In a world where life seems so fast-paced and dynamic, where it appears that places are becoming more and more reachable because of the improvement in access to transportation, we were able to find several places that have been considered as lost. These are ancient cities around Asia that are definitely worth checking out, as they are sure to bring you back in time because of how they managed to survive the test of time and tell their story.
1. Hoi An, Vietnam
Not many people know of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located in Vietnam’s Quang Nam province, the ancient city of Hoi An has a population of only 120,000. It is historically known as Faifoo and was once a major port.
Centuries have passed but Hoi An has retained its old charm and exceptionally well-preserved architecture. The Thu Bon River has seen its share of busy trade. The trading centre was found in the Town of Cham at the mouth of the river between the 16th and 17th centuries. This was where the Portuguese, Dutch, and Chinese came and traded with one another.
Make sure to visit The Old Town Hoi An. The historic district of the city is well known for its temples, Japanese merchant houses, and modern tourist businesses. There are museums to visit as well. Ride a bike and go around the old beaten path of this old port.
2. Sukhothai, Thailand
The ancient city of Sukhothai may be in ruins, but it is still worth the five-hour drive. The first ancient capital of Siam was the seat of power from 1238 to 1438. The site is now a vast park, and going around the “Dawn of Happiness” on foot or by bike gives you a picture of the area’s heyday.
Situated in a rectangular walled complex, what remains of the great capital are the ruins of about 26 temples and the royal palace. Visit the largest of the temples, Wat Mahathat, which served as the main temple of the great city where several relics of Buddha are enshrined. To get to see the white giant Buddha, walk or pedal towards Wat Si Chum Temple.