20 of the world’s most beautiful World Heritage Sites; Sarah Reid; CNN

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Every year, around 25 global sites deemed to have “outstanding universal value” are added to UNESCO’s World Heritage list.

There are now more than 1,000 sites to visit all over the world.

Not bad, considering the original list, compiled in 1978, included only 12 entries.

There are still a few months till the newest members of the prestigious list are announced in June, so here’s a look back at 20 of the most beautiful — and famous — already on the list.

Site details in the gallery above, while info on getting to each is below.

Angkor (Cambodia)

The site is a 20-minute tuk-tuk ride from the city of Siem Reap.

The bulk of visitors come between November and February, when the weather is dry and temperatures are coolest (25-30 C).

To make the most of your visit to this incredible temple complex, a guide is essential.

We recommend Tong Hann of the Anantara Angkor Resort & Spa.

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