5 cool places that are off-limits to tourists

Last month, the Myanmar government tried to ban visitors from climbing the famous pagodas in the ancient city of Bagan, following complaints of “disgraceful” tourist behaviour. Here are five other places around the world (which aren’t in war zones) that are out of bounds to tourists

1. North Sentinel Island, Andaman Islands
1. North Sentinel Island, Andaman Islands
15 Mar 2016

1. North Sentinel Island, Andaman Islands

What’s there to see? Located in the Bay of Bengal, this place is renowned for its pristine waters and endless forestry.

We can’t go there because… the Sentinelese are, well, not very welcoming. It’s said that the tribe has been isolated from the modern world for over 60,000 years and would resort to violence to keep outsiders off their property.
 

2. Club 33, Disneyland California
2. Club 33, Disneyland California
15 Mar 2016

2. Club 33, Disneyland California

What’s there to see? Well, it’s the only place in the theme park, located in the New Orleans Square section that sells liquor.

We can’t go there because… it’s a members-only restaurant. To join this club, which opened in 1967, guests have to cough up US$25,000 (S$35,000) and an annual fee of US$10,000. It’s rumoured that there are about 500 members with another 800 on the waiting list.
 

3. Ise Grand Shrine, Japan
3. Ise Grand Shrine, Japan
15 Mar 2016

3. Ise Grand Shrine, Japan

What’s there to see? One of the most sacred shrines in the country dedicated to Amaterasu (the Sun Goddess), which has been around since 4BC.

We can’t go there because… only a priest or a priestess who must also be a member of the Japanese imperial family can enter the shrine. The only thing you can see is probably its thatched roof.
 

4. Queimada Grande Island, Brazil
4. Queimada Grande Island, Brazil
15 Mar 2016

4. Queimada Grande Island, Brazil

What’s there to see? The 4,000 of the world’s deadliest snakes living there. It’s also called Snake Island and you wonder why.

We can’t go there because… er, which part of “4,000 of the world’s deadliest snakes” do you not understand? One of the scaly residents is the endangered golden lancehead viper, which has venom potent enough to melt human flesh.
 

5. Vatican Secret Archives, Vatican City
5. Vatican Secret Archives, Vatican City
15 Mar 2016

5. Vatican Secret Archives, Vatican City

What’s there to see? All the acts decreed by the Holy See. The Archives are estimated to contain 84km of shelving with 35,000 volumes of documents. While certain documents (those less than 75 years old) can be viewed, it’s just that you can’t enter the Archives.

We can’t go there because… you have to get past the Pope himself because the documents are considered to be his private property. The only person we know who’s been inside the Archives is Tom Hanks. No, wait, that was in a movie.
 

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