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  • Writer's pictureDianna Janas

What are the top emerging destinations for 2023?


 

Cambodia

Cambodia is often overlooked despite having the magnificent Temples of Angkor, some of the world's most important historical landmarks.

Nonetheless, many travellers are now discovering Cambodia's wonderful travel experiences. It's a destination where you can uncover some of the most remarkable treasures of the past, enjoy a leisurely cruise down the Mekong River, explore the stylish beaches of Sihanoukville located on the Gulf of Thailand, or indulge in the emerging food scene in the capital city,

Phnom Penh. Cambodia is also an excellent choice to combine with other Southeast Asian countries such as Thailand, Laos, or Vietnam, and it's possible to visit all three countries in one itinerary.

Vietnam

Vietnam is a nation that is often misconstrued, but fortunately, the past two decades have seen an improvement in relations with the West and an increased interest from travellers who have come to appreciate the wonders of a Vietnamese vacation. Vietnam boasts abundant cultural beauty, from the hidden bars and delightful cafes of the colonial French Quarter in Hanoi to the open-air eateries and coastal beaches of Hoi An, to the captivating mountain charm of Dalat is a highly underrated destination. The country is also abundant in historical landmarks, including the sites of the Vietnam War, as well as the imperial palaces of the Nguyen Dynasty located in Hue. Moreover, Halong Bay, one of the world's most exceptional natural landscapes, is rightly considered a must-visit. A journey to Vietnam to explore the deep-blue waters adorned with thousands of karst islands is worth it for the sheer majesty of its natural beauty.



Türkiye

It's difficult to surpass the country that lies at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. Istanbul straddles the Bosphorus and offers visitors the chance to explore some of the best cuisine in the region (who can resist baklava?) and world-renowned landmarks like the Hagia Sophia and the Grand Bazaar, all while being able to say they've visited two continents on a single city stopover.

However, travellers are beginning to recognize the other possibilities of a trip to Türkiye. Cappadocia, with its fairy-tale rock chimneys, is a wonderland to behold, while Izmir boasts sweeping coastlines that provide ample opportunities for relaxation. The country is also full of ancient archaeological sites, such as the ruins of Troy, making it a place where history, nature, and culture converge in exhilarating ways.



Colombia

In recent years, Colombia has undergone a significant transformation. For too long, it was synonymous with notorious gangsters from the past. However, today it has emerged as a vibrant, lively, and alluring destination in Latin America.

Cartagena's coastal city is a relaxation hub, boasting a charming colonial old town and sprawling beaches. Meanwhile, Medellín, often regarded as Colombia's most attractive city, is located on the hillside and provides easy access to lush forests.

Adventurers and history enthusiasts are increasingly drawn to Colombia's Ciudad Perdida, a lost city hidden in the jungle that predates Machu Picchu.


Tasmania

While not a country but rather a state, Tasmania is still a noteworthy inclusion on this list due to its distance from the Australian mainland. This often-overlooked state is rightfully starting to garner attention away from its mainland counterparts.

It is a destination for hiking and experiencing the peaceful and grandeur of nature, whether along the east coast's Freycinet Peninsula or further inland at Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Port Arthur provides an unparalleled look into Australia's colonization by European settlers, while Hobart is a welcoming, walkable port city that serves as the finish line for one of the world's most exciting boating events, the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. And if you're looking to see Tasmanian devils in their natural habitat, this is the only place in the world where you can spot these feisty critters.


Jordan

The popularity of Dune in 2021 served as a timely reminder of the otherworldly landscapes of Jordan.

This Middle Eastern nation has once again claimed a top spot as one of the best places to explore in the region. Its unique natural landscapes, such as the black-rock desert of Wadi Rum and the saline waters of the Dead Sea, offer breathtaking views of otherworldly splendour. Petra is one of the world's top-five historical sites, while the capital city of Amman boasts ancient Roman sites and is one of the most comfortable cosmopolitan centers between Istanbul and Cairo.

Jordan is also home to numerous biblical sites, including Mt. Nebo, where Moses first spotted the Holy Land. More and more travellers are discovering that Jordan offers unforgettable natural and historical experiences, making it an excellent standalone destination or a convenient addition to a trip that includes other Middle Eastern countries such as Egypt and Israel.




Israel

Much like its neighbouring country Jordan, Israel boasts some of the most stunning natural and historical sites in the world.

For religious travellers, a visit to Israel is an awe-inspiring experience. Jerusalem, in particular, is a city of great religious significance, with major landmarks for Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, such as the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and the Dome of the Rock, respectively.

Additionally, the Dead Sea is shared with Jordan, giving visitors the opportunity to float on the waters of the lowest point on Earth.

Israel is also renowned for its vibrant nightlife, with Tel Aviv being one of the world's top party cities. During the day, visitors can enjoy the beach and hit the Club at night.



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