The Temples of Angkor in Cambodia named best sight in the world



For all those holiday makers here is a list of top twenty travel destinations that Lonely Planet claims as the ultimate travelist. India’s Taj Mahal comes at number 5. Before visiting the ultimate love monument of India, Cambodia’s Angkor Wat temple are a must see at number 1.

Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travelist, published in August this year, ranks the 500 best places to see on the planet.

The Temples of Angkor in Cambodia receive the accolade of being the world’s number one must-see sight according to Lonely Planet’s experts. Described as the “Hindu heaven on earth,” this “complex of more than 1,000 temples, shrines and tombs that form a virtual city of spires in the jungles of northern Cambodia,” take the crown.

The Temples of Angkor are hotly followed by Australia’s Great Barrier Reef ”“ “a psychedelic underwater playground”; Machu Picchu in Peru ”“ “mind-blowing” and “a proper enigma”; the Great Wall of China ”“ “an awe-inspiring maze of walls and fortifications”; and India’s Taj Mahal which “still presents a misty window through time”.

The British Museum in London is the UK’s highest-scoring sight. Coming in at number 15 makes it one of the highest-ranking sights in the world. The British Museum staked its claim to a top spot thanks to being  “the great treasure house of Europe” and is praised as “a grand Greek Revival temple to treasure hiding an unexpected Norman Foster canopy over its vast central courtyard”. Visiting the museum is described as “a pilgrimage for fans of antiquity”.

To create  Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travelist,  Lonely Planet’s team of travel experts and authors on the ground rated the world’s best mega-sights and hidden gems, bringing together this beautiful new book, and what they believe to be the 500 best places to visit in the world. Lonely Planet’s experts whittled down a list of every single sight featured in their tried-and-tested guidebooks to almost every destination on the planet until they had, in their view, the very best spots.  Ranked in order of their brilliance,  Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travelist  highlights the places the experts at Lonely Planet believe every traveller must experience.


Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travelist ”“ The Top 20


  1. Temples of Angkor, Cambodia
  2. Great Barrier Reef, Australia
  3. Machu Picchu, Peru
  4. Great Wall of China, China
  5. Taj Mahal, India
  6. Grand Canyon National Park, USA
  7. Colosseum, Italy
  8. Iguazú Falls, Brazil-Argentina
  9. Alhambra, Spain
  10.      Aya Sofya, Turkey
  11.      Fez Medina, Morocco
  12.      Twelve Apostles, Australia
  13.      Petra, Jordan
  14.      Tikal, Guatemala
  15.      British Museum, England
  16.      Sagrada Familia, Spain
  17.      Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
  18.      Santorini, Greece
  19.      Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
  20.      Museum of Old & New Art, Australia


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