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1. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 8y

Angkor WATT not on the same league. (or anything on Seam Reap)

The THAT LUANG in Vientiane is just so beautiful ,especially at night!

Doi suthep in Chiang Mai does not come close to this Golden structure.

2. Posted by thejohn (Full Member 13 posts) 8y

I think Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon would rank highly on this list for S.E. Asia. It's absolutely massive and I think it contains at least 4 Buddhist relics. I have also been to Pha That Luang and although it is good, it is nowhere near as impressive.

Angkor Wat is just plain massive, I'm not sure if you can compare it. It's a Buddhist / Hindi combo and is big because it was built for a king. It has got a lot of national significance to the Cambodians but I'm not sure if it is that religiously significant.

3. Posted by Budai (Respected Member 506 posts) 8y

Ill second that one on the Shwedagon, it was just magical in the evening when the crowds come in to pray and push brooms clockwise around the stupa to ritually sweep away bad luck. Angkor Wat was pretty amazing too - i liked the incomplete Ta Keo the most, and the Preah Rup at the edge of the Grand Circuit. I would think that the Borobudur in Indonesia is quite stunning too though i havent been there. Pha That Luang's nice, but close up its a bit, um, disappointing, to say...

4. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1836 posts) 8y

Will be going to Jogjakarta next month just to see Borobudur......

5. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru 664 posts) 8y

You will not be disappointed with Borobudur, especially if you go for sunrise. It is stunning and is one of the highlights of our two years away!

6. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 8y

Quoting thejohn

Angkor Wat is just plain massive, I'm not sure if you can compare it. It's a Buddhist / Hindi combo and is big because it was built for a king. It has got a lot of national significance to the Cambodians but I'm not sure if it is that religiously significant.

Unlike the pyramids of Egypt, the people of Cambodia still pray in Angkor wat, the largest religious complex in the world.

7. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 8y

Quoting loubylou

You will not be disappointed with Borobudur, especially if you go for sunrise. It is stunning and is one of the highlights of our two years away!

People say that after Angkor most temples including Borobudur are just temples.

8. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 8y

I am in LAOS, but I don't know if LP is worth my money.

I could go to PHI PHI island if I skip LP.

ALL i see in the post card are monks and monks and a temple.

There are temples in Vientiane and I did spent 3 weeks in Chiang mai.

will I regret it? I love Tha Luang and I didn't know existed till I got here.

9. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru 664 posts) 8y

Quoting Swept Away

Quoting loubylou

You will not be disappointed with Borobudur, especially if you go for sunrise. It is stunning and is one of the highlights of our two years away!

People say that after Angkor most temples including Borobudur are just temples.

We agree with those people that say that...until that is, we saw Borobudur. There was something quite mystical about the temple at sunrise with the backdrop of some of the most active volcanoes in Indonesia. We are not big temple people at all after seeing Angkor but really enjoyed Borobudur.

As to your question about skipping Luang Prabang...it depends on what you want to do, if you think you will be happy lying on a beach then do it. You shouldn't 'do' things or places because you feel you 'should'.

10. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 8y

Quoting loubylou

Quoting Swept Away

Quoting loubylou

You will not be disappointed with Borobudur, especially if you go for sunrise. It is stunning and is one of the highlights of our two years away!

People say that after Angkor most temples including Borobudur are just temples.

We agree with those people that say that...until that is, we saw Borobudur. There was something quite mystical about the temple at sunrise with the backdrop of some of the most active volcanoes in Indonesia. We are not big temple people at all after seeing Angkor but really enjoyed Borobudur.

As to your question about skipping Luang Prabang...it depends on what you want to do, if you think you will be happy lying on a beach then do it. You shouldn't 'do' things or places because you feel you 'should'.

I should get a travel award for resisting LP. I am officially sick thai looking temples.
I may go to Vang Vien tomorrow. But is there other then TUBING???

If accomodations (single rooms are cheap), I will stay longer. I will travel with friends. But they will go to LP. I am not interested in seeing monks and temples.

I think the 4,000 islands is great? you guys think so? Can I enter Thailand from that area south of Laos???