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Temples of Angkor take 'must-see' title

24 August 2015 09:18

Angkor is a popular tourist hotspot

Angkor is a popular tourist hotspot

Angkor in Cambodia has been named the number one must-see destination in the world.

The complex of more than 1,000 temples, shrines and tombs, which have stood for over 1,000 years, took the crown in Lonely Planet's Ultimate Travelist.

Australia's Great Barrier Reef occupied second place in the list of the 500 best places to see on the planet, followed by Machu Picchu in Peru in third.

Top 10

Hundreds of thousands of tourists head to Cambodia every year to explore the temples of Angkor.

The Great Barrier Reef is just as popular. Travellers come from far and wide to check out the ecosystem of colour reefs and exotic marine life off the coast of Queensland in north east Australia.

Likewise Machu Picchu, set high in the Andes Mountains in Peru, is also a tourist hotspot. The Inca city, perhaps the best-known archaeological site in South America, attracts thousands of visitors.

The Great Wall of China was fourth on the list of must-see destinations, while the Taj Mahal in India was placed fifth.

The Grand Canyon National Park (USA), Colosseum (Italy), Iguazu Falls (Brazil-Argentina), Alhambra (Spain) and Aya Sofya (Turkey) made up the rest of the top 10.

Lonely Planet hopes the list will inspire people to pack their bags and explore the world.

For those that do decide to jet off somewhere, travel insurance is a must whether the trip lasts a week or a month.

British Museum

Closer to home, London's British Museum was 15th in the definitive bucket list.

The team of travel experts and authors recognised it as the greatest treasure house in Europe, with around eight million items including historic artefacts that date back millions of years.

Founded in 1753, the museum was visited by over six million people last year.

Some 34 of the 500 locations came from the UK and Northern Ireland. In addition to the British Museum, the Lake District, Snowdonia in Wales and Edinburgh Castle in Scotland also featured.