What usually makes a city or country a popular travel destination are its unique landmarks. Travel planning and booking site TripAdvisor recently announced its Travellers’ Choice awards for landmarks and the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur was ranked seventh in Asia and first in Malaysia.
Award winners were determined using a formula that takes into account the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for must-see man made attractions all over the world throughout a 12-month period.
10. Cu Chi Tunnels – Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam:
Built by local fighters during the Indochina conflict, the Cu Chi tunnels comprise an extensive network of over 200km tunnels. They used to function as underground cities and included hospitals, schools, kitchens and meeting quarters.
9. The Grand Palace – Bangkok, Thailand:
The Grand Palace was historically the official royal residence. Today, it is still used for official events. The complex is divided into three main zones: the Outer Court consists of structures like Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha); the Middle Court houses the most important residential and state buildings; and the Inner Court is reserved for the king, queen and consorts.
8. Amber Fort – Jaipur, India:
Amber Fort is one of the finest example of Rajput architecture. Immediately above it on the Cheel ka Teela (Hill of Eagles) is the Jaigarh Fort, and both are connected by a subterranean passage meant as an secret route in former times of war to enable the royal family members to escape.
2. Taj Mahal – Agra, India:
The Taj Mahal, designated a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1983 for being “the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage”, is one of the most iconic wonders of the world. It sees an increasing number of visitors from all over the world each year.
1. Angkor Wat – Siem Reap, Cambodia:
Stretching over 400sqkm, Angkor Wat is a harmony of ancient architecture, intricate carvings and sophisticated structures. Walking through the temple complex surrounded by mountains and lush rainforests is a magical experience. Also known as the “City of Temples”, it saw over two million visitors last year.
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