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  • National Museum (Bangkok, Thailand): From prehistory to recent events, this museum -- the former palace of the brother of King Rama I -- answers many questions about Thai history and culture through the ages.

  • Vietnam National Museum of Fine Arts (Hanoi, Vietnam): This large colonial house has a nice collection of newer works and historic pieces.

  • Cham Museum (Danang, Vietnam): This open-air colonial structure houses the largest collection of Cham sculpture in the world. Not only are relics of this ancient Hindu-inspired culture rare, but the religious artwork itself -- more than 300 pieces of sandstone -- is also voluptuous, captivating, and intense.

  • National Museum (Phnom Penh, Cambodia): Don't miss this repository for the statues and relief sculpture that have been recovered from the Angkor temples and other ancient sites throughout Cambodia.

  • Tuol Sleng, Museum of Genocide (Phnom Penh, Cambodia): Be warned that a visit here is quite intense -- too much for some. The museum is the shell of Cambodia's largest prison from 1975 to 1979, when the entire country was turned into a concentration camp.

  • Peranakan Museum (Singapore): This brand-new display is the only museum in the world solely devoted to Peranakan culture, a subculture of intermarriage that is unique to Southeast Asia.

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