There are a handful of places around the world that are truly inspiring. Places so old, unique, and breathtaking that they are worth the long flights and airport delays.
To help you pinpoint these destinations,
Lonely Planet has identified the 500 best places on the planet. After compiling 5,000 highlights from 40 years of guides, editors also reached out to expert travel writers and staff to narrow the list down and rank the sights that had inspired and excited them the most.
When all was said and done, the Temples of Angkor claimed the top spot. This temple complex in Cambodia dates back to the 9th century, and every year, millions of visitors spend weeks exploring the ruins.
Readers can check out the full list when the book is released on Oct. 6, but in the meantime, here are the top 25 best destinations in the world.