Looking for Instagram-worthy places to visit? Leading travel search agent KAYAK has some recommendations
The proliferation of social media has resulted in a corresponding increase in its use to document travels. Travellers these days are constantly on the lookout for quality scenery that will leave their Instagram followers wide-eyed, so KAYAK.sg has identified five of the most Instagam-worthy places in the world to aid die-hard Instagrammers in their pursuit of beautiful scenery.
Lake Baikal, Russia: The world’s oldest and deepest freshwater lake
Russia is known for its untamed, expansive landscapes. Amongst its many attractions is Lake Baikal, (or Baygal Nuur), lauded as one of the most beautiful lakes on earth. Situated in south-east Siberia, “The Pearl of Siberia” is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the oldest (25 million years) as well as deepest (1,700 m) lake in the world and freezes over for about four months every year; making it a spectacular sight to behold. Even the most amateur of photographers will be able to take impressive landscape pictures here, while in winter the brave can walk out onto the frozen lake for a selfie quite unlike any other
How to get there: We found flights to Irkutsk from S$1301.
Where to stay: Nightly prices for a double room at Hotel International Sayen starts at S$352.
Gion, Japan: Kyoto’s most famous Geisha district
Kyoto gained much popularity after the movie “Memoirs of a Geisha” propelled geisha culture into the spotlight virtually overnight. Gion, Kyoto’s most famous geisha district, is situated around Shijo Avenue between Yasaka Shrine in the east and the Kamo River in the west. Its high concentration of traditional wooden machiya merchant houses makes it the perfect place to capture ancient streetscapes. Instagram shots of Gion are best taken in the early evening, when the place takes on an old-world atmosphere with glowing traditional lanterns and perfectly preened apprentice geisha moving from one engagement to another.
How to get there: We found flights to Kansai from S$514.
Where to stay: Nightly prices for a double room at Kyoto Tokyu Hotel starts at S$263.
Niagara Falls, Canada: The fastest-flowing waterfall in the world
Eighteen thousand years ago, thick ice sheets covered large parts of southern Ontario. Today’s Niagara River is a legacy of the last Ice Age. The largest vertical drop of Niagara Falls is over 165 feet (50 metres), and about 28 million liters of water travel down the falls every second. Instagram tip: those who stay on the Canadian side of the falls between noon and sunset are pretty much guaranteed to see a rainbow. Because the falls are wider than they are tall, it’s best to take landscape shots instead of portrait, and to use a slow shutter speed to give the water a silky appearance.
How to get there: We found flights to Toronto from S$1488.
Where to stay: Nightly prices for a double room at Holiday Inn Niagara Falls starts at S$237.
Mount Emei, China: One of the Four Sacred Buddhist Mountains in China
Mount Emei, traditionally regarded as the place of enlightenment of the bodhisattva Samantabhadra, is one of the Four Sacred Buddhist Mountains of China. The trees are verdant almost all year round, and the mountain’s landscape varies according to the season, elevation, and climate. Travellers snap photos of the surrounding greenery that emanates tranquillity and calm as they ascend the mountain. At the Golden Summit, they are rewarded with the sight of the imposing four-sided and ten-headed golden statue of Puxian against the backdrop of a clear sky. It’s a view for keeps.
How to get there: We found flights to Chengdu from S$520.
Where to stay: Nightly prices for a double room at Sofitel Chengdu Taihe starts at S$105.
Burj Khalifa, United Arab Emirates: The world’s tallest skyscraper
The Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, stands at a whopping 828 meters tall, making it the world’s tallest skyscraper, and roughly about three times as tall as the Eiffel Tower. The tower is designed to resemble the desert flower, Hymenocallis. A snapshot from afar will capture Burj Khalifa in its magnificent entirety, and from the observation deck of the tower itself, visitors can capture breathtaking views of Dubai and its surrounds. The views are great in clear weather, and also between November and March when the city is swathed in fog for unique texture and mood shots. Tip: Leave the tripod at home to avoid run-ins with security.
How to get there: We found flights to Dubai from S$789.
Where to stay: Nightly prices for a double room at The Address Dubai Marina starts at S$198..
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