25 Places You Have To See Before You Die

Posted by on August 27, 2012


Angel Falls, Venezuela

Angel Falls, VenezuelaFound in the Venezuelan jungle Angel Falls is not only a stunning sight, it’s also overwhelming. At 3,211 feet it’s the largest in the world. In fact, it’s so high that water evaporates before it even reaches the ground!

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Ha Long Bay, VietnamWith thousands of islets and hidden coves, Ha Long Bay is famous for its large monolithic limestone islands rising formidably out of the ocean.

Positano, Italy

Positano, ItalyFor years it was only a poor fishing village on the Italian coast but then in 1953 John Steibeck wrote these words of the region: “”Positano bites deep. It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.” Since then tourism has exploded.

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat, CambodiaAs the largest Khmer temple complex in the world, Angkor Wat’s unique and architecture and vast size are unlike anything anywhere else in the world.

The Wave, Arizona

The Wave, ArizonaThis large sandstone formation located near the Arizona and Utah border is famous among hikers for its colorful, undulating forms.

The Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

The Pyramids of Giza, EgyptEvery day about 5,000 people flock out into the desert to see the Pyramids. If at all possible try to take a camel ride or even an aerial tour via helicopter.

The Maldives

MaldivesWith some of the most beautiful beaches in the world every year thousands of tourists make their way to this island nation just south of Sri Lanka.

Socotra, Yemen

Socotra, YemenLying just off the Horn of Africa, this island is one of the most isolated in the world, at least in terms of it’s extremely unique flora and fauna.

Monument Valley, Utah

Monument Valley, UtahA vast region of the Colorado Plateau, Monument Valley consists of a large number of sandstone buttes reaching up to 1,000 feet above the valley floor.

Phi Phi Islands, Thailand

Phi Phi Islands, ThailandAlthough they were devastated by the Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004 the Phi Phi Islands have still maintained their surreal beauty and are well known as the location for the filming of The Beach with Leonardo DiCaprio.
David Pegg


After helping found the United Nations, the United States, and United Airlines, David consigned himself to a transient life of writing lists and sleeping on park benches.

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  • Maya

    Visiting lovely and beautiful places and resorts is always my desire. Your collection in, 25 Places You Have To See Before You Die enhance my wish and provide awesome knowledge and overview of these beautiful places. I have an opinion that beauty is always inside the person so one can realize the beauty if he or she have beauty in heart. Thank

  • Narayanaswamy

    Totally Misleading and made with very limited knowledge!
    No Paris, No India, No Silk Route!

    Please educate yourself before advising others!

    • rentondarcy

      Totally agree. There are too many of these ‘definitive’ lists now – so much of the world is accessible in this day and age and they are largely worthless because there are SO many wonderful sights. However, even if you like these pointless things, two places in Australia and two in Greece out of 25 is just ludicrous.

  • sebastian

    on my trip to thailand phiphi was the ugliest island!!!

  • Mikhlafi

    No3. Socotra, a unique island ( Northern Mariana Islands, Yemen)

  • Lucas Padilha Itoi

    I’ve been to Santorini a few times, it’s a FANTASTIC place, and also to Croatia, but only in Dubrovnik.

  • denzel

    Table mountain south africa

  • Indonesia_Beautiful

    Tanah Lot Bali??? are you F kidding me? there are lots of places that much more beautiful than tanah lot in Indonesia example Komodo Island, Raja Ampat, Wakatobi,etc. Please wider your knowledge about that.

  • Izzy

    Santorini Italy ???! WTF Santorini is GREEK

  • braian

    what about Torres del Paine in Chile?

  • Frenchee

    What about New Zealand and Africa ?

  • Mxx

    The city Lens, in France.

  • Ilya

    Japan somewhere? Fuji??

  • Jacques

    Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa? Cape Point, Cape Town, South Africa?

  • Dennis

    Not a single place in Africa except the pyramids! Let’s consider: Victoria Falls, Lake Kariba, Mana Pools, Gorillas, Messum and Doros Craters, Etosha, Gorongosa Hwange and a heap of other significant National Parks, Okavango, Serengeti, the Great Rift Valley, Any of the lakes of the Great Rift Valley, Table Mountain, Kilimanjaro Timbuktu, pauses to catch a breath …

  • Tim

    You could swap the 12 apostles for any number of places in NZ. The Pancake Rocks, Rotorua, The Soutth Island’s West Coast, etc. Highly recommended.

    • rentondarcy

      Agree 100%. Almost like the author has never heard of NZ, let alone been there.

  • Susmitha

    This list is incomplete without Taj Mahal,India

  • Rajan

    Been to 2 of the sites. Too bad Milford sound in NZ not listed ??

  • flavin

    I miss easter island

  • marco

    Santorini is not Italian… (speaker in the video)

  • mayank

    Not a very comprehensive list. Random locations with lack of tourist value

  • Name

    Cool places

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=552366369 Sheri Fresonke Harper

    Great post, I want to visit them all!