Tourist Top 10 Bucket List 2018 | Our following 10 favorite sights you should better have visited before you die:
Angkor Wat, Cambodia
No. 1: Angkor Wat, Cambodia | Angkor Wat (Khmer: អង្គរវត្ត) is a temple complex in the central region of Cambodia – the largest religious monument in the world. It was constructed as a Hindu temple of god Vishnu for the Khmer Empire in the 9th century, but gradually transformed into a Buddhist temple towards the end of the 12th century. As with most other ancient temples in Cambodia, Angkor Wat has faced extensive damage and deterioration by a combination of plant overgrowth, fungi, ground movements, war damage and theft. But it is safe to say that most of this damage could be stopped by the site’s nomination as UNESCO World Heritage in 1992. Angkor Wat is instrumental in the formation of a modern and gradually globalized concept of cultural heritage.
Son Doong Cave, Vietnam
No, 2: Son Doong Cave, Vietnam | Traveling to Vietnam might not be at the top of too many tourist bucket lists. The country is crowded and its tourist highlight Halong Bay is no exception. But here comes a new one: Vietnam is home to the biggest cave in the world – Son Doong Cave. This limestone cave is nothing but huge. Large enough to fit a 40-story skyscraper. It was discovered in 1991. Total length: 9 km. Inside is a large, fast-flowing subterranean river. In 2009 the cave become internationally known after a group of scientists from the British Cave Research Association conducted a survey in Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng. Their progress was stopped by a large, 60m high calcite wall, which was named the Great Wall of Vietnam. It was traversed in 2010 when the group reached the end of the cave passage. The cave is punctuated by 2 large dolines (areas where the ceiling of the cave has collapsed). These dolines allow sunlight to enter sections of the cave which has resulted in the growth of trees as well as other vegetation. No phantasy movie could do it better.
Tourism officially started in 2013. The first tourist group explored the cave on a guided tour at a cost of US$3,000 each. Permits are required to access Son Doong Cave These permits are available on a very limited basis. There were just 800 permits given out in the 2017 season, which did run from February to August. After August, heavy rains caused river levels to rise and made the cave largely inaccessible.
Great Wall, China
No. 3: Great Wall, China | The Great Wall of China is the largest building in the world, a building nobody is able to see entirely. If you want to challenge my words, prepare to walk 8,850 kilometers. That would cover the remains, not the initial maximum length: Archaeological surveys found that the entire wall system with all of its branches measured some whooping 21,196 km in length. In order to accomplish this in the United States you would have to build five walls from the East Coast to the West Coast.
Yellowstone NP, United States
No. 4: Yellowstone NP, United States | If geysirs, grizzlies, bisons, wolfs and volcanoes are your kind of thing, don’t miss out on this national park. Camping is available at a dozen campgrounds with more than 2,000 campsites. Camping is also available in surrounding National Forests, as well as in Grand Teton National Park to the south. Backcountry campsites are accessible only by foot or by horseback and require a permit. There are 1,800 km of hiking trails available. Promised: you will meet your grizzly at some point. Prepare to run.
Great Barrier Reef, Australia
No. 5: Great Barrier Reef, Australia | Hurry up. This natural wonder might be gone sooner than you can imagine. Scientific reports from 2016 and 2017 stated that coral bleaching was much more widespread than previously thought, seriously affecting the northern parts of the Great Barrie Reef as a result of warming ocean temperatures.
Wulingyuan NP, China
No. 6: Wulingyuan NP, China | Wulingyuan National Park (Chinese: 武陵源) is a very scenic site in south-central China’s Hunan Province. It was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. What’s so cool about it: more than 3,000 quartzite sandstone pillars peak across most of this site, many over 200m in height, along with many ravines and gorges with beautiful streams, pools, lakes, rivers and waterfalls. A highlight at Wulingyuan National Park are 40 caves and two natural bridges (Xianrenqiao and Tianqiashengkong).
Machu Picchu, Peru
No. 7: Machu Picchu, Peru | Hidden from the public eye for centuries, Machu Picchu is a major tourist site nowadays. Most archaeologists believe that Machu Picchu was built as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti (1438–1472). It is the most familiar icon of Inca civilization. The Incas built this estate around 1450 but abandoned it a century later at the time of the Spanish invasion. Although known locally, it was not known to the Spanish invaders during their colonial period and remained unknown to the outside world until American historian Hiram Bingham brought it to international attention in 1911. Don’t go there if you have problems with high altitude. This 15th-century Inca citadel situated on a mountain ridge 2,430 metres above sea level!
Iguazu Waterfalls, Argentina/Brazil
No. 8: Iguazu Waterfalls, Argentina/Brazil | The Iguazu Falls are the largest waterfalls system in the world. From both Brazil and Argentina, tourists have direct access, and Paraguay is just 15 km away. Means, the crowd you will face is truly international. There are two international airports close to Iguazú Falls: the Argentine Cataratas del Iguazú International Airport (IGR) and the Brazilian Foz do Iguaçu International Airport (IGU). Argentina’s airport is 25 km from the city of Iguazu, but is closer to the falls hotels than its Brazilian counterpart. There are bus and taxi services from and to the Airport-Falls. Brazil’s airport is between Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil, and the falls. Aerolíneas Argentinas and LATAM Argentina have direct flights from Buenos Aires to Iguazu International Airport Krause. Azul, GOL, and LATAM Brasil offer services from main Brazilian cities to Foz do Iguaçu.
Milford Sound, New Zealand
No. 9: Milford Sound in New Zealand | Milford Sound is a fiord in the south west of New Zealand’s South Island within Fiordland National Park. In 2008 it has been judged the world’s top travel destination in an international survey (the 2008 Travelers’ Choice Destinations Awards by TripAdvisor). This spectacular national park is largely inaccessible unless you take a scenic flight or hike one of its tracks.
Milford. This small village lies under the shadow of the remarkable Mitre Peak and is the launching place for cruises on Milford Sound. There is not much in Milford besides an information point, café and accommodation, so bring food with you if you plan to stay for the night.
This is the finishing point of what many consider to be the greatest walk in the world – the Milford Track. The popularity of the Milford Track means you must book well in advance. The Milford Sound is one of the wettest areas in the world, so take good wet-weather gear and plenty of insect repellent for those pesky sand flies.
Tourist Top 10 Bucket List 2018:
No. 10: Tiger-Safari in Ranthambore, India | We have dedicated an entire blog post to the Ranthambore National Park. This post will be published on April 4, 2018. Stay tuned.
Tourist Top 10 Bucket List 2018. By Chili and Churp | © International Destinations | Take a look at last year’s Top 10 Bucket List -> Top 10 Bucket List 2017