The Sultanate of Oman sits at the mouth of the Persian Gulf, on the southeast coast of the Arabian Peninsula. Ethnically diverse and culturally rich, Oman retains an exotic appeal due to its old world Arabian charm.
A land that is written with ancient history, here is where you’ll find relics that have been magnificently restored and a beautiful landscape that alters from vast mountain ranges to endless sandy deserts. Discover more in the Oman Destination Guide.
Penghu Islands, Taiwan (also known as the Pescadores)
Formed from the solidified lava of volcanic eruptions, striking rock formations and looming basalt columns can be seen everywhere in Penghu, dating back roughly 17 million years. Comprised of almost 100 islands, Penghu is an exotic collection of destinations with sights that include historic villages and an astounding 300-year-old Tungliang Banyan Tree.
Venture further from the main city of Makung (Magong) to glimpse ox-carts, fish-traps and stonewalled fields. Find out more in the Penghu Islands Destination Guide.
This exotic part of Southeast Asia has only recently opened up to the world after years of political instability, yet it remains a mysterious and largely undiscovered destination. Known as the “Golden Land” due to its golden pagodas and temples (some more than a millennium old) that stretch out in abundance across the landscape, it is predicted that Myanmar will soon be a popular tourist destination, facilitated by governmental tourism objectives.
On 1 September an electronic visa system was launched to make obtaining a tourist visa online more straightforward and so far 2014 tourist numbers have increased by over 40 per cent compared to last year. Check out the Myanmar Destination Guide.
Majestic tea fields dot the country, interspersed by tumbling waterfalls and safari-like wildlife encounters. Sri Lanka, the cinnamon-spiced 'Pearl of the Indian Ocean', is seeing something of a tourism renaissance these days, as an exotic destination that is both within reach yet still somewhat off the beaten track.
With eight World Heritage-listed areas covering ancient cities and sacred temples, your Sri Lankan experience can be made all-the-more richer with a visit to one (or all) of these timeless sites. Sri Lanka has plenty of wildlife safaris on offer too, allowing you to watch Asian elephants at play between exploring legendary surf breaks and hundreds of waterfalls.
The Sri Lankan cuisine is deliciously spicy. Matching a tropical climate with South Indian influences, fish, coconut, rice and plenty of exotic spices adorn the plates of many traditional meals. Sri Lanka also brews an impressive range of beer, which pairs perfectly with the local cuisine. Read the Sri Lanka Destination Guide.
Intrepid travellers are still discovering much of Eastern Europe after the collapse of the Berlin Wall, and Budapest is an exotic metropolitan getaway - an intriguing blend of history and modernity fusing.
Visitors to this exotic European destination can experience the best of both worlds by traipsing the hilly streets of Buda, in search of historical enrichment. Cross the Danube River to discover Pest, the city’s urban centre - a great place for sightseeing and experiencing some modern Budapest culture. Experience more with the Budapest Destination Guide.