Have you visited all the sights? Paris, Rome and London are done and boring? Want to incorporate a little adventure into your trip and travel into the unknown. Today we’ll be giving you the best places to visit that you’ve probably never heard of. These places were submitted by viewers via Twitter which you can find here. So, lets begin. I give to the The Top 10 Places You’ve Never Heard Of.
Luang Prabang Laos
Luang Prabang is an small, ancient town encircled by beautiful mountains and rivers, situated in the northern regions of Laos. With breathtaking architectural, historical and cultural monuments coupled with authentic, organic chunks of Lao culture Luang Prabang is arguably the most amazing place to visit in Laos. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995, the city boasts stunning landscapes, markets, religious centres and extremely friendly people. As a small but gorgeous city you will find that majority of the time the city isn’t crowded with tourists allowing yourself to dig more into the authentic culture of the city. A must do for when in South East Asia.
Los Glaciertes National Park, Argentina
The Los Glaciertes National Park located within the southern regions of Argentina is nothing short of breath taking, with exceptional scenery all around the National Park is among the most beautiful glacier spots in the world. Spanning roughly an area of 600,000 hectares the park is an endless view of heaven, with a diverse landscape ranging from glaciers to grasslands accompanied by a range of local wildlife the site is an eye opener to those looking for adventure. The National Park is a perfect location to those who enjoy beautiful hikes and long walks, best to visit in during the months of September through to January to capture the stunning views but also enjoy a splash of sunlight.
If you’re looking for a bit of risk but also beauty on your trip, then why not head to Trolltunga in south eastern Norway. Trolltunga literally translates to ‘Trolls Tongue’ alluding to the beautiful piece of rock that carves out of the mountain to form an excellent platform to viewing and taking photos. To get there is quite challenging however, the hike starts in Skjeggedal and navigates through large mountains. The hike (There and back) is physically draining and takes an estimated 10-12 hours, however the reward is sheer self accomplishment and the chance to visit one of the most inconic spots in Norway. Along the hike there is also continually pleasant scenery of the mountains and fjords. The hike usually takes place from July to September, and should not be done in the winter.
Lord Howe Island, Australia
Lord Howe Island is an iconic spot that exemplifies nature’s beauty and rarity. Located just off the coast of central New South Wales is the minuscule island that is home to warm beaches, relaxing resorts and amazing activities for all ages. Lord Howe Island is for all with options for hikes, kayak trips or cycling or for simply those who want to lay back in the sand and relax. Home to a unique variety of wildlife the island also boasts great spots for snorkelling, surfing or paddle boarding. The island is open for roughly a third of the year with availability from February to June and September to December. Lord Howe is also a renown bird watching location and is home to a diverse community of birds. Coming to Lord Howe Island is an experience that is set to please.
This small but beautiful town in southern Macedonia is exactly the type of place you’ll want to visit if you love relaxing sunsets, a clear blue sky and an authentic community filled with delightful cafes, restaurants and bistros. Situated on Lake Ohrid, the small town will be sure not to disappoint with a range of historical and cultural sites to visit throughout the town. Within the town a variety of tours, walks and cycles are available and are definitely worth your while, taken along the small and bustling streets throughout the town to experience the daily life of Macedonians within Ohrid. So do you to get away from the big crowds and tourists trap and experience an authentic and rewarding trip to Macedonia, because if so, Ohrid Lake and Ohrid is the perfect place to visit.
The Yellow Mountains, Huangshan, China
The Yellow Mountains in China are one of the most beautiful and staggering sites in the whole country, with its amazing peaks, elegant rivers and creeks and eye opening ‘Sea of Clouds’ the Yellow Mountains are truly a wonder of nature. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1990 the mountains remain with cultural and historical significance among the local people. The Yellow Mountains is for everyone with the availability to take friends, family or partners, all will love it. As a significant location within China there will be crowds at main locations however as you venture deeper and deeper into the mountains you will soon find that the mountains are very quiet and graceful. Located in Huangshan which literally translates to Yellow Mountain, you will find that accommodation is cheap and basic however as you venture into the surrounding villages you will find deep roots of culture. Several Buddhists temples linger on and around the mountains which add an interesting atmosphere to the place. You will find that travelling to the Yellow Mountains in China is a must do and will be very rewarding to all who visit.
Valle de la Luna, Chile
The ‘Moon Valley’ located near San Pedro in Chile is a wonder to all who visit, who its ‘moon’ like surface, intruiging landscape and amazing sunsets the valley isn’t far from perfect. Due from years of flooding and drought the valley has a very interesting texture and colour pattern which sets it apart from all else in the world. The valley hosts a variety of natural wonders including dunes, mountains and lakes. The dunes and mountains are simply stunning and a great place for a walk or hike with a friend, especially those looking for more than a little adventure. The valley is also home to multiple salt lakes which when seen for the first time are quite unique. In addition the suns light can tone the long rolling plateaus and hills into a variety of colours including green, blue, yellow and red shades. Also a great place to stay during the evening and early night, the moons appearance seems to fit in with the valley, hence its name. The Valle de la Luna is one of the major natural locations in Chile that must be visited when there.
Samariá Gorge, Greece
Crete is a beautiful island within Greece that offers warm temperatures, stunning beaches and pools and also a range of natural spectales. The Samaria Gorge is one of them. As one of the longest Gorges within Europe the Samaria Gorge is a unique place filled with beauty to say the least. At 16kms the hike is for all and can be taken at a slow, steady or fast pace depending on your skill set. The hike is also full of continually changing scenery with mountains, rivers, creeks and forests all incorporated within the hike. Along the trail there are also small villages containing homes, shop and churches that are filled with history and culture, I would recommend stopping into one or two if you have time. At the end of the trail there is a place to relax and cool off with a cove to swim in – so make sure to bring some form of water gear! The hike is only available throughout certain months of the year and can be hiked from the beginning of May to the end of October. Due to the mountainous stretch of the hike at the beginning it would be advised for those to physically prep themselves, but other than that, just go out and have fun!
Ilulissat Ice Fjord, Greenland
The Ilulissat Ice Fjord is quite the experience, with beautiful ice bergs, glaciers and open sea, the trip is more than amazing! The trip can be taken a variety of ways – flying, hiking or by boat. All views are amazing and you will be sure to get more than one perspective of the fjord. The Ice Fjord is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site which highlights the national importance of the landmark. I recommend visiting the Fjord during the ‘Gold Hour’ which typically occurs in the late evening, the light dances off the icebergs and delivers a view that is post card perfect. As well as being a wonderful site to visit, it has a small population of tourists so you can avoid the crowds! Visiting the Fjord also makes for a kickass story when you get back home!
Gorkhi Terelj National Park, Mongolia
The Terelj National Park in Mongolia is a spectacle of natural beauty, with amazing and natural rock formations, accompanied by small creeks, meadows and flowers creates the perfect environment for those seeking a quiet but gorgeous morning or afternoon. Terelj is 80km away from Ulaanbaatar so be sure to pack all that you need. Within the park there are several activities that include riding, rafting, camping, mountain biking, hiking and skiing – you have an amazing variety of options to pick from so have fun! The National Park is one of the most beautiful locations within Mongolia and should definitely be visited if you are staying within the country!
All of these places are truly beautiful and great locations to go to if you have never been before! Take your family or friends because travelling is much more fun with those you love around you! If you enjoyed our list or have any ideas for future blog posts then be sure to leave a comment or share or Twitter and Facebook. Have a great day to everyone around the world!
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