World Wonders – Best in December

Bagan view, Burma, Myanmar

Bagan view, Burma, Myanmar

Great Ancient Sites to visit in December

It is high season just about everywhere. Beware crowds, price rises and accommodation problems around World Wandering Christmas and New Year!

Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

The Sphinx and four pyramids at Giza on the desert’s edge near Cairo, are a sensation – if you can survive the hawkers. Best: October-May.

Pyramids on Giza plateau with Cairo in background, Egypt, Africa

Pyramids Photos and information

Luxor, Egypt

The variety of spectacular temples, tombs and bizarre monuments astride the river Nile make this a tourist must-see. Best: January – April, October, November. Avoid: July, August. (heat).

A view of the Luxor Temple (east bank) from the River Nile, Egypt

Luxor Guide

The extraordinary marble tomb of Shah Jahan’s wife, in a calm, rural setting around a river bend from Shah Jahan’s Red Fort makes a sensational day’s sightseeing. Best: October-March. Avoid: the summer (extreme heat).

Taj Maha, India

Taj Mahal Pictures

This decayed but atmospheric, jungle enveloped Maya city, featuring the planet’s most perfect pyramid and other fascinating structures. Best: November-April. Avoid: May-October (rains).

El Castillo [Pyramid of Kukulkan], Chichen Itza, Mexico

Chichen Itza Photos

Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

A totally awesome panorama of 2, 500 ancient buildings in 16 sq. miles of arid, flat rural landscape.

Irrawaddy River and Bagan view from hot-air balloon, Myanmar

Bagan Pictures Guide

Angkor, Cambodia

A mass of stunningly conceived and carved, world beating Khmer wonders surrounded by jungle and tourists. Best: December- February. Avoid: April (extreme heat), September, October.

Sunrise at Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Pictures

Easter Island (Rapa Nui), Chile

Rapa Nui, aka Easter Island, is a distant South Pacific island hosting few people but hundreds of huge, stone statues known as moai. Best: September – April but OK most of the year. Avoid: May (wet) and June-August.

 Easter Island sunrise, Rapa Nui, Chile

Easter Island Pictures

Tikal, Guatemala

Tikal is the largest Mayan pyramid group, a wonderfully atmospheric place fighting off a screeching, buzzing jungle. Best: November-May. Avoid: June-October (rains).

Temple of the Great Jaguar in Tikal, Guatemala

Tikal tourist information

Bhaktapur, Khatmandu, Nepal

A gorgeously restored medieval town, saturated with monuments and carvings, some very rude. Best: October, November, February, March. Avoid: July-September (rains).

a cow attacking a stone lion in Bhaktapur, Kathmandu, Nepal

Bhaktapur Pictures Guide