Asia Cruise Yearbook : ASEAN Yearbook 2018
UNESCO SITES ASEAN CRUISE DIRECTORY 2018/2019 23 THAILAND HISTORIC CITY OF AYUTTHAYA / 1991 • Founded around the year 1350, Ayutthaya was the second Siamese capital, and from the 13th to the 18th century it was one of the world’s largest urban areas and a key centre of global commerce. It was destroyed by the Burmese in 1767 and was never rebuilt, but what remains is a fascinating archaeological site in a key position in the middle of three rivers. Still standing are the monumental Buddhist monasteries and the unique hydraulic system. VIETNAM HOI AN / 1999 • The picturesque old town of Hoi An is a beautifully preserved former trading port, featuring elements of Chinese, Japanese and European influence from centuries of international trading. The cobbled pedestrian-only streets of the Ancient Town are laid out in a grid and lined with traditional wooden shopfronts, residences, religious sites and riverside markets. At night, coloured lanterns hang in the trees lining the riverbanks and bridges, and children float candles down the river. While they are considered to be one UNESCO site, Melaka and George Town are two separate cities, some 500 kilometres apart on the coast of Malaysia.
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