You know a place is every inch worth to visit if it is a declared UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is a list that is highly regarded as a spotlight in the tourism industry for each of the countries in which the site is located. With the selection criteria being so exhaustively comprehensive, a site or property has to be very very outstanding to even get the chance of being nominated before getting inscribed on the list.
I’ve always believed that a visit to World Heritage site is a privilege. Out of thousands of sites that have applied to be declared UNESCO World Heritage Site, only 911 properties have made it to the list so far and I’ve been so lucky because my travel trips to some parts of the world had brought me to some of them. Check out my list of UNESCO World Heritage sites.
1. Mount Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Our very own Mount Kinabalu has always fascinated me ever since I was a kid. I’d climb up to the roof of my family’s house in Keningau just too take a peek at the beautiful silhouette of Mount Kinabalu in the morning. I’d put it into every painting that I drew at school.
2. Mulu, Sarawak, Malaysia
I visited Mulu just a few months ago as part of my effort to make this year an adventurous one and I was sooooo amazed to see what it has to offer. Consisted of 4 main caves that can be easily covered on foot, Deer Cave, Lang Cave, Wind Cave and Clear Water Cave have proved how caves have so many things to offer than just a big space of darkness.
3. Halong Bay, Vietnam
Halong Bay is one of my favorites among all the World Heritage sites that I’ve been to so far. The experience of sitting on the roof deck of a ‘junk’ while it cruises its way past hundreds of beautiful islets is something that has been staying in my head up until today.
4. Central Sector of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, Hanoi, Vietnam
Oh well, this site has only been declared a world heritage site quite recently. In fact I’m not even sure it was already inscribed when I was there.
5. Bank of Seine, Paris, France
If you look at the list, Eiffel Tower is not specifically mentioned as a world heritage site. But it is stated there that the Bank of Seine is. I can only assume that the Eiffel Tower is part of it.
6. The Palace of Versailles, France
The Palace of Versailles was the only place outside of Paris that I went to when I visited France last year. It really is hard to visualize the palace as a whole when there are just so many things to see in and around it.
7. City of Bath, England
To tell the truth, I’ve never heard of Bath before I took the tour to the Stonehenge. There gotta be at least two other places to come with it in a day- tour so having had picked the Windsor Castle beforehand, I chose the City of Bath to complete the list in the very last minute.
8. Stonehenge, England
Being some of the most recognized stones in the world, the mysterious stones of Stonehenge are definitely somewhere on the top list of my 1000 Places I Want To Visit Before I Die.
9. Westminster Abbey, London
Being a city that has a very long history, London is full of historical buildings and structures that even the whole city of London can actually make it to the list of the UNESCO World Heritage. The list however has specified a number of buildings and one of them is Westminster Abbey.
10. Tower of London, England
Tower of London was one of the places that I put into my list on the very last minute. Somehow most of the reviews that I’ve come upon were not really supportive of the idea to spend away some 17 pounds over Tower of London. The history that it holds and for the fact that it is said to be one of the most haunted buildings in London, I just decided it’d be worth to visit.
11. Baroque Churches of the Philippines, Manila
It wasn’t a good moment for me at the Baroque Churches in Manila. I spent most of my time there cursing myself for having left the spare battery of my camera back at the hostel and the one that I had with me was running flat.
12. Canterbury Cathedral, England
I visited Canterbury with Nelda and his Briton hubby Mike as part of our tour around the district of Kent. Being a tourist magnate, I wasn’t at all surprising to see how the streets of Canterbury were so crowded when I was there. The presence of so many visitors can turn the little city into a celebration in any normal day. There were street performances and everything.
13. Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia
Being one of the most iconic buildings in the world, Sydney Opera House needs no introduction. It went there as part of my tour across the Eastern part of Australia. Sydney Opera House is only beautiful to be visualized wholly from a distance but not when you’re a spit’s throw away from it.
It’d be my very first visit to the Pearl Island - our very own UNESCO World Heritage. Can’t wait. ;-)