooo many to choose from and some are limited in their offerings. That doesn’t make the ruin any less intriguing.

Andaman and Nicobar Islands

SE Asia is full of many breathtaking ruins from centuries ago. These are best ruins from each country in SE Asia.Courtesy of Flickr

Site: Ross Island Church
Location: Ross Island, Port Blair
Built: Late 1700s or mid-1800s
Restored: No

CambodiaSE Asia is full of many breathtaking ruins from centuries ago. These are best ruins from each country in SE Asia.

Site: Angkor Wat
Location: Siem Reap
Built: 12th Century
Restored: Partially

IndonesiaSE Asia is full of many breathtaking ruins from centuries ago. These are best ruins from each country in SE Asia.

Site: Borobudur
Location: Yogyakarta, Central Java
Built: 750-825 AD
Restored: Yes

Laos

SE Asia is full of many breathtaking ruins from centuries ago. These are best ruins from each country in SE Asia.Courtesy of Flickr

Site: Buddha Park
Location:  15.5 miles (25 km) southeast of Vientiane
Built: 1958
Restored: Maintained

Malaysia

SE Asia is full of many breathtaking ruins from centuries ago. These are best ruins from each country in SE Asia.Courtesy of Flickr

Site: Bujang Valley
Location: Merbok, Kedah State
Built: 6th century
Restored: Excavation and restoration underway

MyanmarSE Asia is full of many breathtaking ruins from centuries ago. These are best ruins from each country in SE Asia.

Site: Bagan
Location: Bagan Archaeological Zone
Built: 11th-13th centuries
Restored: Some of the temples have been restored while some don’t need to be and others are waiting to be restored

Philippines

SE Asia is full of many breathtaking ruins from centuries ago. These are best ruins from each country in SE Asia.Courtesy of Flickr

Site: Paoay Church
Location: Marcos Ave, Paoay, Ilocos Norte
Built: 1694-1710
Restored: Partially

Singapore

SE Asia is full of many breathtaking ruins from centuries ago. These are best ruins from each country in SE Asia.Courtesy of Flickr

Site: Fort Canning
Location: Fort Canning Hill
Built: 1859
Restored: Partially

ThailandSE Asia is full of many breathtaking ruins from centuries ago. These are best ruins from each country in SE Asia.

Site: Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon
Location: Ayutthaya
Built: 1357 AD
Restored: Partially

Vietnam

SE Asia is full of many breathtaking ruins from centuries ago. These are best ruins from each country in SE Asia.Courtesy of Flickr

Site: Mỹ Sơn Sanctuary
Location: Duy Phú, Duy Xuyên, Quảng Nam Province
Built: 4th-14th centuries
Restored: Partially

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23 Replies to “Top 10 Ruins of Southeast Asia”

  1. Jen

    Great photos! I particularly like the way you captured the awesome views of top 10 ruins of Southeast Asia. Thanks for sharing. How was your experience as you toured the place?

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  3. Jaime Nicole

    These are absolutely stunning ruins. I hope to travel to Asia one day – it’s definitely on my bucket list!

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  4. littlemisscant

    So beautiful! I could spend hours exploring those ruins and learning all about the rich history and the people who lived there. What a shame we don’t see buildings like that in our modern society!

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  5. Emma

    Beautiful beautiful ruins! Now I am curious of the stories behind these beautiful places/ruins. Angkor Wat in Cambodia and Buddha Park in Laos are my favorite. Thank you for sharing.

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