Siem Reap, Istanbul, Hanoi, Rome, Paris, Prague and London, these are just some tourist attractions that can’t be missed. Year after year, they made it to the Travelers’ Choice Awards by TripAdvisor. They are the kind of places people expect travelers to go. But surely, there are plenty of amazing places out there that are under the radar – often known only by the locals.
If you are to write your travel bucket list this year, include one of these unknown destinations in your list and take the road less travelled, literally.
Haiku Stairs in O’ahu, Hawaii
Also known as “The Stairway to Heaven”, the Haiku Stairs is a steep trail on the island of O’ahu, boasting a total of 3,922 steps into the side of a cliff. Technically, it is not open to the public, but thrill seekers still climb it just to enjoy the views from the top.
Hinatuan Enchanted River in Mindanao, Philippines
Imagine getting lost in a forest and stumbling upon a blue, mystical river with water as clear as crystal you can see its bottom. The Hinatuan Enchanted River in southern Philippines is a must-see destination for those who want adventure. Local lore has it that fairies, pixies and mermaids gathered at the river during the night to sing around clear bluish river.
Hitachi Seaside Park in Ibaraki, Japan
The Hitachi Seaside Park is probably one of those rarest parks on earth where flowers blooms all year round. Yes, the 470-acre park never disappointments visitors. It is especially popular for its burning-red bush plants and daffodils.
Namaqualand in Namibia, South Africa
Not always an attractive place to see but, once a year every spring time, this 600-mile stretch of barren land in Namibia springs to life and don a beautiful cloak of orange and white daisies as well as many other flower species, creating one of the most surreal landscapes in the planet.
Photos by: Reginald Pentinio