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View Poll Results: Best Asian Country for Ancient Temples?
Burma (Myanmar) 5 17.86%
Cambodia 6 21.43%
Indonesia 3 10.71%
Laos 1 3.57%
Malaysia 1 3.57%
Thailand 10 35.71%
Vietnam 2 7.14%
Voters: 28. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 02-02-2013, 08:21 PM
 
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Wow,
Thank you very much for all of the insights and suggestions, everyone!

I do find myself interested in Cambodia and Myanmar...so maybe flying into Thailand and traveling to one/both of those countries is an option. I will look into that now.

Thank you! I will be posting back here after my trip with photos, for sure
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Old 02-03-2013, 01:24 PM
 
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To me Thai/Lao temples aren't exactly same as Cambodian temples.

Cambodian


Thai and Lao

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Chinese


It obviously that Thai/Lao temples look like mixed element between Chinese and Cambodian. Chinese looks complately Northeast Asian, while Cambodian looks complately Southeast Asian. Thai/Lao is obviously mixed of both, maybe result of originally Thai/Dai people are originated in China but moved into Southeast Asia recently in 13th century. So they are still hold some Northeast Asian elements with them. While Cambodian are originally Southeast Asian at first place.

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Old 02-03-2013, 01:56 PM
 
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Burmese temples (similar to Thai/Lao or Chinese temples but look a bit more Hindu)


Indonesian/Malaysian temples (kind of close to Cambodian temples in my opinion)


I think in overall Cambodian,Indonesian/Malaysian are besically related because all of them are aboriginal of Southeast Asia. For Burmese,Thai/Lao they are originated in China but moved into Southeast Asia in late centuries around 12-13 century.

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Old 02-03-2013, 05:04 PM
 
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Burmese temples (similar to Thai/Lao or Chinese temples but look a bit more Hindu)


Indonesian/Malaysian temples (kind of close to Cambodian temples in my opinion)


I think in overall Cambodian,Indonesian/Malaysian are besically related because all of them are aboriginal of Southeast Asia. For Burmese,Thai/Lao they are originated in China but moved into Southeast Asia in late centuries around 12-13 century.
That's where you're wrong, the original maritime Southeast Asia are the Negrito/Australoids, but they are not the ones that built such world wonders.
People from Asia migrated to the islands, populated and made kingdoms.
Angkor Wat is influenced by Javanese Kingdom, so are other temples in maritime Southeast Asia + South Thailand and Malaysia.

But to answer the OP question, I say fly to Thailand, let that be the center of your travelings. There are low budget airlines everywhere so traveling by air won't be a problem.

The question for you is, what kind of temples do you want to visit? Theravada Buddhism, Mahayana Buddhism or Hinduism? Or even Shintoism?
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Old 02-03-2013, 10:25 PM
 
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Hi,
You forget one country "India". Lot and Lot of Temples there. After this i may prefer Cambodia . Angor wat is the best example .
Hello Jonney it is fantastic weather in June and after in India.

Happy holidays

Regards,
Roger
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Old 02-04-2013, 08:30 AM
 
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Thanks for the enlightening discussion, everyone!

Thank you Roger for suggesting India. I need to learn more about India too, I am sure there are many wonderful temples in South India and other areas!

Susu, I'm interested in visiting temples of all kinds, but mainly Theraveda and Hindu. I really like the ancient temple ruin appearance (like Angkor Wat or Borobudur) as opposed to the shiny and new temples.
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Old 02-04-2013, 08:51 AM
 
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I am wondering why China isn't on your list. Lots of ancient temples in China.
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:13 AM
 
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Thanks for the enlightening discussion, everyone!

Thank you Roger for suggesting India. I need to learn more about India too, I am sure there are many wonderful temples in South India and other areas!

Susu, I'm interested in visiting temples of all kinds, but mainly Theraveda and Hindu. I really like the ancient temple ruin appearance (like Angkor Wat or Borobudur) as opposed to the shiny and new temples.
Angkor Wat is a Hindu temple, if you're looking for such ruins I say go to Java then go to Bali.
http://touristspot.ruvenga.com/wp-co...an-temple1.jpg
Prambanan Hindu temple in Java, near Borobudur.
http://baligolfcourses.com/wp-conten...a-besakih1.jpg
One of the many Hindu temples in bali

For Theravada temples go to Myanmar.
http://www.uploadimages4free.com/upl..._1984-5044.jpg
http://us.123rf.com/400wm/400/400/rc...3-by-king-.jpg
http://famouswonders.com/wp-content/...an-temples.jpg

Temples besides Angkor Wat in Cambodia:
4 Cambodian temples that aren't Angkor Wat | CNN Travel

I think you need to chose between Cambodia and Indonesia, but you have to visit Myanmar.
Cambodia will be more convenient as it's closer to Myanmar, but Indonesia has more temples (on different islands) I believe.

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Old 02-05-2013, 12:13 PM
 
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I wish I could go back in time to see how the performance of temple rites on a massive scale. It must have been an awesome experience back then.
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Old 04-30-2013, 05:02 AM
 
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