Whether it is history, nature, or the perfect place for relaxation, there are various points on the planet that attract travelers from all around the world.
The Woman Post | Laura Valentina Cortés Sierra
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Beyond the old beauty of Paris or the colorful canals of Amsterdam, many cities across the world offer unique sights and experiences. These are some of the cities that The Woman Post considers you should see once in a lifetime, at least.
1. Stone Town of Zanzibar
The Stone Town of Zanzibar is a Swahili trading city on the East African coastline. Its architecture and demography are peculiar as they originate from the fusion of civilizations from Africa, Arabia, India, and Europe. Every night the buzzing street food market offers unique flavors from multiple cuisine influences. Stone Town was a slave trade port until 1873 and that painful past makes it a place to go and learn about the horrors of slavery. Stone Town had one of the world's last closed slave markets.
2. Siem Reap, Cambodia
This city located in Southeast Asia preserves the vestiges of ancient civilizations, a special sense of calm floats in the atmosphere. Siem Reap is the perfect destination from which it is possible to visit the ancient ruins of Angkor Wat that have been submerged in dense jungles for hundreds of years. Additionally, in the Tonlé Sap lake, the locals live in houseboats.
3. Hoi An, Vietnam
The coastal city of Hoi An which for years was the most important cruise port of Vietnam has colorful candles hanging all around and ornaments decorating the yellow-toned houses. This city contains a mixture of cultures that UNESCO declared a World Heritage Site. Out of tradition the 14th of each month, the public road is illuminated with flashlights, instead of the power lines.
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4. Chefchaouen, Morocco
Tucked high in the Rif Mountains of Morocco, this famous 15th-century blue fortress city is a popular place for tourists due to its unique uniformity. Any corner in the medina will be painted with sky-colored walls and doors. The blue contrasts with the green mountains that surround the steep city. The best panoramic view of the city can be found after a 20-minute walk to the Grande Mosquée.
5. Chiang Mai, Thailand
A cultural sanctuary for expats and art enthusiasts, Chiang Mai has become a must-see in Southeast Asia. The rich aesthetics of the market mix the smell of spices along the streets of Wat Gate. A must-do activity is a 30-minute walk with the view of the city, through the forest to get to Wat Palad Temple, a complex where jeweled Buddhas mix with the gold of the temple and the green of the surrounding trees.
6. Jaipur, India
Also known as the Pink City because Sawai Ram Singh II ordered the buildings to be painted orange-pink in 1876 for a royal visit from Prince Albert and Queen Victoria. The capital of Rajasthan still has many of its buildings painted in this color today. Jaipur is a popular tourist destination in India with Delhi and Agra, as a part of the west Golden Triangle tourist circuit.
7. Roatán, Honduras
The natural environment of the long beaches creates a perfect getaway for relaxation. The island of Roatán, part of the archipelago of Honduras stands out amongst many Caribbean islands. This paradise's beauty is linked to its reefs full of marine life.