Many travelers are motivated by the idea of going where few people have been before them, and as many or even more go where “people go” at that time, ie in those destinations that are considered to be “fancy”. In reality the two categories are actual similar because those who decide to go to a remote and isolated destination, once arrived there the place is full of many other tourists who had the same thought.
Increasingly more people, actually millions are those who want go and see unseen places. So, destinations that are inaccessible are actually visited by many , and the undiscovered places are so well promoted that attract a lot of visitors, far more than a naive traveler would expect.
Here are some destinations of this type:
Vang Vieng, Laos
Perhaps, when you think of Laos, it doesn’t even cross your mind that it could be a country with a great tourist activity because it is less developed and seems the kind of place where few travelers with a sense of adventure would go. In reality, things are different because Laos has a great tourism potential.
This destination is known by many as an “unmissable” tourist destination because of the interesting entertainment, full of adrenaline and alcohol.
Vang Vieng is a small town located in the center of the country, on the Nam Song river bank. It all started 15 years ago when locals began to propose visitors walks “down the river”. Due to the success of these rides, in time appeared bars placed on the river banks, slides and systems of ropes on which visitors could sway above the river just like Tarzan.
Things got so big, that up to 120,000 visitors visited the place every year. The bars offered young people enormous amounts of alcoholic beverages in plastic buckets of 10 liters, music resounded deafening and drugs could be bought at any street corner.
But, with the popularity came the problems. The town that was once quiet, began to have problems with litter, noise and the bad behavior of tourists. Because of these irregularities, the authorities have begun to take action in 2012 and closed many illegal bars, and troughed rules on entertainment in the village. These measures have brought the town back to its initial image of a quiet and beautiful place where tourists came attracted by the stunning landscapes.
Uluru (Ayes Rock, Australia)
From the pictures, this place seems indeed one of the most isolated sights of the world. But it’s just a wrong impression, as though it is located in the desert of the Australian Northern Territories province, this place is a very popular tourist attraction. Both at sunrise and at sunset, when the rocks look more impressive than in any time of the day, all-round the plain is full of vehicles loaded with people who fully use their cameras.
For Aborigines, Uluru is a sacred place, but there are quite many tourists who climb the rock despite the fact that they are asked not to do so.
Ubud is located away from the crowded beaches and the chaotic nightlife, in a hilly area on the island of Bali and was considered, for a long time, a destination for those wishing to discover the charm of the island and the Balinese culture.
Unfortunately, increasingly more tourists have discovered this area and the small settlements grew and merged, turning into urban neighborhoods.
Largely, Ubud still retains its authentic charm, but, it is most likely that it will lose it because of the hundreds of thousands of visitors feeding the fears that this place will no longer be the Asian hidden jewel that once was.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, USA
Great Smoky Mountains National Park located in the states of North Carolina and Tennessee, is less known that the Yellowstone, Yosemite or the Grand Canyon. But, despite that, it is visited by more tourists than any other national park in America. In 2012, were registered 9 million visitors (more than Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon together). Clingmans Dome, Mount Le Conte, Cades Cove are the most popular attractions on its territory. The 12,000 km of paths are walked by approximately 400,000 hikers every year, many of them crossing different parts of the reserve by car in order to be able to enjoy the wildlife.
Mount Everest, Nepal/China
Perhaps you think that there aren’t many people who are brave enough to face Everest, the highest mountain in the world. Well, you’re wrong, because despite its intimidating reputation, the “frightening” mountain is simply assaulted by travelers. Some soar to a base camp, while others go on the Annapurna circuit that offers impressive insights on the mountaintop.
Of course, the 8,848 meters peak is not reached by everybody, but many points at lower altitudes are accessible to many people with a good physical condition and with enough money (thousands of dollars) who are willing to spend a small fortune for such an adventure. There are many specialized companies that organize expeditions and offer tourists special equipments, experienced guides and carriers.
A proof that Everest is visited by many people is the repository of garbage that can be found there. The situation became so serious, that there are organized cleaning expeditions from time to time.
Victoria Falls, Zambia/Zimbabwe
Victoria Falls lies on the border between Zambia and Zambezi and is two times higher than Niagara, having also an impressive breadth. Mosi-oa-Tunya is the name of the waterfall in Tongan language spoken by the indigenous population and means “the smoke that thunders”. In fact, Victoria is not a waterfall, but a whole complex of impressive canyons and waterfalls, huge rock walls from which the Zambezi river waters empty into the abyss with a noise like thunder.
Apparently, the waterfall is quite isolated, since it is hardly accessible, located in the middle of Africa, but in reality, many tourists come here lured by the breathtaking views and the entertainment provided by the local travel agencies: boating on the river, safari, bungee jumping.
The peak season is in April, the month when the waters have the largest volume due to rains. Tourists on the banks of the waterfall and in helicopters come “armed” with cameras to capture the beauty of the famous waterfalls.
The “Golden City of India” is situated in the heart of the Thar desert, in western India, which during top tourist season is visited by over 80,000 people.
Here, the traditional and main activity is represented by the tourism industry that offers: guided tours to admire the remains of Jaisalmer Fort, camel rides, smiling locals who insist to provide all kinds of services.
Mount Fiji, Japan
Many pictures of Mount Fiji present it as an isolated peak with snow-covered crown. However, hundreds of thousands of people climb the 3,776 meters high volcanic cone. In 2009, about 300,000 tourists visited Mount Fiji. Up to certain points located at 2,300 meters tourists can go by car, and from there climbing is allowed only by foot. The routes are open only in summer, when tourists are venturing even at night to catch the sunrise on top of the mountain.
We can say that everything is relative in this world, but it doesn’t mean that there aren’t places just waiting to be discovered, but that in this era of mass tourism, easy and fast communication and rapid transport, we should not make illusions on seeing too many unusual and surprising delights from a corner of this world.