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The Most Beautiful Places In The World That Should Be On Your Bucket List

We are lucky to be living on a planet where there are more beautiful places than there is time to write, or even to think, about them. Every corner of the earth offers sights that are truly unique and breathtaking. From otherworldly landscapes, to natural beauty, to awe-inspiring man-made creations, these are just a few of the many beautiful destinations that should be included on every travel bucket list.

  1. Torres Del Paine National Park, Chile

Located in the incredible Patagonia region, this national park has it all — pristine lakes, healthy rivers, magnificent mountains, and breathtaking glaciers. A multi-day trek here will leave visitors speechless and inspired by the surrounding natural wonders. The Torres del Paine (Towers of Paine) dominate the landscape with the grandeur and commanding presence of their granite pillars. With trails that meander through the magical landscape, a single visit would be unforgettable.

Torres Del Paine National Park

  1. Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

If you are picturing a Romanesque Revival palace that grandly sits atop a rugged hill with a picture-perfect German village below, then your imagination is correct when it comes to this majestic place. Located in southwest Bavaria, Germany, this 19th  century palace is the former home of a king and will leave any visitor feeling like royalty. Serving as the inspiration for Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle and featured in several movies, this architectural work of art is magnificent both inside and out, and everyone should live to experience its splendour.


  1. Railay, Thailand

This fairytale peninsula is surrounded by craggy rock, luscious jungle, as well as the mild and soothing Andaman Sea. This little slice of heaven is perfect for both adventure seekers and travellers seeking rest and relaxation. Imagine rock climbing, biking, jungle trekking, diving, napping on the beach, and kayaking: all surrounded by some of the bluest waters and clearest skies. This tropical paradise is only accessible by boat and its alluring and laid-back atmosphere will make anyone want to stay here forever.

Railay, Thailand

  1. Kauai, Hawaii

Kauai, or Kaua’i, is known as the Garden Island and is geologically the oldest of all the Hawaiian Islands. As the least commercially developed island and with over 560 square miles to explore, there is an abundance of natural wonders without all of the annoying tourists. Kauai is the rainiest place on earth, which is apparent in the vibrant and lush rainforests. The pristine environment and air rich in oxygen provides visitors with the opportunity to truly unwind. There are countless scenic drives, waterfalls, and more than 60 beaches — you would be foolish to pass up a trip to this paradise.

Kauai, Hawaii

  1. Taj Mahal, India

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is an impressive mausoleum constructed in the mid 1600s using white ivory. Considered to be the pride and glory of Indian Muslim art, this internationally appreciated masterpiece is one of the greatest architectural achievements in the world. The unique design extends from the building to the garden where inspiration was drawn from images of paradise and has been filled with fruits, flowers, and many colourful birds. Visiting the Taj Mahal is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness firsthand the most beautiful building in the world.

Taj Mahal

  1. Rainbow Mountains, Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park

One of the most geologically unique and beautiful outcroppings in the world, this Chinese landscape is truly special. The dramatic colors including reds, greens, and yellows are caused by trace minerals contained within the sandstone. The cliffs are several hundred meters high and the awe-inspiring formations represent a variety of shapes like towers, humans, birds, and castles. This fantastic landscape is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and expresses spectacular natural wonders while looking like something out of a sci-fi movie.

Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park

  1. Bora Bora

Bora Bora, an island that was formerly a volcano, could be considered the very definition of beautiful. The French Polynesian island is located in the Pacific Ocean and is surrounded by a biodiverse barrier reef. Previously considered a volcano, there are still two breathtaking peaks, Mount Otemanu and Mount Pahia. A popular international destination for water enthusiasts, the island has many luxury resorts and a lagoon ideal for diving. Stay in an over-the-water bungalow, relax underneath a coconut tree, bask in the perfect climate — Bora Bora is the place for ultimate relaxation.

Bora Bora

  1. Victoria Falls, Zambia/Zimbabwe

Known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya, or the smoke that thunders, this waterfall is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world. The waterfall is located in southern Africa on the Zambezi river and is the natural border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the waterfall sees more than two million visitors each year. Famous for thrill seekers with the ‘Devil’s Pool’ (a swim on the edge of the waterfall), bungee jumping, and world-renowned whitewater rafting, the waterfall also offers awe-inspiring views of its spectacular beauty.

Victoria Falls, Zambia

MarkAbout the author: Mark Tulloch is a co-owner and villa specialist at Asia Holiday Retreats, the premier booking service for holiday villa rentals in Bali, Thailand, and Sri Lanka. He’s constantly travelling the continent to personally handpick top quality villas for their portfolio. With offices in Bali, Sydney, and Hong Kong, and partnerships with over 500 luxury villas, Asia Holiday Retreats continues to expand with more desired holiday destinations planned for 2017.

Mark has over 20 years experience in the hospitality industry and huge success in managing luxury boutique hotels in Australia and London. And to Asia Holiday Retreats he brings a 5 star service to all guests, from helping them find and book their ideal villa accommodation to supporting them during their stay with anything they require.