Everyone wants to travel the world and visit the beautiful sites, but with so many places to visit where do you start? The world is full of beautiful places that most of us don’t even know about. From breath-taking waterfalls and jaw-dropping natural wonders to mysterious lost cities and quaint landmarks, you’re never short on things to see or do.
Shortlisting the 10 most beautiful places in the world is certainly not easy, and visiting all those beautiful places that this planet has to offer could take a lifetime, possibly more. There are countless unknown treasures waiting to be explored within each mountain valley and around the bend of every forest trail. I’ve done my best, laboriously looking at thousands of amazing photos, to choose a variety of the most beautiful places in the world. But by no means is this list exhaustive!
Here we come to you with the list of top 10 most Beautiful, incredibly super awesome places to visit around the world, before you die.
10. Most beautiful RETREAT: The Gili Islands, Indonesia
The name “Gili Islands” is a misnomer, because Gili simply means “small island” in Sasak. As a result, most of the islands around the coast of Lombok have Gili in their names, although confusion is averted by referring to the other Gilis around the Lombok coast by their proper names only. The Indonesian word for water is Air and Gili Air was named for being the only island of the three to have subterranean fresh water. This is acknowledged as a finite resource with some resorts and restaurants shipping in the water from the mainland. Perfectly clear water with beautiful white sand beaches (if not a bit coral-ly), a heavenly night market (complete with massive fresh tuna steaks for $5 and the best saté in the world), and no motorized vehicles allowed! The Gili islands, only a short distance away from Bali, Indonesia, is the perfect place to relax. You’ll go for a few days, and end up staying for weeks!
9. Most Beautiful RUINS: Ta Prohm at Angkor Wat, Cambodia
If you love the eerie beauty of abandoned places, you need to visit this ancient Buddhist monastery. Ta Prohm temple became part of the jungle once the Khmer Empire fell in the 15th century. The ancient Khmer temple Ta Prohm, located at the Angkor Wat complex in Cambodia, is truly one of the most magnificent sights to see in the world! The tangle of silk-cotton tree roots melting over the temple walls is as beautiful as it is eerie. And it doesn’t hurt that “Tomb Raider” was filmed here.
8. Most Beautiful WATERFALL: Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
No list of the most beautiful places in the world would ever be complete without mentioning Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia. This mesmerizing park is the largest national park in the country and is most famous for its 16 crystalline lakes that join one another through a series of cascades and waterfalls. You explore the park via 18 kms of wooden pathways and footbridges that snake their way around the edges and across the waterfalls to offer unparalleled views of the area. Clouds of colorful butterflies also keep you company throughout your hike. No wonder that Plitvice Lakes manages to attract as many as 1,200,000 people per year. The country’s largest national park is a cascading series of waterfalls, caves, and pools that are home to an enormous wildlife population While summer’s the most popular time to visit, the frozen cataracts are equally stunning come winter.
7. Most Beautiful DIVE SPOT: Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Originally I had hoped to find another spot to showcase, but how can you deny the overwhelming beauty and diversity of the world’s largest coral reef, the Great Barrier Reef? It can be seen from outer space, AND is the world’s biggest single structure made by living organisms. A diver’s ultimate fantasy .Diverse aquatic species include leatherback turtles and clown fish, the Great Barrier Reef needs no introduction. The world’s largest coral reef system composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2,300 kilometres over an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometres (133,000 sq mi).
6. Most Beautiful GARDEN: Keukenhof Gardens, the Netherlands
Known affectionately as the “Garden of Europe”, Keukenhof in the Netherlands is one of the world’s largest flower gardens, situated in Lisse, South Holland, Netherlands. According to the official website for the Keukenhof Park, approximately 7 million flower bulbs are planted annually in the park, which covers an area of 32 hectares (79 acres).
Keukenhof is located in South Holland, south of Haarlem and southwest of Amsterdam. It is accessible by bus from the train stations of Haarlem, Leiden and Schiphol. It is located in an area called the “Dune and Bulb Region”. Keukenhof is open annually from mid-March to mid-May. The best time to view the tulips is around mid-April, depending on the weather.
5. Most beautiful MOUNTAIN: Kirkjufell, Iceland
Kirkjufell is a 463 m high mountain on the north coast of Iceland’s Snæfellsnes peninsula, near the town of Grundarfjörður. Seen here with the Northern Lights, Kirkjufell Mountain in western Iceland rises up as a pinnacle alongside the fjord. The surroundings are capped off with a rushing waterfall, cascading into a river flowing into the ocean water. A truly magical sight.It is claimed to be the most photographed mountain in the country. Kirkjufell was one of the filming locations for Game of Thrones season 6 and 7, featuring as the “arrowhead mountain” that the Hound and the company north of the Wall see when capturing a wight.
4. Most beautiful TOWN: Sapa, Vietnam
The rice terraces surrounding Sapa, nestled along the Chinese border in northern Vietnam, are as impressive as they are surreal. The picturesque mountainside is the perfect example of people physically shaping the land around them.
3. Most beautiful BEACH: Whitehaven beach, Australia
It’s easy to see why the Whitehaven Beach ranks among the most photographed beaches in the world. Whitehaven Beach is known for its white sands. The magnificent 7 km stretch of white sand that feels like your own private slice of heaven presents an aura of peace and serenity, letting you experience relaxation at its very best. The beach is accessible via boat from Hamilton Island and the ports of Shute Harbour and Airlie Beach. With seven kilometres of 98% silica snow-white sand, Whitehaven beach in Australia looks like paradise on Earth. Accessible only by boat, it has been named both Australia’s cleanest beach (2008), and the world’s most eco-friendly beach (2010). To enjoy the best view of Whitehaven Beach, make your way to Tongue Point. Dogs are not permitted on the beach and cigarette smoking is prohibited. Time your trip with a low tide and you’ll get to see a mesmerizing fusion of colors that always promises the grandest of views.
2. Most Beautiful FOREST: Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia, Canada
The Great Bear Rainforest is a temperate rain forest on the Pacific coast of British Columbia, Canada comprising 6.4 million hectares. It is part of the larger Pacific temperate rainforest ecoregion, which is the largest coastal temperate rainforest in the world. Lush with crawling moss, towering Western Red Cedar, and sprawling ferns, Great Bear is also home to the Kermode bears, also known as “Spirit Bears”. One out of ten of this subspecies of North American Black Bear has white or cream-coloured fur, due to recessive alleles common in the population. Definitely my spirit animal!
1. Most Beautiful LAKE: Five Flower Lake, China (Wuhua Lake)
Tucked along the edge of the Tibetan Plateau, Five Flower Lake looks like something out of a fairytale. The multi-coloured lake is crystalline; the bottom crisscrossed with ancient fallen trees. The pride of Jiuzhai Valley, Five-Flower Lake lies at the end of the upper reach of Peacock River, 2,472 meters (about 8,110 feet) above the sea level and five meters (about 16 feet) in depth. Most of the colorful leaves are gathered in the lakefront and interlaced as brocades. The water that contains calcium carbonate as well as hydrophytes with different colors presents a versicolor sight, azure blue, blackish green and light yellow, etc, so it is named Five-Flower Lake. The local people say that it is a holy lake, and where there is the water, there must be flourishing flowers and trees. When looking down from the mountain, you will find that the lake with hills on three sides is just like a huge upended cucurbit pouring colorful water to the lower place.
Peculiarly, there is a pattern of a deer’s leg in the abdomen of the cucurbit, 10 meters (about 33 feet) or so. The whole pattern is light green, while the middle part presents dark green due to the quincunx-shaped pits of the terrain of the lake bed. So the pattern is really like a spotted deer. The legend said that the deity of all mountains hurt the holy deer that belonged to the King of Forest by mistake when he was seeking for water source in the mountain. The King of Forest was so furious that he chased the deity on the holy deer and wanted to kill him. Other deities cut off one leg of the deer in order to help the deity of all mountains. Then the holy deer fell down and became the colorful lake.
A visit in autumn as the leaves change is truly remarkable. Who knew nature had such a colorful palette!