What are the most popular tourist attractions in the world? This infographic shows all kinds of interesting numbers.
Times Square is easily the most popular tourist destination in the world, according to this travel infographic.
More people visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, than visit the Vatican or the Coliseum in Rome
Disneyland Tokyo is more popular than the Great Wall of China, and Disney World in Florida is far more popular than both.
Infographic by Forbes Traveler. (Click on image to enlarge)
Niagara Falls is the most visited natural tourist destination in the world, by far, according to this chart. But – there’s no way it’s more highly visited than Central Park in NYC.
Theme parks are incredibly popular – Disney, Universal Studios, SeaWorld, etc.
Most Popular does NOT = Best!
Keep in mind that lists and graphics like this aren’t showing the best places to go, but rather the ones that are most visited. The amount of visits is often influenced by how many people are nearby to visit (and can afford to). For example, local New Yorkers do not get excited by Times Square. If you visit me in NYC, my tour will focus on areas that didn’t make this list. Read more...(239 words, 1 image, estimated 57 secs reading time)
Angkor Wat is breath-taking; every traveler should visit. If you can’t get there, check out this impressive video of “Angkor Wat from the Air” from Matador Network:
Angkor Wat is at the top of the list of places to visit for Cambodia, and possibly all of Southeast Asia! I’ve posted a photo tour, but this Angkor Wat video provides a different view – an aerial view of one of the 7 wonders of the world.
The videos fly over and through my favorite temples – Angkor Wat, Bayon, Angkor Thom, and Ta Prohm, all in Siem Reap Cambodia. For a photo tour of each, click the linked names.
Pro Tip — Plan for big crowds; it was packed both times I visited. Decide if you’re going to try to catch Angkor Wat at sunrise – if not, choose a different order to explore the temples to avoid the largest crowds. Even if that’s your plan, visit Angkor Wat to capture your sunrise photo, and then leave that temple to start at Angkor Thom, since most of the crowd just stays at Angkor Wat. Then come back for sunset. This Angkor Wat video, “Angkor Wat from the Air,” will give you a sense of what the rest of the complex looks like. Read more...(289 words, 1 image, estimated 1:09 mins reading time)
Amazing underwater shark photographs, plus photos of mantas, whales, and dolphins
Bull shark closeup, in Fiji. I’m terrified just looking at it! Photo by Alexander Safonov
Underwater photographer Alexander Safonov took some amazing photos – close-up shots of sharks, dolphins, gigantic manta rays, sperm whales, and more. Buy these photos here
Check out the full slideshow of Alexander Safonov’s impressive underwater photography.
Photographer Alexander Safonov is originally from Voronezh, Russia. He’s lived in eastern Asia since 1998, spending a decade in Japan first and currently residing in Hong Kong, according to a profile in the Telegraph. Buy a copy of his photographs here.
Welcome to the Bayon, built end of the 12th Century. The Bayon temples feature 216 faces, a nearly surreal masterpiece unlike any I’d ever seen. Bayon stands at the centre of Jayavarman’s capital, Angkor Thom, in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The Bayon temples, along with Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm, are easily the best 1-2 day trip you can take in southeast Asia. Here’s a 29 photo tour:
Who are the faces of? They Bayon faces are said represent Lokeshvara, a Buddhist deity that projected benevolence outward to the four directions, or even the king himself. Here’s the explanation:
Initially the faces were believed to represent Brahma, the Hindu God of creation depicted with four heads. When it was later established that the Bayon was not a Hindu temple but a Buddhist one, archeologists believed the faces to be of Lokeshvara, the Bodhisattva of compassion. The similarity of statues of Jayavarman VII and the face towers had led some to believe that it is the King himself whose face is depicted on the towers. Read more...(633 words, 29 images, estimated 2:32 mins reading time)
Angkor Wat is one of the most impressive sites in the world, and was immediately a highlight of my southeast Asia trip. The temples are breathtaking! While you need to visit them in Cambodia to appreciate it, below is a photo tour of the experience.
Angkor Wat is located in Siem Reap, in Cambodia. Along with Angkor Thom, Bayon, and Ta Prohm, Angkor might be best two-day trip you can take in all of Asia.
Angkor Wat was built by the vanished Khmer empire. It was constructed during the reign of King Suryavarman II, who ruled from 1113 to at least 1145.
Scholars say the temples of Angkor Wat were built for funerary purposes, since its bas-reliefs are meant to be viewed anti-clockwise, a direction that was associated with death in the Khmer empire. This is Angkor’s only temple with tombs, despite the “Tomb Raider” movie being shot at nearby Ta Prohm, where there’s no tombs. Read more...(564 words, 34 images, estimated 2:15 mins reading time)
England vs UK vs Great Britain – are these the same?
Do England, the United Kingdom, and Great Britain, all refer to the same place? What’s the difference between England vs UK vs Great Britain, and what’s included in each? Is Scotland a country? Here’s the answer in a 5-minute video that breaks these down. I’ve also highlighted some quick answers below that. You’ll understand your initial question in the first 30-seconds, but this clip does a great job with the natural follow-up questions.
For example, why is the Queen is on Canadian currency? Where do Belize and the Cayman Islands fit in? Enjoy!
England vs UK vs Great Britain
Here’s a quick breakdown:
England contains about 80% of the population of the UK.
Great Britain includes England, Wales and Scotland. Great Britain is a geographical term referring to the island on which the greater parts of England, Wales and Scotland are situated. GB is also a legal one referring to those three territories considered together. Great Britain is the largest island of the British Isles, which is most of the UK but not all. Read more...(513 words, 2 images, estimated 2:03 mins reading time)