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What tourist traps around the world are worth the visit?

What tourist traps are you glad you visited despite the crowds and high prices? Why was it worth the stop?

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    Chatuchak's weekend market in Bangkok, Thailand. The heat might kill you, so bring a lot of bottled water and a hat. It's also super crowded so keep a tight grip on your personal belongings. The deals are amazing on real Thai products, however and the variety of real, authentic food the best. There are a good mix of locals and tourists alike. It's a great place to just meet people and get a cross section of Thai culture. · (0 likelikes)

 

					
					
					
				

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    The first thing that came to my mind was the Eiffel Tower-the lines can be long, the dining is overrated but it is spectacularly beautiful. The detail alone makes me jaw drop. It sits right along the Seine like a perfectly coifed French dame. I have always adored it and always will.Eiffel Towerimage from mccullagh.org

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      You can now get tickets ahead of time on the web. · (0 likelikes)

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  • David Ghostlaw

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    In general, I've rarely been disappointed visiting a destination tourist trap. As long as I know to expect higher prices and larger crowds going into the experience, I usually enjoy the experience for what it is. For the most part, these destinations are famous for a reason (i.e. uniqueness, age, symbolism, architecture, etc.) and the tourist part of it doesn't take away from those positive qualities. In my travels, this includes The White House, Everglades National Park, Great Wall Of China, Tiananmen Square, Big Ben, Tower Of London, Vatican City, Colosseum - all were amazing for their own individual reasons, and I was thrilled to have visited each one in their own right. Would I go visit some of them again? Maybe. Some were worth only one visit. But all were great for that first time.

    On the flip side, however, I am usually disappointed by a famous food destination. There is a lot more variance in whether a "touristy" restaurant is worth it. I feel like I'm let down more often than not, paying more money for what turns out to be mediocre food. In short, I'd rather fight for elbow room at a famous destination, and then afterwards find a hole-in-the-wall eatery that the locals frequent.

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    The entire city of Venice is a tourist trap, but there's simply no other city like Venice.

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    Chichén Itzá for sure! you have to do it but man it is awful! they even do a laser show!? i went there on a trip to Tikal, we started in Cancun and backpacked through the Yucatan. i want to knock out the wonders of the world so it had to be done. it was truly amazing, the differance between Mexico's pyramids and Guatemala's.

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  • Laurie B

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    Angkor Wat in Siem Riep:

    We encountered masses of tourists, bus loads. So many people, both children and adults asking for money. You can't cross the street without being approached by someone asking for money. it was heartbreaking.

    Having said this it was the most beautiful place, with the most beautiful people. I can't wait to return.

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    One of the great experiences of my life has been seeing Michelangelo's David in Florence, actually twice. Once when I was 14 and again when I was 18. I remember the first time, waiting in that ridiculous line with my parents outside the museum in the summer heat forever, and thinking, why are we doing this? I'd seen it all my life in photographs and never thought it seemed particularly interesting. And I just remembered being totally blown away when we walked down the hall and saw it in person. I didn't expect it to be so huge...and yet insanely lifelike.

    And then I found myself in Florence again when I was 18, this time with two friends, and I clearly again remember thinking, this statue isn't that big of a deal, but I guess my friends haven't seen it, so fine, let's wait in this line in the blistering heat. And it was they who eventually had to say, "Hey man, it's been long enough. Let's go." I was mesmerized by it again.

    They have a replica in the square where the original once stood (and thus took away its once polished sheen) and yeah, it's a pretty good replica, and yet it just doesn't have that indescribable lifelike quality. Maybe my memory has embellished the drama of it, but I know that I couldn't stop thinking about it for a long time afterward both times.

    Also interesting to see are a bunch of unfinished Michelangelo works that line the hall as you walk to the epicenter where the statue is. They look like these muscular greek hero trying to escape from stone. Quite cool.

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  • Bryan Ridge

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    Would definitely have to say Angkor Wat. Yes, you have to be there at crack of sparrow's to avoid standing in line for an hour to buy tickets, and even then you're going to have to deal with crowds inside and outside the temples and street hawkers trying to sell you postcards or hats - but it is all totally worth it. The size and beauty of temples are simply breath-taking, as are the surrounding pathways and forests. Fortunately, as it such a large complex containing many temples, the crowds tend to thin out when you get away from the main temple.

    Oh, and tried the baked eggs if you see a vendor selling them!


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    San Gimignano. I mean, jeez, look at this place. Yes, it is lousy with tourists, but most of them won't make it up the towers, and the town and surrounding Tuscan countryside are breathtaking. Things really aren't offensively pricey, but you won't want to stay long. San GimignanoOne of the nicest surprises my wife and I ever experienced was taking some street hawker in Seville up on the evening of flamenco advertised in the cheesy flier he handed us. We went into this with very low expectations, but the evening was absolutely delightful. I have no idea how authentic an experience it was, but we left with a very strong sense of what makes the flamenco style of music and dance the brilliant art that it is. Sometimes you just have to shut down your reflex for sophistication and just say yes.

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      If the Flamenco place in Sevilla is the same one I went to, then you're spot on. I'm not a fan of dance but it totally blew my mind. So very glad that my mate convinced me to go. · (0 likelikes)

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    I just adore the Sacred Monkey Forest Ubud Sanctuary in Ubud. I have been there before and plan to head back again next month. It is not a large place, is set in a very attractive setting, and there are several lovely historic temples to see, but it is not a true view of monkeys in their natural habitat as these monkeys are very switched on, which to me is both the tourist trap aspect of this site, but also the whole reason to visit. Signs are up warning visitors not to carry plastic bags with snacks or water bottles. However, of course people do, and those monkeys scamper right up the visitor's leg, take whatever food is available, take the water bottles, and pop off close by for a snack and a refreshing drink. The monkeys open the water bottle caps and upend the bottle right into their mouths, and then toss the bottle away for a poor park person to pick up later. Bananas are for sale as well, but unless you are very intrepid, it is best to just hurl the bananas everywhere, or again, the monkeys crawl right up your body and grab all the bananas. But as switched on as the monkeys are, they are also very comfortable living their lives under a human microscope, and you can see monkey mom's feeding their young, grooming their young, and swinging along with a load of baby monkeys hanging on for dear life. And of course, monkeys get a little cranky with one another, and they do not hold back. I just loved it, even with full knowledge that there is no group of monkeys that ever really live this way in the wild. I plan to visit again in November of this year, and take photos to make into a calendar for my family members.Sacred Monkey Forest Ubud Sanctuary

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  • Terry Rhea

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    I would put Graceland on this list. It's almost impossible to describe the over the top style that Elvis loved and how the mansion is decorated. Also every August tens of thousands gather in Memphis for Elvis Week with the main attraction being the Candlelight Vigil on August 15. Between the Elvis impersonators and just the overall number of people there to remember him is amazing.

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    The marvelous monument to undying love, the Taj Mahal. The detail is so exquisite that it has been described as “having been designed by giants and finished by jewelers.” It is awe-inspiring, both for its breathtaking beauty, and for the love story that inspired it.Taj Mahalimage from geraldbrimacombe.com

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  • Will Taylor

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    Despite never-ending offers of drinks, post cards, and donkey rides, as well as endless requests for money and personal effects, my one-day visit to Petra was worth it. The trick is to just stay focused on the unbelievable rock-cut architecture during your hike through the city, and to appreciate the majesty and history of all that surrounds you.
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    When I moved up to Minnesota, I had to hit every "attraction" there was. And by far, I know the Spam Museum is a total tourist trap; however, it is AMAZING. The people are passionate, the experience is free, and the different exhibits are fabulous. Kudos to them for knowing how to not only package questionable meat but also a fantastic time!


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    Old Faithful in Yellowstone is ridiculously busy, but in a way that makes it nice. Everyone is sitting in anticipation, chatting to fellow tourists, snacking out of picnic bags as if they're at the movies. Then when the geyser rises there is an audible gasp from everyone watching. People even clap when it's over, which I've come to realise is simply a sweet way of thanking nature. Because you have to wait for the geyser rather than see it non-stop, there is less competitive photo-taking between tourists, and I can imagine some people come away having made friends.

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    Yosemite National Park is easily my favorite tourist trap. It's always crowded, especially in early summer, but it takes my breath away every time.Yosemite National Park

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    In Lisbon go to the Portas Do Sol "Miradouro das Portas do Sol" and down the streets of the Alfama losing yourself within the alleys of the neighborhood.
    Traverse if not all of it, a little part of the Mouraria "Rota da Mouraria" Route Moorish quarter and sample the flavors and aromas of this very diverse region of the city.


    I Hope this helped a little bit, if you need to plan any other aspect of your trip, don´t hesitate to send me a e-mail.

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    The Eiffel Tower in Paris. The ticket to get to the second floor is expensive and the queue is usually long, but the panoramic view is so worth it! We lived in Paris for 8 years and still went up there several times.

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  • Renate Flynn

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    Yosemite National Park can be absolutely overrun with tourists, especially in the Summer, but it is still so worth it to visit this unspeakably majestic and gorgeous part of the world. I must agree wholeheartedly with others who have chosen the Eiffel Tower, Venice, the Accademia di belle arti where Michelangelo's breathtaking David stands, and AlcatrazIsland. Another place teeming with tourists but well-worth the visit is Amsterdam - Dam Square, the main city square is a great place to rest awhile, enjoy the architecture, people-watch, and eat frites with mayonnaise!

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    The observation deck Empire State Building. The whole building is stunning piece of art deco architecture. We went on a cold clear January evening and the lights across the city were spectacular.Empire State Buildingimage from sbnation.com

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