24. Bagan, MyanmarWhy: "Some places earn a position on this list through their incomprehensible scale, others through dazzling ornateness. But Bagan is an exception: emphatically winning at both. ... As Myanmar's tourism industry slowly gathers momentum, there's no time like the present to visit."Read the Houston Chronicle's recent story about visiting Myanmar here. Photo: Matt Munro, Matt Munro / Lonely Planet / © Lonely Planet Global Inc, All Rights Reserved.