Three underrated holiday destinations you need to visit
It’s so easy to follow the crowd and do the traditional, touristy tropes when it comes to travel. However, if you’re looking for something different, we have the perfect lesser-known places for you to add to your itinerary. With so many stunning countries to explore in this world, it can be hard to know where to start. In this post, we will highlight some places that are steeped in history and use art in a way that challenges perspectives and celebrates culture.
Angkor temples, Cambodia
Everyone has heard of the famous Angkor Wat; the largest religious structure in the world. But, did you know that this is only part of an epic Grand Circuit with dozens of beautiful historical temples? By looking beyond the main attraction, you will be able to gain a deeper appreciation of the beautiful designs and architecture on display, and enjoy a more fulfilling experience.
There are so many ways to get around: you could go for an unforgettable ride on a local tuk tuk, which are always fun. You could even rent a bike; there are local vendors who lend the equipment, and cycling the track makes it feel so much more adventurous, whilst simultaneously escaping the tourist traps. Alternatively, discovering this area on an escorted tour allows you to explore in comfort without the extra stress.
White Temple, Thailand
In Chiang Rai, Thailand, a local artist set to work restoring Wat Rong Khun (the White Temple), a dilapidated old temple, with a unique twist that will be sure to appeal to artistically inquisitive minds. A feature of this building is the bridge called “the cycle of rebirth”, where visitors find themselves above hundreds of clawing hands reaching up to them, said to represent desire, human suffering and hell. The bridge leads you to happiness, so long as you “forego temptation, greed and desire” in your life.
The exterior walls of the temple sparkle in the sunshine due to being embedded with fragments of mirrored glass and it is a wonder to behold. Inside, there are beautiful murals representing the impact of human nature on the world. It’s definitely not one to miss.
Located in the Basque Country, northern Spain, Bilbao is a paradise for art lovers. While the eastern and southern coasts continue to attract the most attention from foreign tourists, Bilbao might be the perfect place for any traveller with an interest in history and the arts. Founded over 700 years ago, the city has a storied history, which today can be seen blended together with modern architecture to create a truly inspiring setting to explore.
When it comes to the many art galleries and exhibitions across the city, the Guggenheim Museum is undoubtedly the jewel in the crown. Housing works from Salvador Dalí, Anish Kapoor, Jeff Koons and a plethora of other world-famous artists, the Guggenheim will headline any art-inspired itinerary in Bilbao. There is also a selection of artsy restaurants and cafes dotted around the city, to relax and refuel after a day exploring the galleries.
Are you ready?
We’ve discussed some interesting, yet underrated places that you should visit in Asia and Europe. If you are looking for some cool, quirky experiences that explore art and history, then it’s time to pack your bags and get ready for the trip of a lifetime!
Please note, this was a collaborative posting.