10 MOST BREATHTAKING PLACES TO VISIT IN 2017
There are so many beautiful places on earth it will probably take an average person several lifetimes to visit them all. As a tribute to these wonders of the world, here is a list of the 10 most breathtaking places to visit in 2017.
The Temples of Bagan, Myanmar
Located on the banks of the Irrawaddy River, Bagan was once the capital of Myanmar. The ancient city has the largest concentration of Buddhist temples, most of which dating back to the 13th and 11th centuries. Of the over 10,000 temples, pagodas and stupas built, over 2,200 of them still rise above the surrounding forest today.
Zhangye Danxia Landform, China
Renowned for its multi-coloured mountains and valleys, the Rainbow Mountains of Zhangye Danxia are geological wonders. The dramatic hues are the result of trace minerals within the sandstones, which paint the sand red, green and yellow. The site is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and remains a definitive destinations for many photographers.
Northern Lights, Iceland
Natural colours exist not only on earth but in heaven too. If you visit Iceland between September to mid-April where there are full dark nights, you may be delighted by the Aurora Borealis, or commonly known as the Northern Lights. Among the most spectacular phenomena in the world, the display of colours within the arctic sky is sure to blow you away.
Blue Mosque, Turkey
With its grand architecture, curvaceous exterior and majestic domes, the Blue Mosque in Istanbul is unrivalled in its beauty and popularity. It is so popular that admission is controlled in order to preserve its sacred atmosphere. Besides being an active mosque, it is also a tomb of the founder Ahmed I, a madrasa and a hospice.
Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Japan
Walking through the towering stalks of bamboos in the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove in Kyoto is like being in an alternate universe. With nothing but bamboos miles ahead of you, you get the opportunity to meditate on its natural serene beauty as you watch the sunlight dances with the shadows.
Angkor Wat, Cambodia
You can't visit Cambodia without a trip to the awe-inspiring Angkor Wat. Sprawling over 402 acres, Angkor Wat offers the best of Khmer Empire's art and architecture in the 12th century. It is listed as a World Heritage Site and voted by Lonely Planet as the world's number one destination.
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Located in Northeast Vietnam, Halong Bay is best known for its clear, blue waters and limestone islands. Another World Heritage Site, it is a popular travel destination for both local and international tourists.
This city on water never loses its charm and romance, and remains a dream destination for many people. Venice is built on 118 small islands and separated by a vast network of canals. From the Central Square, Piazza San Marcos to St Mark's Basilica, it offers plenty of sight-seeing and shopping activities.
With its pristine turquoise lagoons, an amazing underwater world and stunning white-sand beaches, Maldives is undoubtedly a slice of paradise in the Indian Ocean. Its unparalleled beauty helps claim its spot as the choice destination for the honeymooners.
If you are still planning where to go in this brand new year why not consider the above?