Unknown destinations

@Porcospino (16428)
Denmark
January 10, 2013 11:35am CST
On a local travel site from my country I found a list of relatively unknown places that few tourists visit. Some of places that they mentioned were Busuanga in the Philippines, Ilhabela in Brazil, Irkutsk in Russia, Yerevan in Armenia, Humbhalgarh, Bundi and Jaisalmer in India and Hanoi and Hoi An in Vietnam. I have visited Hanoi, and I have read about Hoi An, Irkutsk and Yerevan, but I have never heard about the other places. I would like to visit Yerevan and Irkutsk one day. I have never been to Armenia, but I think that it could be interesting to visit Armenia and Georgia one day. I also want to visit Irkutsk and lake Baikal. Which places from the list have you visited or heard about? Do you like to visit relatively unknown places with few tourists? Why/why not?
4 responses
• Philippines
10 Jan 13
Hi! I'm from the Philippines and Busuanga is a known tourist destination here. It's actually part of Coron in Palawan. Palawan is a known tourist destination because it's where St. Paul Underground River, one of the New Seven Wonders of the world, is located. I'm not sure if you have heard about Palawan or Coron but it sure is a nice place to discover. It's the best diving area I can say that Philippines can offer. We Filipinos often say that you got to stay for at least five days in Coron to be able to do all acitivites there and appreciate its beauty. As for going to unknown places, that's one thing I would like to try. I like to travel a lot but I have never been out of the country yet. I have been to few beautiful tourist destinations here in the Philippines and Coron tops my list. Hope you can visit Philippines someday too. :)
@Porcospino (16428)
• Denmark
10 Jan 13
Thanks for the information about Busuanga I don't know much about Palawan, but I have seen the name in some of the discussions here on Mylot and it sounds like an interesting place to visit. I would also like to visit Bohol and Cebu when I get the chance to go the Philippines. It is one of the countries on my travel wishlist and I think that it will be possible for me to go to the Philippines someday Right now I don't have any money to spend on travelling, and it will take a while before I will be able to visit a place outside Europe again, but I think that it will be possible in the future.
• Philippines
10 Jan 13
Yes, Cebu and Bohol are two places that you must go to when you come visit Philippines. It's so rich in history and there's a lot of beautiful sceneries and places you can go to and activities you can try both in Bohol and Cebu. I hope someday you can come visit here! :) Saving is what I do to in order to be able to travel. However, traveling outside Philippines is too expensive for me right now so I try to save money every chance I get to fulfill that dream. :D As of now, I wanna be be able to see the wonders of my own country first before going abroad so that's what my friends and I are up to. Philippines is an archipelago so there's more to see. There are websites too that offer travel/get-away packages that you can take advantage of. My friends and I are so fond of these websites. We only focus on local destinations now but the websites are really giving out great offers and packages. Anyway, I wanna go see Europe one day too. When I was a kid I used to keep a diary and in one of the pages in my diary I wrote my bucket list. One of it was to travel Europe. I kept that diary but didn't know that mom got a hold of it when she was cleaning my room. She kept it and only told me just recently. She keeps teasing me about the things I listed on my bucket list. Hahaha!
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@Porcospino (16428)
• Denmark
11 Jan 13
I think that it is a very good idea to visit the places in your own country first and I can imagine that there are a lot of interesting and beautiful places to visit in the Philippines. The pictures that I have seen from your country are very beautiful. When I visit the Philippines I will be able to spend 21 days in the country because that it is limit if I want to visit the Philippines without a visa. I will have to pick out the places carefully in order to make the most of the time I hope that you will have the chance to visit Europe in the future. I think that there are lots of interesting places to visit here. I live in Western Europe and many tourists visit the countries in Western Europe every year, but I also think that Eastern Europe is interesting and it is generally less expensive than Western Europe.
• India
11 Jan 13
hey Jaisalmer in India is a very popular tourist destination. many tourists from across the world visit here to experience desert safari, and stay in camps amidst beautiful sand dunes.. One can also visit Jaisalmer fort, that surprisingly houses many houses which are still inhabited by people.. There are certain cafes in the fort serving amazing food, and they have amazing views as well.
@Porcospino (16428)
• Denmark
11 Jan 13
Jaisalmer sounds like an interesting place to visit. In my country most people haven't heard of it so it is interesting to hear that it is actually a popular tourist destination. Most people from my country only know Taj Mahal I hope that I will be able to visit India in the future. I have a friend from Southern India and I want to visit him, but I would also like to travel around in the other parts of India and visit some of the interesting and beautiful places around the country. A trip to India is one of my big dreams...
• Philippines
10 Jan 13
Hi, I am from Philippines and apparently, I am here in Puerto Princesa City which is part of Palawan nevertheless... Busuanga is one of the most visited sites in Palawan, it is located north of Palawan. The place is known for its own beauty. Actually, there are too many places in Palawan that is so beautiful to visit, you will find Palawan beautiful if you love nature...
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@Porcospino (16428)
• Denmark
11 Jan 13
I think that few people from my country have heard about Palawan and Busuanga. Most people have only heard of Manila and they don't really know the other parts of the Philippines. Before I joined Mylot my knowledge about the Philippines was also quite limited, but I have learned a lot from the discussions and I have been inspired to add new places to my travel wish list. Palawan is one of the places that I would like to visit when I get the chance to go to the Philippines. The pictures that I have seen from the Philippines are very beautiful and I would love to visit some of those places in person.
@maximax8 (27045)
10 Jan 13
I like to get off the beaten track. I would love to take the railway from Moscow to Beijing via Irkutsk with its nearby Lake Baikal and Mongolia. I am keen to visit Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. I have heard of Yerevan and the other two capitals of those countries. I visited a small village in Bulgaria. I asked around if anyone had a private room. Amazingly the hair dresser let me rent the bedroom above her shop. I was very grateful and it didn't cost very much money. When I lived in the Netherlands for four months I enjoyed cycling to villages and seeing their lovely architecture. I sometimes get fed up with busy crowds. I like the idea of traveling to relatively unknown places due to the peace and quiet. I have the sights to myself and the photo opportunities are fantastic. On Easter Sunday it was very busy in Rio. Less well known places tend to be cheaper.
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@Porcospino (16428)
• Denmark
11 Jan 13
The journey through Russia, China and Mongolia that you describe sounds really interesting. I would like to travel on the Transsiberian railway in the future. I would spend some time in Irkutsk and I would visit lake Baikal while I was in that area. Orginally I wanted to travel all the way across Russia (Msocow-Vladivostok) but I think it might be more interesting to visit China or Mongolia. I also want to visit Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. I am not sure how hard or expensive it is to get a visa for Azerbaijan, but I think that the other two countries are quite easy to visit (no visa, visa on arrival and good flight connections) Yes, relatively unknown places are often much more quiet and we are able to escape the crowds. In Vietnam I visited Hanoi first and then I went to Dalat which was much smaller than the capital and less crowded. I enjoyed visiting Hanoi, but I also thought that it was very nice to visit a place with relatively few international tourists, and I felt that I was able to get a better impression of the country that way.