UNESCO World Heritage Sites I’ve Visited

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Valletta, Malta

UNESCO World Heritage Sites have long held a fascination for me.

In the same way reading about the ‘7 Wonders of the World’ did when I was a young, UNESCO World Heritage sites capture my imagination as an adult.

To be included on the list, sites need to show that they have an outstanding universal value, and meet at least one of the ten criteria listed here.

Forget all those ’20 Best Places to Visit in X’ articles, this right here is the ultimate bucket list of must see destinations.

With over 1,000 sites on an ever-growing list, it’s nearly impossible to get to them all, but when I’m planning trips, I always check to see if there are any nearby we can visit, and often change our itinerary to include them.

Below is my personal list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites

It is not a complete list, as I have only included places I have visited since starting this blog in 2017. This means some iconic places such as Machu Picchu miss out, but all the more reason to go back!

If you want to see the full list, then head over to the UNESCO World Heritage Site website or go to the fantastic WorldHeritageSite.org, an independent site that has user reviews of all the locations.


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Ayutthaya, Thailand

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2017 UNESCO Heritage Sites

  1. ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡จ Vallรฉe De Mai (Seychelles, October)
  2. ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡น Valletta (Malta, November)
  3. ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡น Megalithic Temples of Malta (Malta, November)

2018 UNESCO Heritage Sites

  1. ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ Edinburgh Old Town (Scotland, February)
  2. ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ Khao Yai Forest Complex (Thailand, April)
  3. ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ Historic City of Ayutthaya (Thailand, May)
  4. ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Town of Luang Prabang (Laos, May)
  5. ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Vat Phou and Associated Ancient Settlements within the Champasak Cultural Landscape (Laos, June)
  6. ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ The Temples of Angkor (Cambodia, June)
  7. ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ Temple Zone of Sambor Prei Kuk (Cambodia, June)
  8. ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ Hoi An Ancient Town (Vietnam, July)
  9. ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ My Son Sanctuary (Vietnam, July)
  10. ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ Complex of Huรฉ Monuments (Vietnam, July)
  11. ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ Trang An Landscape Complex (Vietnam, July)
  12. ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ Central Sector of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long – Hanoi (Vietnam, July)
  13. ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท Plitvice Lakes and National Park (Croatia, October)
  14. ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท Venetian Works of Defence – Zadar and Sibenik (Croatia, October)
  15. ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท Cathedral of St James in Sibenik (Croatia, October)
  16. ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท Historic City of Trogir (Croatia, October)
  17. ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท Historic Complex of Split (Croatia, October)
  18. ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท Steฤ‡ci Medieval Gravestones (Croatia/Bosnia Herzegovina, October)
  19. ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฆ Old Bridge Area of the Old City of Mostar (Bosnia Herzegovina, October)
  20. ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท Old City Dubrovnik (Croatia, October)
  21. ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites (England, December)

2019 UNESCO Heritage Sites

  1. ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช Historic Centre of Bruges (Belgium, March)
  2. ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช Belfries of Belgium and France (Belgium, March)
  3. ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช Flemish Bรฉguinages (Belgium, March)
  4. ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Royal Exhibition Hall (Australia, July)
  5. ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Gondwana Rainforests (Australia, August)
  6. ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Greater Blue Mountains Area (Australia, August)
  7. ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Australian Convict Sites (Australia, August)
  8. ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Sydney Opera House (Australia, August)