The Leshan Giant Buddha is a statue carved straight from the cliff on the river of the Sichuan province in China near Leshan. The largest stone Buddha in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Started construction in 713, the finished Buddha was then covered in a wooden covering plated with gold but looted by the Mongols after. Since then the statue has been exposed as shown in the photo.
Innsbruck is a city in Western Austria with a history of inhabitance since the Stone Age. Located ideally and beautifully high mountains this capital city is popular for skiing in winter and mountaineering in the warmer months – although due to the mountain arrangements, skiing is possibly even during the summer. In fact, the Winter Olympic Games have been held at Innsbruck twice. But more than just sports, Innsbruck is an exceedingly scenic and historic city that can be fully enjoyed with or without any sort of interest in sports. A very popular travel destination amongst fellow Europeans and afar.
Trollstigen (translated as “Trolls’ Path” in English) is a popular mountain travel destination in Norway. Unlike most for tourism mountains, Trollstigen is known for its driving road, a very twisty serpentine road (also great for backpacking / hiking). But more than that, the insanely steep incline of the mountain is at just 9%. The peak of the mountain is at about an impressive 850 meters with a new tourist facility, museum and a beautiful (and scary) viewing deck overlooking the edge of the mountain top.
South Korea isn’t one of the more popular destinations in Asia but it is steadily growing. One of the reasons may be because of their food (BBQ and kimchee) but to others its the rich drinking culture. But if your in Hongdae, an area within Seoul, then its all about the clubbing. The nightlife here rivals anywhere else in the world. There are countless clubs and bars littered all through Hongdae with the streets filled with partiers whenever its night. Its a real treat to even get a glimpse of the madness and must travel experience to party in Hongdae.
The Eiffel Tower needs no introduction as one of the most recognizable structures in the world and one of the most visited as well. Essentially its just a giant antenna but a beautiful and historic one. Looking up from afar or climbing the Eiffel Tower alone is worth the trip, but its just more than a huge structure like a few restaurants and multiple levels of panoramic viewpoints of Paris and France that are breathtaking.
The Hallelujah Mountains in the movie “Avatar” is one of the most incredible landscapes to be visualized, fiction or not and the closes place on this planet to that is the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. Some of the quartz-sandstone pillars reach heights of over 1000 meters which towers over some of the world’s tallest buildings. Located in the Wulingyuan Scenic Area in China, this magical travel destination is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Salar de Uyuni is one of the most exotic and surreal travel destinations in the world. In reality, its just a massive (10,582 square kilometers) deposit of salt in Bolivia. But that’s exactly why Salar de Uyuni has this incredible look. But its more than just salt like prehistoric lakes and a breeding ground for pink flamingos and other unique species. This is probably the most alien looking location on this planet.
Taipei has one of the most convenient, safe and well made subway systems in the world but forget about it and ride their YouBike transportation system instead. Just swipe the same metro card for the subway on these YouBike hubs and bike your way around the city for free. Well free for the first 30 minutes and just 35 cents for every other half hour from then on. These bikes are surprisingly great quality, comfortable, have a built in lock and ride on 3 gears and have a handy basket attached.
On top of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel is a park called SkyPark, in that park is the famed Infinity Pool. Probably the coolest swimming pool in the world. Situated on the rooftop at 265 meters, the 215th tallest building in the world. The view is unrivaled in all of Singapore with the pool sitting right on the edge of the building. The SkyPark is open to non-hotel guests but not the pool. Even if you don’t dip in for a swim, the view alone is worth the trip.
The Siem Reap Province in Cambodia has one of the most amazing travel attractions in the world, Angkor Wat, but overshadowed by this temple is Kampong Phluk, an authentic floating village. Yes, its an active and lively village thats literally floating on water. Schools, farms, livestock, homes, shops and even hostels can be found at Kampong Phluk. This is one unique travel destination not to be missed. Take an inexpensive boat tour with a local and really see the village, awesome.
While sushi wasn’t invented by the Japanese, they are the best at it. At the right restaurant in Tokyo, it can be like eating edible pieces of artwork. Sure it can be expensive and not filling, but hey its about the experience right? This is a must do whether or not your into sushi or not. In fact, eating a pro crafted dish of some sushi may tingle your taste buds to love sushi, but with sushi, its also as much about the texture. For all you foodie travelers, this is a must try travel experience. There’s not sushi like sushi in Tokyo.
The beauty of the destructive power of nature made The Twelve Apostles what they are. Located in Victoria, Australia, The Twelve Apostles formed from a former cliff which turned to a cave then the 12 stones stacks – all from waves, erosion and time. Actually, its now only 8 as again, erosion and nature naturally destroyed it. So travel to Port Campbell National Park and visit the beautiful The Beautiful Twelve Apostles before they are all gone!
In the film ‘The Beach‘ starring Leonardo DiCaprio, theres the most amazing beach that the movie centers on – the perfectest beach, actually. That beach is called Maya Bay and located on the tropical island of Koh Phi Phi Ley in Southern Thailand. The movie came out over 10 years ago before tourism jacked the place up. However, the country has made the entire island a national park, so there are no shops, vehicles or hotels littered anywhere on Maya Bay.
What if there was a place in this world where you can step into a tiger’s cage and pet him like it was your own dog or cat? Well that place is called Tiger Kingdom and its located in northern Thailand. Tiger Kingdom is totally legal, completely safe and the animals are well taken care of. You have the choice of visiting small cubs to full size adults for relatively cheap. Placed in the countryside just outside of Chiang Mai, way beyond the craziness of Bangkok.
In the middle of the bustling city of Istanbul, Turkey is the grandest of all markets, the Grand Bazaar. This popular travel destination is good for shoppers and non-shoppers alike due to the shear experience of going through this half century old “shopping-mall-market”. Seen in countless films and stories, the Grand Bazaar deserves its name. While the merchandise isn’t as varied and unique in this market as it used to be, shopping to some can be secondary to sightseeing at the Grand Bazaar.
Just a short boat ride from Bali, Indonesia are an archipelago of 3 tiny islands called the Gili Islands. As far as tropical paradises go, this is probably the most beautiful in all of Indonesia and certainly one of the most in all of the world. Flawless and pretty water, white as white sands on islands that have no motorized vehicles. That’s paradise. To top it off, its incredibly cheap, even for Indonesia. The 3 Gili Islands are equally beautiful and each offer something a little different.
Drugs in Taiwan carry extremely long prison terms, even for marijuana – same goes for Bali but somehow magic mushrooms there are completely legal. Taiwan is similar in that they these relatively unknown drug called “betel nuts” are also completely legal yet has some pretty strong effect. Betel nuts in Taipei are usually used by blue collar workers with long hours that need stronger than coffee energy boosts. Its mostly natural but very effective, like a weak version of cocaine.
There’s no shortage of amazing landscape in New Zealand as the world now knows because of The Lord Of The Rings films, but the Cathedral Cove was actually featured in a different one, The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian. Also known as Te Whanganui-A-Hei Marine Reserve, this cave in the photo is where you want to go in the massive 2,100 acre space, but that there’s much more to it than that like Mare’s Leg Cove and Stingray Bay.
Up there with the Great Pyramids, Angkor Wat is one of the most amazing human built anything in the world. This ancient 12th century temple complex is the largest and also one of the most well kept. An obvious choice for a UNESCO World Heritage Site and potential World Wonder, Angkor Wat is a must see and experience tourist attraction. Located just outside of a wonderful city in Cambodia named Siem Reap.
Located on an artificial island in Tokyo, Japan, this 1:1 scale giant Gundam Robot is a geek’s or tech junkie’s dream come true. This 18 meter tall Gundam Robot is incredibly detailed and even moves some parts of its body along with lights, exhaust and sound effects. Its like a massive statue, except that its interactive and well, its a bad ass looking robot. This travel attraction is completely free to see, including the daily shows.