Wednesday, March 18, 2009


Nope, this isn't BISEAN's list. But we'll come up with our own very soon.

This (as posted all over the net, thanks to Yahoo!) is from Andrew Harper, a veteran travel writer and foremost in travel & leisure (for over 30 years). He reveals the most spectacular vistas around the world. [source] Guess who made it...

1. The Grand Canyon from the South Rim

People come from all over the world to take in this vista, which at sunset resembles an impressionistic painting brought to life. Hopi Point, on the West Rim Drive, extends far out into the canyon and is an excellent vantage point among many. Try to visit during the shoulder seasons of April-May and September-October, when the weather is milder and the park is less crowded.

2. Hong Kong Island from Kowloon

Hong Kong Island is clustered with dizzying neon-lit skyscrapers, and the view from the Kowloon Peninsula across Victoria Harbour is straight out of a science-fiction film. This dense urban scene is especially impressive every evening at 8, when it promptly erupts into a laser light show!

3. Phang Nga Bay, Thailand

This remarkable bay between the island of Phuket and the Thai mainland is dotted with hundreds of tall limestone formations that rise hundreds of feet from the sea. Ten thousand years ago, you could walk among these towers; now only their tops are visible, like the skyline of a sunken city.

4. Manhattan from the top of Rockefeller Plaza

5. Istanbul skyline from the Bosphorus strait, Turkey

6. The Ngorongoro Crater from North Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, Tanzania

7. St. Paul’s from Waterloo Bridge, London

8. The Golden Gate Bridge from the Marin Headlands

9. Machu Picchu, Peru

10. The Yucatan Peninsula from the top of Chichen Itza, Mexico

11. Florence from the loggia of Villa San Michele, Italy
12. Paris from the Pont des Arts, France
13. The medina of Fes from the Palais Jamai, Morocco
14. Annapurna from Sarankot, Nepal
15. Sydney Harbour from Taronga Zoo, Australia
16. The Potala Palace from across the Lhasa River, Tibet
17. The Parthenon from Mount Lycabettus, Athens, Greece
18. The Lemaire Channel, Antarctica
19. The City Palace from the Lake Palace, Udaipur, India

20. The temples of Bagan, Burma

Dotted across a plain beside the Irrawaddy River in central Myanmar, the ruins of Bagan cover 16 square miles. Dozens of immense stupas and temples rise from the red, dusty soil, all that remains of a major city sacked by the Mongol Kublai Khan. The scene at sunrise is unforgettably romantic


Antonius Bram said...

Two entries are from Southeast Asia, I thought there should be more.

Curbside Puppet said...

i think now i know why i fantasize about going to arizona this year. IT'S BECAUSE OF THE GRAND CANYON! dang it!

Anonymous said...

Why the Chocolate Hills of Bohol, Philippines and Banaue Rice Terraces not included?

Anonymous said...

they were looking for the top 20.

obviously the ones youve mentioned just simply are not the best.

maybe non-filipinos dont find it really breath-taking?

go figure.

Roman Paul, RP said...

a copy-paste article from Pisanu.... horrific!!!!

Anonymous said...

oh come on roman, isn't it thats why he gave the source? and just kept whats relevant to southeast asia? lets give the guy a break.

we appreaciate the post pisanu. but i'd rather have your personal take on things.


danyhael said...

"Why the Chocolate Hills of Bohol, Philippines and Banaue Rice Terraces not included?"

-seriously, i'm sick of this kind of comment. i could google such phrase and would maybe find gazillions of results. hopefully someone would just reply, "suck it up."

Erique Fat Owl said...


Heehee, I also knew that posts like these would attract protests from Filipino internet users and bloggers. Based on my observations, Filipino internet users are very eager to be included everywhere. That's not all bad, really - at least they're promoting themselves to the world!

I personally agree with the list, though I think Uluru is more fitting to be Australia's entry instead of the view of Sydney harbour.

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