You know the feeling when you anticipate something so much that you tend to idolize the picture and when it actually happens, it turns that your expectations surpassed the real thing by miles? Yes, it's called a disappointment, and it happens way more often than it should when traveling to the most famous vacation destinations and places to visit. These days most people don't wear rose-colored glasses, they opt for an Instagram filter instead. Which is why traveling has become so disheartening—where are those idyllic beaches that you saw online? It was better when we could only read about those exotic places to travel and imagine them; now, ruined by Instagram, your travel ideas will never match up to reality.

So come, join us—pull back the veil and see the Truth of travel impressions for yourself. Bored Panda has collected this list of travel expectation VS reality. Which false advertising photo has the best let-down photo? You can also check out these famous places to go zoomed out to show their surroundings.

More info: (h/t: traveltriangle)

#1

Visiting The Great Wall Of China

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Zhu Difeng Report

FatéméAhmadi
Community Member
5 years ago

I prefer to see the photos and enjoy...

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#2

Taking Photos With Leaning Tower Of Pisa In Italy

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Martin Parr Report

DariaB
Community Member
5 years ago

Ahahaah!!! Looks like a Stephen Chow style kung-fu lesson.

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#3

Admiring Mona Lisa In Louvre Museum, Paris, France

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sergeymk Report

ElnetoCibrian
Community Member
5 years ago

I was there, totally true There was people waiting only for the selfie, nobody was even looking Lisa :(

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#4

Having A Picnic Near The Eiffel Tower In Paris, France

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LRD Report

DariaB
Community Member
5 years ago

Soooooo romantic.....

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#5

Learning A New Hobby On A Ski Trip

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More Kids Than Suitcases Report

PandaBear
Community Member
5 years ago

Why isn't this one up the top!? This is the best one yet

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#6

Sunbathing In The Famous Beach Of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

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LucaGiordano
Community Member
5 years ago

that is not quite fair :-) that is during a concert on that beach :-)

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#7

Taking A Peaceful Gondola Ride In Venice, Italy

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Lumi Toma Report

AlepandaPandusco
Community Member
5 years ago

I've never seen such a traffic jam in the canal!

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#8

Relaxing On The Gorgeous Beaches Of Maldives

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Alexander Brown Report

NataliaBerowska
Community Member
5 years ago

Actually the difference between this images is simple. One was taking in expensive hotel where probably someone cleans the beach and other was taking on the public beach where inhabitants don't give a sh*t about it.

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#9

Walking Around Santorini Island, Greece

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paowmagazine Report

LuisMilian
Community Member
5 years ago

this one was my next vacation pick....back to research mode.

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#10

Checking Out The Breathtaking Glory Of The Taj Mahal, India

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Marvin Bartels Report

GerardHollestelle
Community Member
5 years ago

Go there at six in the morning and the first picture is reality

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#11

Enjoying Your Private Moments On The Beaches Of Thailand

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NotchimineMette
Community Member
5 years ago

This place was way more crowded when I was there. And the petrol fumes were stifling... I was sooo upset.

DoBao
Community Member
5 years ago

You can go to Vietnam, there are many many beautiful private place for you to discover ;)

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stoox006
Community Member
5 years ago

This is the place where "The Beach" was filmed close to Koh Phi Phi. Why people want to touch the dirt that Leo touched 15 year ago is beyond me. There are beaches across the bay from this one totally empty. If you end up going to Phi Phi... just skip this tour and do some scuba diving or snorkeling instead ;)

VladislavsG
Community Member
5 years ago

I visited this place in September and there were only like 30 people there. If you pick the right time for your trip, you should be just fine! Here is the picture I took - imag0628.jpg imag0628.jpg

maggiemoonbeam
Community Member
5 years ago

Thank you!

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nakkiewildvangst
Community Member
5 years ago

it was even more when i was there

MartaTumiłowicz
Community Member
5 years ago

I was in Rayong in November and the beach was empty and gorgeous :)

ChrisCorner
Community Member
5 years ago

When I was on phiphi leh nobody was there, beacausr the waves outside were so high that no longtail-boatsman drove to the island. After making a good offer one boatsman brought us there. It was incredible

Daniel W Maynard
Community Member
1 year ago

More like your not-so private moments

Michel Guntern
Community Member
5 years ago

Get there before the tourist boats arrive.

CuriousCat
Community Member
5 years ago

i didnt get past the first photo.

WayneBeesley
Community Member
5 years ago

i have been to a few thai islands - thomas cooke sell you the first image the reality is VERY different - Ko Phi Phi had so many plastic water bottles in the sea i was literally crying - paradise lost......

Hollie-DeeBailey
Community Member
5 years ago

Go early, about 7am, and hire one of the private boats with driver (1500baht). It'll be almost empty

daniel perez perez
Community Member
7 months ago

This is a beautiful places for you relax and get a good time for you, I think the beaches of Thailand are a place where you live excellent moments and unforgettable experiences with your family and special with your pair.

Mitja P.
Community Member
3 years ago

It is simply, you might expect that...what is globaly advertised is no more a treasure ;)

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4 years ago

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Esraa Ahmed
Community Member
4 years ago

Yup , ugly truth

Benz Tyt
Community Member
4 years ago

I WAS THERE AND IT WAS WORSE I HAD A HOLE IN MY SWIMMING TRUNKS

Donna Young
Community Member
4 years ago

Head of my bucket list

JLPease
Community Member
5 years ago

Was hoping for more girls in green!!

diansepta
Community Member
5 years ago

you can visit Indonesia, green bay, wedi ireng beach in Banyuwangi... you will find your private beach :)

SofiaKoutsouveli
Community Member
5 years ago

That's not accurate!! The boats should be more old!! Lol but well I believe u can find a private spot in Thailand if u know where to go,avoid puket at all cost

JuanPodhainy
Community Member
5 years ago

No deja de ser maravilloso...

ThierryFi
Community Member
5 years ago

This is during the day, there is one tour where you´ll be there when all the tourists leave, and then it sure is one of the most beautiful beaches of this planet

TammyChapman
Community Member
5 years ago

I want to go when it looks like the first picture.

AlfBirnecker
Community Member
5 years ago

Take a sailing yacht and stay over night - after 4:30 it looks like on the first pic. And this is the most crowded beach in Thailand - Maya Beach on Phi Phi Lei.

JacobdeGroot
Community Member
5 years ago

There are still plenty of pristine beaches to be found in Thailand.

SzymonGryg
Community Member
5 years ago

Thailand is about noise, dangerous practice, overcrowding and ripping the tourist off.

FatmaPındıkoglu
Community Member
5 years ago

Unfortunately this is the real photo :/

MarinaMladin
Community Member
5 years ago

depends on what beach you go ...this for sure is the one with The beach movie , wich you should actualy avoid , there are onther islands and beaches same beautyful or even more to explore

AviIyer
Community Member
5 years ago

this i so untrue! i went to thailand and it was more like the first picture! (mostly on the islands)

NardongPutik
Community Member
5 years ago

But the boats are made with organic material.

NorAzmeir
Community Member
5 years ago

There are tones of nice and more private beaches in Thailand. Just need to put effort in finding them. Get a scooter to ride around the island (Phuket or krabi) and discover yrself. Instead of following tourguides.

Marco-AntónioSquires-ReiseMoura
Community Member
5 years ago

I certainly preferred the first photo! I've never been, and don't care to go!

Marco-AntónioSquires-ReiseMoura
Community Member
5 years ago

Well, I certainly preferred the first photo!

MatteoMascanzoni
Community Member
5 years ago

so true :(

JudithChandler
Community Member
5 years ago

There are better beaches in Thailand but harder to get to.

EliseSt.Clair
Community Member
5 years ago

Yep it was terrible. We couldnt swim there were too many boats & people

RichardHoskins
Community Member
5 years ago

Nah there's still masses of beaches in Thailand without a soul in sight. You just need to be savvy.

RichardHoskins
Community Member
5 years ago

(In fact, I've even been on beaches on Koh Phi Phi which were deserted.)

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LouiseBoggis
Community Member
5 years ago

I visited here too, it was part of a trip and it was so busy on that beach some people couldnt even get off their boats. The photos we took were rubbish, better off using a postcard for the photo album

NadWin
Community Member
5 years ago

There are sell quiet and beautiful beaches. This looks like phi phi leh- the beach, tourist destination no. 1

KathyLeicht
Community Member
5 years ago

You shouldn't give these impressions as reality. We've been to so many beaches in Thailand and the majority of them have been groomed daily. Of course if it is your intent to find the worst beach....

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#12

Admiring The Trevi Fountain In Rome, Italy

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SandirLeonardo
Community Member
5 years ago

True!

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#13

Watching The Stonehenge During Sunset, United Kingdom

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Crisher Entertainment Report

AmyFaith
Community Member
5 years ago

THIS IS SUMMER SOLSTICE. Normally you aren't allowed this close to the stones, so this picture is misleading.

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#14

Visiting Pyramids Of Giza In Cairo, Egypt

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Edward Ewert Report

Ada-LeeQuirk
Community Member
5 years ago

Best to arrive either very, very early n the day, or later in the afternoon or evening. And bring a lot of bottled water, it's hot as blazes and waiting in one can be very overwhelming. Plus I wouldn't advise going up in the pyramid if you have any claustrophbia. It's hot, dark, and has no air flow.

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#15

Climbing Mount Everest, Nepal

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Barry Bishop Report

ArekCzuchraj
Community Member
5 years ago

Hillary Steps always crowded , beside there is 4-6 weeks weather window and from it only 2 weeks for summit attack , as well sinc 90's commercial tour operators took over this rock , from first climb in 53 numbers of 'climbers' went ballistic , you have money , you go everest ... Fukcud up a bit

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#16

Hanging Out At The Spanish Steps In Italy With Your Sweetheart

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PeterJot Report

YanayTsabary
Community Member
5 years ago

Who is this model?? I swear to god I see her everywhere it's starting to get creepy

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#17

Admiring Little Mermaid In Copenhagen, Denmark

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JesperBové
Community Member
5 years ago

No matter what, the first one is photoshopped, she is not sitting with open water in the background but in the harbour of CPH. And yes she is tiny, hence the name, Little Mermaid.

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#18

Enjoying St. Peter's Square Before Entering The Beautiful Basilica In Vatican City

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Erik Gamache Report

Kostas
Community Member
5 years ago

this line moves very fast. it's just for the metal detector and dress code control

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#19

Walking In Sheep Meadow, In New York's Central Park, United States

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Ekabhishek Report

DanielGagliano
Community Member
5 years ago

its not even the same day wtf lol one is winter and one is summer what a joke how many of these are lies like this

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#20

Visiting The Acropolis Of Athens, Greece

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imgur.com Report

VaggelisKaradimas
Community Member
5 years ago

Well, the photo "after" shows Propylaia of Acropolis and not Parthenon. The temple is at the back of the photographer.

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#21

Visiting Hall Of Mirrors In The Palace Of Versailles, France

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LenkaSmejkalová
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5 years ago

I was there and hall wasn't full like that, just few groups of people

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#22

Admiring The Glorious Niagara Falls, Which Marks The Border Between Canada And USA

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KP Tripathi Report

DianaLai
Community Member
5 years ago

That looks like Canada Day celebration. Does not look like

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#23

Exploring Arashiyama Bamboo Forest In Japan

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Daniel Peckham Report

ClaudiaLandry
Community Member
5 years ago

It really isn't that bad actually. Quite a pleasant walk and not that much people, especially in the morning.

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#24

Camping In The Himalayas

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Michael Kodas Report

MaríaPazGreeneF
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5 years ago

Both are really pretty though <3

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#25

Walking By The Howrah Bridge In Kolkata, India

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AlexandraParvu
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5 years ago

the garbage is still there, in the first photo

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#26

Exploring Antelope Canyon Arizona, USA

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SarahBirtwisleNewson
Community Member
5 years ago

We went out of season and we were the only ones in there

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#27

Having Family Fun Time At The Water Park

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DavidGallagher
Community Member
5 years ago

The family appears to be in a hotel, and swimming pools in hotels are often empty enough. As for public pools in China...I'm sorry but no amount of heat would ever make me want to dive in there. How is that remotely enjoyable? I'd have a panic attack.

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#28

Admiring Wat Rong Khun Temple In Thailand

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Ying Tong Low Report

ClarPanganiban
Community Member
5 years ago

We've been here on a touristy season and there's not this much people. Maybe it just depends on the time and season? These two photos are not even the same angles! lol. So one-sided.

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#29

Enjoying James Bond Island In Thailand

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ninjoun
Community Member
5 years ago

if second pic gets saturated it will be quite good.

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#30

Getting Goosebums In Front Of The Ancient Temple Of Abu Simbel In Egypt

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Walter Weinberg Report

LauraGary-Domingue
Community Member
5 years ago

I don't know if I'd want to get the "goosebums." Is that like the chicken pox?

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#31

Walking Across The Capilano Suspension Bridge In Vancouver, Canada

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Michelle Lee Report

DariusB.
Community Member
5 years ago

good enough for me

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#32

Visiting The Forbidden City In Beijing, China

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DariusB.
Community Member
5 years ago

not so forbidden then :P

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#33

Swimming With Dolphins

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Arty
Community Member
5 years ago

you don't swim with dolphins! You touch some poor animal prisoner in a few square meters. Please don't do that!

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#34

Visiting The Sydney Opera House, Australia

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PandaBear
Community Member
5 years ago

I must say…It isn't always this crowded.

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#35

Tasting Thailand’s Exotic Food In Bangkok, Thailand

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HellonEarth2006 Report

DanielBonadiman
Community Member
5 years ago

These two photos are from different places, one photo is from a floating market outside of Bangkok way less crowded than the one close to the city.

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#36

Anytime You're Admiring The Blooming Sakura Trees

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DanielBonadiman
Community Member
5 years ago

These two photos are from different places, one in in Kyoto and the other probably Ueno park in Tokyo. This comparison makes no sense.

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#37

Exploring The Amazing Architectural Details Of Gaudi's Casa Mila In Barcelona, Spain

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Mike Report

JuliaKalcheva
Community Member
5 years ago

Casa Mila was covered for restoration in 2014, that's old news! Last October was amasing and fully uncovered!

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#38

Admiring The Breathtaking Machu Picchu Scenery, Peru

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Ricardo Shuck Report

WendyMargarita
Community Member
5 years ago

GO EARLY! I was there before the influx of tour buses came in! And it was sooooo worth it!

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#39

Exploring The Pristine Temples Of Angkor Wat, Cambodia

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Jessica
Community Member
5 years ago

I went alone, before the sunrise. Magical.

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#40

Enjoying A Hike In Yosemite National Park, United States

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Mike Oria Report

LillianBlackburn
Community Member
5 years ago

Having spent considerable time at Yosemite I can say the second photo is of a very touristy 'scenic view', but there are plenty of places to be all alone, if you are willing to get out into the woods.

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