05 Jul

Travel – Astonishing Places to Visit

By Harris Maqsood

The world in which we live in called earth is an astonishing mixture of beauty and perfection that the human mind can barely comprehend. But unfortunately only the lucky ones get to explore it and see its beauty and mostly die with the desire of exploring it. Our beloved earth is loaded with beautiful uncountable places. The most famous places we all know are the seven wonders but except for that we know nothing.

The swing at the End of the World in Baños, Ecuador

Deep in the Ecuadorian wilderness is a seismic monitoring station known as Casa delArbol or “The Tree House” because it is simply a small house built in a tree used for observing Mt. Tungurahua, the active volcano in the near distance. While the simple wooden room is a sight to behold, the real attraction is the crude swing hanging from one of the tree’s skinny branches. With no harness, net, or any other safety feature the swing (itself nothing more than a thick stick suspended by two ropes) arcs riders out into the void over the canyon. Adventurous visitors are welcome to take a ride on the swinging seat, which may have been updated recently, adding a small, fabric belt to hold you in a bit. You’re not actually swinging out over a void, but over a steep hill, about 100 feet up.

The Hang Son Doong Cave in QuangBinh Province, Vietnam

Son Doong Cave(Vietnamese: Hang Son Doong) is world’s largest cave, located in Son Trach, Bo Trach District, QuangBinh province, Vietnam. The name “Son Doong” Cave means “Mountain River Cave”. It was created 2-5 million years ago by river water eroding away the limestone underneath the mountain Where the limestone was weak, the ceiling collapsed creating huge skylights. Son Doong Cave is more than 200 meters wide, 150 meters high, and approx 9 kilometres long, with caverns big enough to fit an entire city street inside them (currently considered the world’s largest with 90 meters wide, 100 meters high and 2 kilometres long). Son Doong Cave was classified as the largest cave in the world by BCRA (British Cave Research Association) and selected as one of the most beautiful in the globe by the BBC news.

Sea of Stars on Vaadhoo Island in the Maldives

What may appear as a mirror image of the stars above, the bioluminescence in the water is actually due to marine microbes called phytoplankton. The effect it has on the shore is absolutely breathtaking. It’s definitely the best place to go.

Whitehaven Beach at Whitsunday Island in Australia

This beach is known for its beautiful white sands and the crystal clear blues and greens of the water. The sand is very fine and walks along the shore are so fantastical it seems like magic. Regarded as Queensland’s Most Beautiful Beach and one of the top 10 beaches in the world, is an absolute must-see destination! What make Whitehaven Beach so unique from any other beach in the world are its pristine white sands, made up of 98% pure silica that stretch for nearly seven kilometres. As soon as you sink your feet into the soft sand and see it sided up to the crystal clear waters, you will feel like you have found a heaven on earth!

Cenotes of Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico

Cenotes are natural swimming holes formed by the collapse of porous limestone bedrock, which has revealed a secret subterranean world of groundwater pools. Most cave cenotes have fresh water that has been meticulously filtered by the earth, making them so clear and pure that you can see straight through to small fish frolicking in the plant life below. Open-air cenotes also have clear water, and often are home to vitamin- and mineral-rich algae that nourish and protect your skin. Underwater photographers will be thrilled with the clear waters, which allow for aquatic-playground shots in high-definition clarity. It’s definitely one of most amazing places on earth.

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