Experienced or casual travelers, we all have trips that we dream of doing, places touted by friends on their return from vacation, or discovered at the option of our readings. Some even make a list. We offer here our own list of the most fascinating and memorable places in the world, ranked according to their success with the Lonely Planet community. They will know how to challenge you, move you or simply make you want to share an experience.
So lets move on to 3 Best Destinations.
Temples of Angkor, the Hindu paradise on Earth (Cambodia)
The largest temple in the world dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu, dating from the twelfth century, Angkor Vat is a bit of a clue in Cambodia mostly Buddhist. Huge representation of Mount Meru, the stay of the Hindu gods, is the undisputed centerpiece of the site. It is composed of thousands of blocks of sandstone decorated with bas-reliefs so delicate and graceful that they seem sculpted by the gods; they illustrate the legends of Ramayana, Mahabharata and Puranas. This magnificent monument is the most precious vestige of a Hindu kingdom that once extended to Burma, Laos and southern China.
Even in Southeast Asia, so rich in temples, Angkor is out of the ordinary. This complex contains more than 1,000 temples, shrines, and tombs whose towers rise like those of a city lost in the jungle of northern Cambodia.
This is one of our 3 Best Destinations.
Great Barrier Reef, an underwater El Dorado (Australia)
Second place in our ranking is a natural wonder that stretches more than 3,000 km off Australia’s northeastern coast. No need to present the Great Barrier Reef. Just remember that it is the largest coral reef in the world, populated by 400 species of corals and 1500 species of fish. Some 30 species of whales, dolphins and porpoises have been identified, as well as 6 species of sea turtles and 17 varieties of marine snakes.
The reef may disappear or at least lose its splendor. The warming of the oceans is responsible for the bleaching and death of corals and there is no reason to believe that the phenomenon can be halted. For the moment, the reef remains an underwater paradise for divers and snorkelers. Even on the surface and off the coast of Queensland, this vital ecosystem captivates visitors with its abundant feathered fauna and countless tropical islands and beaches. This beauty is also one of our 3 Best Destinations
Great Wall of China, Imperial Wall (China)
Each country has its flagship monument; in China, this monument travels almost the whole country. The Great Wall is not a wall like the others, but an imposing maze of fortifications stretching 8,850 km through the rugged terrain of the north of the country. Built in successive phases over more than a millennium, the Great Wall ultimately failed in its mission – the fight against Mongol invasions – but became the emblem of the Ming Dynasty, the greatest power that ruled in the Far East. The advent of Mao Zedong.
Contrary to what is said, the Great Wall is not visible from space, but in front of this building that seems to extend as far as the eye can see, we could be convinced. A few souls roam the whole wall on foot, but even with just one section, you’ll be impressed by its indestructible aura. You will have the choice between imperial grandeur (near Beijing), military precision (Gansu) or ageless desolate landscapes (Inner Mongolia). You can never miss this out as this is definitely one of our 3 Best Destinations