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10 Off-the-Beaten But Affordable Path Countries to Visit in 2024

Believe it or not, Embracing Unconventional Adventures is the New Norm.

While everyone seeks stunning scenic views like the Caribbean Islands, the desire for uncharted destinations to craft lasting memories is rising.

Travel enthusiasts are increasingly drawn to trending Asian countries like Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Sri Lanka, South Korea, and beyond. These places offer respite from the usual tourist hotspots, allowing visitors to savor each locale’s essence truly.

Top 10 Trending Asian Countries For Unique and Unseen Experiences

Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka has been gaining popularity since the start of the year 2023.

If you wish to taste an authentic Sri Lankan experience, visit Marawila. It has everything from stunning beaches, luxury stays, and exciting water sports such as snorkeling, jet skiing, and banana boat rides to visiting Negombo, where you can discover a vibrant nightlife, appealing Dutch architecture, and many scrumptious seafood restaurants.

Also, ditch the Sirigira rock for Pidurangala rock, which offers a more thrilling and less-crowded experience. Don’t miss the historic city of Galle, and beaches like Welingama for surfing, Mirissa and Tangelle for the beauty.

Kazakhstan

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Embark on incredible off-beat adventures by traveling to this hottest tourist spot in Asia.

Recently, Kazakhstan won the most trending tourism destination for Indian Travelers award, making it a must-visit spot in case you haven’t touched its grounds yet.

Add Charyn Canyon, Kolsai Lakes, a one-day trip to Korgalzhyn Nature Reserve, and ice skating near Ile-Alatau National Park to your bucket list for anyone looking beyond ordinary experiences.

Turkmenistan

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Turkmenistan is one of the least-visited places on the planet owing to its 70% desert area. So, if you are looking for an off-beat experience, Ashgabat (the capital city) has got you covered. It also holds a Guinness record for its rich density of white marble-clad buildings worldwide

You must visit the modern Wedding Palace, dive into the Kow Ata Underground Lake, and even visit the Turkmen carpet museum for its exquisite carpets.

For a new experience, plan a trip to Yangykala Canyon to view surreal cliffs and Ancient Merv, a famous UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Uzbekistan

Registan, an old public square in the heart of the ancient city of Samarkand, Uzbekistan.
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Located in Central Asia, Uzbekistan is another hidden gem for tourists to enjoy and relax with their families and friends. Moreover, the country has opened its gates to 39 new countries, including India, which makes the region more accessible.

There is a myriad of fun activities and places to visit in Uzbekistan, like the Uzbek Ceramic Experience, exploring old Mohallas of Tashkent and Chorsu bazaar, walking relaxing alleys and visiting the silk-carpet workshop of Khiva, visiting the Jewish Bukhara, etc.

Thailand

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For an excellent and kickass experience, plan a holiday to Chiang Mai & Chiang Rai, the largest city in North Thailand. They both are truly hidden gems in Thailand, offering an inside view of rural Thailand with their picturesque landscapes.

You will instantly love enjoying a terrific bath and mud session with elephants in Elephant sanctuaries, visiting the eye-catchy white or silver temple named Wat Rong Khun, and watching breathtaking forests through the Flight of the Gibbon tour.

India

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When exploring India’s diverse and untouched lands, there are several places to enjoy an offbeat experience, like Shillong, Chakrata, Sikkim, Khimsa Village, etc.

Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya, is an excellent option to re-energize your soul by connecting with the rolling lush green landscapes, majestic waterfalls, and pristine mountains.

Also, Sikkim is a lovely, less crowded place to relax, enjoy yak rides, and explore Buddhist monasteries. Moreover, it is the first state striving to be fully carbon-negative.

Other places worth visiting are Kerala, Kashmir, Andaman and Nicobar.

Tajikistan

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The stunning aesthetics of monuments, crystal-clear mountains, and mesmerizing natural beauty of Tajikistan welcomes you to spend a relaxing vacation with your loved ones.

The bubbling hot springs, the enchanting beauty of stargazing, and a deep dive into the land’s rich history are some of the unique experiences offered by this hot destination.

You can add several places to your bucket list in Tajikistan like Ishkashim town, Langar village, Yashikkul Lake, Murghab, and Dushanbe.

Kyrgyzstan

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When planning to visit Kyrgyzstan, you will explore picturesque landscapes, rich local culture, and pristine lakes, making it the perfect region for nature enthusiasts and off-beat vacationers.

Picture-perfect valleys of Ala-Archa Park, clear lakes of Song Kul and Issyk-Kul, and colossal mountains offer you the perfect backdrop for several adventurous sports, delicious local cuisines, and night camping.

Besides all this, you can indulge in Koumiss treatment which doctors recommend for treating anemia, gastritis, pancreatic disease, tuberculosis, etc. You can combine it with some recreational activities too.

South Korea

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Hiking trails, rugged cliffs, stunning waterfalls, mesmerizing riverscapes and lakes, relaxing spa sessions, and themed cafes are some of the top attractions in South Korea.

Moreover, 2023 and 2024 are designated as Visit Korea Years by the Korean government. During this time, the government will launch several special events and offer packages and promotional campaigns to boost tourism.

Some of the unique gems of the region are Boseong, Deokjeokdu Island, Gapyeong, Damyang, Imsil, Changwon, and Suncheon.

Indonesia

Broken Beach, Nusa Penida
Broken Beach, Nusa Penida

Planning for an interesting vacation in Indonesia? Well, try out Sulawesi Island to enjoy picture-perfect views, Wakatobi Islands for diving, Bunaken Island to explore marine life, and Tangkoko National Park to know more about indigenous species of the region.

The tourism ministry of Indonesia has launched the ADWI 2023 (Indonesian Tourism Village Awards) to revive the tourism industry and economy of the villages in the region. You should visit the several volcanic islands here that offer mesmerizing views, pristine waters, and superb water activity spots.

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