Not many people make it here, but those who do are rewarded with incredible sights and unique cities. Almaty is a city nestled near the border of Kyrgyzstan. While the city itself boasts delicious restaurants, cafes, and a colorful church, it’s the nature near the city that makes it one of the most undiscovered places in the world. Nearby is the Big Almaty Lake, a stunning turquoise blue lake in the mountains, Kok Tobe Mountain, and Charyn Canyon, known as the Grand Canyon’s Little Brother. Kazakhstan has some of the most stunning nature in the world, so get there before everyone else figures it out (via Dook International).
Only a small number of tourists make it to Oman, a country in the Persian Gulf. Not many people know about the country. It’s only recently that it’s gotten picked up on the traveler’s radar as one of the most undiscovered places on earth. Now is the best time to visit, before its tourism economy booms. It’s home to expansive cities, barren deserts, and fjords. If you’re an adventurous traveler, you can kayak along the fjords and take in the turquoise water and towering cliffs. You may even spot a wild dolphin if you’re lucky (via Hostelworld).
Chiang Mai and Bangkok are two of the most popular cities in Thailand. But what many travelers miss is Pai, a tiny mountain town located four hours away from Chiang Mai. it attracts many backpackers seeking yoga, meditation, and vegan food. You’ll also find lively bars playing electronic dance music, tons of hikes snaking through the jungle to secluded waterfalls, and some of the best sunsets in the country. It’s no wonder why people who go to Pai end up staying for months or even years on end (via Southeast Asia Backpacker).
If green is your favorite color, then you have to make your way to Dominica Island, which is nicknamed the “Nature Isle of the Caribbean.” It has some of the most untouched, unspoiled beauty in the world. Some of the best parts of the island include tropical rainforests, Boiling Lake, and Champagne Reef. There’s also an underwater volcano and the Morne Toris Piton National Park. All of these natural wonders cannot be missed, and it’s the only place in the world where you’ll have all of these in one place. It’s one of the world’s best-kept secrets. If you can make it to this Caribbean island before the rest of the world discovers, you’re in for a treat (via Hostelworld).
Rarely do any travelers make it to Bhutan. It’s partly due to the tourist fee, which is $250 per day. The upside to that fee is that everything is included, so you don’t have to spend any more money once you set foot in Bhutan. That being said, Bhutan is home to some of the most undiscovered places in the world, and that includes the Tiger’s Nest. It has a precarious location, and its backstory involves a bit of mystery. It’s said that in the 8th century, Guru Padmasambhava flew on the back of a winged tiger in Paro Valley. He soared more than 3,000 meters high and landed on Tiger’s Nest, where he meditated for three years, three months, three weeks, three days, and three hours. Now, it’s home to seven temples, which takes five hours to reach. It has some of the most untouched scenery in the world and is an incredibly exciting place to visit, especially if you’re adventurous at heart (via Hostelworld).
For some of the best beaches in the world, head to Mexico. There are quite a few undiscovered places in this country that’ll make you gasp with their beauty. Everyone heads to Tulum and Cancun, two of the most touristic spots in the country. But there’s another, lesser-visited spot, and that’s Playa Del Amor. It’s located on the Marietas Islands and is easily accessible from Puerto Vallarta. This is where you’ll find an array of marine life and ocean water reaching down to 110 feet. The beach itself is a hidden cove that was formed from a gigantic crater (via Hostelworld).