The Best UNESCO Heritage Sites to Visit

by Travelbag on 16 January 2018, 16:01PM

As you plan your annual getaway or that dream world tour, there’s nothing like a glance at the UNESCO World Heritage Site website for some inspiration. Choose from hallowed lands, abandoned cave dwellings, natural reserves and weathered ruins – an international roster of those places on earth that are of unique importance to mankind. The UNESCO collection is high ranking on any travellers to do list. It comprises of more than 1,000 locations from the silent statues of Khmer Kings in northern Cambodia’s temple complex to the shifting and groaning of Argentina’s Los Glaciares National Park. Here are a few to consider adding to your package holiday.

 

Angkor, Cambodia

A short distance from Siem Reap city lies the Angkor Archaeological Park, a sprawling temple complex. It is one of the must-see spots in South East Asia and the world. Built in the twelfth century and the former capital of the Khmer Empire, Angkor’s beauty lies not only in the detail and symmetry to its temple walls but also in the precision of its layout that correlates to the Draco Constellation. The best time to go is towards the end of the rainy season (October – November) when the Angkor Wat structure is reflected in the dykes and canals but rainfall is not at its peak.

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Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

Los Glaciares National Park is characterised by large glaciers that cover about 7,269 km squared. The park is in Austral Andes in the far south of Argentina. The glaciers flow steadily down into the Atlantic Ocean at the end of Lake Argentino, where they crash into the water like a ship from a wharf and surface as icebergs. The glaciers are so vast and solid they resemble the surrounding mountains that are patrolled by raptors like the black-chested buzzard-eagle and carrion eaters such as the Andean condor. Monte Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre are popular for challenge seeking climbers and scenery loving hikers.

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Okavango Delta, Botswana

UNESCO classified the Okavango Delta a world heritage site in 2014 due to its ecological relevance. The delta doesn't flow into any sea or ocean, which allows the swampy inland to evaporate during dry season. The marshlands are permanent, and the flooding plains seasonal, creating the migration patterns of birds and habitats for some of the world’s most endangered species of mammal such as cheetahs, rhinos and lions. With Africa’s iconic animals, comes the whole safari experience complete with intrepid features like camping and game drives. It’s one of UNESCO’s few natural sites, so picked as it is in pristine condition, practically unchanged by mankind.

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Taj Mahal, India

This iconic marble mausoleum is perhaps the most famous of World Heritage sites and for good reason. Located in Agra city on Yamuna River's southern bank, this ivory white structure was built for Mumtaz, the favourite wife of then Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan. The grandeur of the Taj is epitomised by the large dome that rests atop the mausoleum. Inside is a blend of Muslim and Persian architecture but take the time to notice the yellow brownish discolouration of the marble exterior– a result of air pollution. Threats such as this are exactly the kind of work that UNESCO performs to maintain and preserve man’s finest constructions for future generations to come.

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Tràng An Scenic Landscape Complex, Vietnam

On the World Heritage list since 2014, Tràng An rests on the south bank of the Red River Delta and offers a wealth of cultural and natural history. The cave tours take you through magnificent limestone karsts – naturally formed underground draining systems – many of which have small rivers flowing through them, navigable by boat. The temples, pagodas and shrines throughout are an enthralling medium to learn of the caves history. Depending on when you visit, you can chance upon different festivals like Hùng Kings' on the third lunar month of every year.

For more ideas and inspiration, take a look at our tours to Vietnam.

 

Tick off some UNESCO Sites on your next Travelbag holiday, or call our travel experts to find out more.


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