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Wat Saman Rattanaram (Thailand) : The temple that owns the largest reclining Ganesha statue in Southeast Asia

Ganesha is depicted with an elephant head with two tusks, one of which is broken off. The image has four arms. In one hand...

Ong Phraya Sri Mukda Mahamuneenin Palnakkarat (Thailand) : The largest Naga statue in Southeast Asia

Phrachao Yai Kaeo Mukda Sitrairat is enshrined on top of the mountain, where the temple is situated. This giant Buddha statue, which can be...

Sumatran Rainforest (Indonesia) : The only natural habitat of the Sumatran orangutan in Southeast Asia

The 2.5 million hectare Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra site comprises three national parks: Gunung Leuser National Park, Kerinci Seblat National Park and Bukit...

Wat Mahathat (Thailand): Where the head of the Buddha growing in the roots of a banyan tree

Wat Phra Mahathat, Thailand, was a royal Temple of the Ayutthaya Kingdom. It is one of the oldest and most significant temples in the...

The oldest modern human fossil in Southeast Asia found in Tam Pa Ling Cave (Laos)

The scientists, who found the skull in 2009, were likely the first to dig for ancient bones in Laos since the early 1900s, when...

Inuka (Singapore): The only “tropical” polar bear in Southeast Asia

Inuka was born in the Singapore Zoo in 1990, the result of an extensive breeding program run by the zoo and was the first...

Friends of Asian Elephants Hospital (Thailand): Southeast Asian’s first elephant hospital

Friends of the Asian Elephant (FAE) is the World’s and Southeast Asia's First Elephant Hospital. Located in the MaeYao National Reserve of Lampang, Thailand,...

Capitol Theater (Singapore): The first theater in Southeast Asia to have a rotating floor system for multiple purposes

The beauty and heritage of Capitol Theatre is discernible from the minute you step in. A sense of taste, refinement and savoir-faire befitting its...

Ramkhamhaeng Inscription (Thailand) : The oldest surviving inscription of Thai writing system in Southeast Asia

Thai, which is sometimes referred to as Siamese, is part of the Tai language family. The languages in this family belong to the much...

Ah Meng (Singapore): The first and only orangutan to be awarded the title of “Tourism Ambassador” in Southeast Asia

Ah Meng was the head of her small clan, which lives in a large enclosure with about twenty other orangutans. She had five children,...

Phsar Thom Thmei (Cambodia) : The market with the largest dome in Southeast Asia

Before the completion of Phsar Thmei in 1937, the area on which the market now stands was occupied by a swamp fed by runoff...

Axie Infinity (Vietnam): The first blockchain game to reach $1 billion in revenue in Southeast Asia

NFTs have risen radically in popularity over the past couple of years, but especially during the pandemic. Their volume surged to a whopping $2.5...

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Tree Top Walk Sungai Sedim (Malaysia) : The longest rainforest canopy walk in Southeast Asia

It is located in the unspoiled scenery of Sungai Sedim Recreational Park, about 30 minutes drive from the town of Kulim in Kedah. It took...

Vietnam-Malaysia-India container shipping route inaugurated

A VIMC representative said the route is expected to ease pressure on cargo transportation, stabilise the supply of transport services and support domestic firms. On...

Ho Tzu Nyen (Singapore) : The first person to create a dictionary made of short films about Southeast Asia

His work in Critical Dictionary of Southeast Asia brings together fact and myth to mobilize different understandings of Southeast Asia's history, politics, and religion,...

Home of Heroes (Cambodia) : Southeast Asia’s first retirement home for bomb-sniffing dogs

“These dogs have spent their lives travelling the world, finding explosives after wars and saving hundreds of lives. They are heroes,” says Yulia Khouri,...