Sick of the Londons and New York of the world?
Go ahead and add these hidden gems to your bucket list of the best places to visit in the world!
As the southernmost town in the world, Ushuaia serves as the hidden gems headquarters for many Antarctic explorations. Even if you decide not to head off to the iced continent, Ushuaia has plenty to offer, from rides aboard steam-engine pulled trains (Southern Fuegian Railway) to the impressive sight of the Martial mountain range beyond the city.
A tiny fishing village and one of the hidden gems with a population of just 400 on Brazil’s east coast. It’s glorious without being crowded – the perfect place to get away from the world.
Hidden gems of Dubai might get all the ex-pat bucks and boast the tallest buildings, but it is Muscat in Oman that deserves the title of the prettiest city in the Middle East. With gorgeous white buildings, mountains and beautiful beaches, you’ll wonder why Muscat doesn’t find a location on more travel itineraries.
This is as surreal as it gets: a tiny oasis in the heart of a vast desert. Often called the “Oasis of South America”, Huacachina’s tiny tourist village makes for one hell of a vacation destination.
5.Rann of Kutch, India
You’ve seen the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. Now try the Rann of Kutch in the state of Gujarat, India. Immensely flat and incredibly vast, the Kutch’s desolate landscape merits a spot in your travel itinerary.
Head out to this tiny Mongolian town for the gorgeous Achit Lake and gorgeous views of the Harhiraa-Turgen mountains. For the quintessential Mongolian experience, live in a yurt by the lake and drive a motorcycle across the endless steppes.
7.Can Tho, Vietnam
Shirk Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City; for an authentic Vietnamese experience, head out to Can Tho instead. This little-big town has all the facilities you’d expect of a major city, yet, a pace of life that has hardly altered over the last 100 years. Highlights include the “floating” market and the “hot pot” alley. Highly recommended if you love authentic Vietnamese food.
8.Gaoligong Mountain Nature Reserve, China
Beyond the din of Beijing and Shanghai lies a China few western travellers know about. The Gaoligong Nature Reserve is the promise of the lot – a vast mountainous region with stunning landscapes and diverse native wildlife. If you must trek anywhere in China, let it be Gaoligong.
Rovinj has near celebrated status among travellers in Eastern Europe but remains largely undiscovered by western tourists. This tiny fishing port is one of the most beautiful towns in the Mediterranean, with picture-perfect seaside houses and sailboats plying the blue waters.
This small Spanish town of 42,000 inhabitants boasts a huge rock formation at the edge of town, white washed houses and narrow streets that have remained unaffected for centuries. Excellent Spanish cuisine and wine are an added bonus. Next time you’re in Spain, skip Saville and Madrid and head over to Antequera instead.
Sarlat-la-Caneda isn’t just a travel ordeal; it’s like stepping out of a time machine. This tiny town of 9,500 people has persisted unchanged for hundreds of years. This is what people mean when they talk of “old world charm”.
12.Praia a Mare, Italy
Blue waters, vast empty beaches: what more could anyone ask for? Praia a Mare is one of the many hidden gems along Italy’s coast, a tiny resort town curled up behind high cliffs. The Dino Island nearby is great for diving, and there are even sea caves to explore for the more adventurous.
13.El Nido, Philippines
Fishing, kayaking and lounging by the beach in a tropical utopia. It doesn’t really get any better than this. Oh, and there are steep limestone cliffs, dense jungles, swift, shallow rivers, and cheap resorts to round up the allures of this Filipino coastal town.
Come here for the mountain vistas and a chance to take a dip in the city’s outstanding hot springs.
This beautiful city on the Baltic coast shows off a history a thousand years old, and architecture stunning enough to make the best of Amsterdam and Berlin look stale in comparison. Come here if you want to experience the beauty of Bruges, minus the taxes and crowds.
Cliffs, hills, valleys, ocean: this is the topography of Saba in a nutshell. Found in the Leeward Antilles group of islands in the Caribbean, Saba is often called the Caribbean’s “Unspoiled Queen”. The isle has gone largely unnoticed by western tourists, which means you can still experience a sliver of Caribbean life and natural beauty without the attendant costs and tourist-caused chaos.
17.Staraya Russa, Russia
Lit geeks might comprehend this town as the summer retreat of Fyodor Dostoevsky. Visit it for the Dostoevsky House Museum, the traditional Russian architecture of the Cathedral of Resurrection and Mina Muchenik Church, and the old buildings along the main street that make you feel like you’re dwelling in a Nikolai Gogol novel.
18.Pyin U Lwin, Myanmar
The former summer capital of the British Raj in Burma (Myanmar) has some extraordinary Victorian architecture and mountain vistas, minus the crowds of the rest of Burma.
There’s only one reason to visit the tiny hamlet of Abhaneri in the Indian state of Rajasthan: the Chand Baori step-well. This step-well served as the location for the “Lazarus Pit” in The Dark Knight Rises. It looks like something M.C. Escher would draw in his fantasies.
The natural stone towers of Wulingyan were the basis of the “floating mountains” in James Cameron’s Avatar. A hike through the area doesn’t feel all too dissimilar from wandering through an alien landscape.