There are a million places out there that will amaze you, whether with its overwhelming architecture, breathtaking landscape, or the mind-blowing artistry. However, there are only a few, perhaps more than a handful, that will easily be on top of your list. Not just because of its undeniable beauty, but also the surge of emotions that it gives you, leaving you speechless, perhaps moved and inspired as you go back to wherever you came from.
As they made me lost for words, allow me to share with you this effortlessly curated list of 13 Places That Will Awe-Inspire You.
#1 Kawah Putih, Bandung, Indonesia
This place will leave you breathless figuratively and literally. Nevermind the intense smell of sulfur. It looks like a place taken off from story books, with the mist that comes and goes and with its color that changes in a split second. Bluish-white, greenish-white, and other hints of white in between.
A misty Kawah Putih, Bandung, Indonesia
#2 Quiraing, Isle of the Skye, Scotland
Being here feels like you have arrived on a different planet. Peaks, slopes, flats, and holes–all in one place. The ever-changing landscape is almost out of this world.
Quiraing, Isle of the Skye, Scotland
#3 Taj Mahal, Agra, India
How can this not be included? It’s very beautiful and perfectly made. Those semi-precious stones that have been inlaid flawlessly, pearls that spark under the sunlight, and the perfect symmetry of its architecture are just some of the things that would leave you in awe. But the story that comes with the Taj Mahal is the cherry on top of the cake that will make you hope and believe that somewhere, eternal love possibly. It’s just a matter of time to realize it.
Taj Mahal, Agra, India
#4 Ta Prohm, Angkor Archaeological Park, Siem Reap, Cambodia
There are temples surrounded by trees. And there are temples overtaken by trees! Seeing it on a massive scale makes you wonder about the amazing relationship of their co-existence. It’s truly impressive.
Ta Prohm, Siem Reap, Cambodia
#5 The Great Wall of China
Majestic as it already is, to be able to grace it with your own two feet is even more fulfilling. What the photos don’t tell you though is it’s a REALLY tough walk, going to either ends climbing up and down with floor/stairs made of stones that have become quite shiny-slippery over time. Nothing beats tracing the Great Wall as far as you can reach.
The Great Wall of China (Mutianyu Wall, Beijing)
#6 Lagoons in El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
From the outside, these limestone cliffs look beautiful already–standing tall and proud amidst the open sea. But as you slowly paddle your way to see what lies beyond this cliffs, it’s like you’ve just discovered the world’s most beautiful secret that you want to keep forever.
El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
#7 USAT Liberty Wreck, Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia
Being a new diver, you’d probably think that one can get awed easily with every single thing that he or she sees underwater. But the USAT Liberty Wreck is totally different. The variety of corals with its vibrant colors, the abundance of macro creatures (pygmy seahorse, ghost pipe fish among a few), and the almost unidentifiable ship (because nature completely conquered it!) make this place a must to see.
USAT Liberty Wreck, Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia
#8 The Blue City: Chefchaouen, Morocco
Until I came here, “I never saw blue like that before, across the sky, around the world.” You probably would, too, once you set foot in Chefchaouen. More than it’s outer appearance is that feeling of solitude you get as you find your way around its corners.
One of the streets in Chefchaouen, Morocco
#9 Prague, Czech Republic
Talking about storybooks, being in Prague is like being in one of those fairytale’s cities. The Old Town Square, the astronomical clock and its tower’s trumpet player, the intricate statue-filled Charles Bridge, and other buildings’ architecture that belong to an era you can’t seem to remember.
A visit in Prague is like a trip to an open museum, a travel back in time. Prague could simply be one of the most beautiful one in Europe.
Old Town Square, Prague, Czech Republic
#10 Château de Versailles, France
This palace is the true definition of grandeur. The interior, exterior, the gardens, the houses, even the farm–they are all majestic. Can you imagine the power that it used to hold? Or how one can stroll all of its grounds and lose itself somewhere in what seems like nowhere? Anywhere?
The Main Palace, Château de Versailles, France
#11 Coral Garden, Coron, Palawan, Philippines
This shallow water between two islands is home to a vast field of beautiful, colorful corals teeming with marine life. And you get to see all of it just by snorkeling. Somehow it makes you wonder, how amazing could it be if you actually went diving just around the corner?
Coral Garden somewhere in between the CYC Beach (this photo) and Atwayan Beach (across)
#12 Fremont Street Experience, Las Vegas, USA
Vegas is overwhelming as it is. But a canopy made with LED running for 24 hours is something you wouldn’t expect to see when you decide to take the stroll on that street.
If only they had beach beds to lie down that time when they were playing Queen.
Celebrating the Music of Queen, the Fremont Street Experience, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
#13 Patan Durbar Square, Kathmandu, Nepal
It’s a real sad that this had been badly damaged due to the earthquake. But needless to say, this temple complex had been a true beauty of physical, cultural, and spiritual embodiment. I look forward to its eventual rise in hopefully, the not-so-distant future.
Patan Durbar Square (before the earthquake), Kathmandu, Nepal
Truthfully, I haven’t been everywhere. And although I don’t think it would be possible to cover every inch of this world in this lifetime, I intend to give it my best shot. These are just a few of what I I would recommend to see in that 1% of the world that I had covered. I sincerely hope you get to see, feel, and be inspired by what each of them has to offer. xx