Unknown and Unexplored

Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Cambodia
Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Cambodia

Countries that used to be burdened by internal conflicts and civil wars, and have natural beauties and rich culture, are now rivals to the major tourist destinations. As the tourists and agencies find the offer of so many well-known destinations in European capitals, Mediterranean and American megalopolis boring, for some time now there has been a demand for somewhat different destinations. Here we will mention some of them, which are what the tourists, who want something new, unexplored, with a dose of exoticism, are looking for.

Cambodia – a right-wing military coup from the 1970 led to two decades of a long and bloody war that ended in 1989, when Cambodia ended the Vietnam War with victory. A small coup occurred in 1997, but since then the situation in the country has almost completely stabilized. Cambodia has never received any significant assistance of the more developed countries, which is why it has slowly and difficultly reached the status of a safe country. Today, a growing number of tourists enjoy the beautiful city of Phnom Penh, the famous temple of Angkor Wat, as well as romantic sandy beaches of Sihanoukville.

Indonesia – this country consists of 17,000 islands inhabited by people of different cultures, religions and political beliefs. Even though it gained independence after the World War II, it spent the first half of the 20th century trying to reconcile differences among its population. For a long time corruption and political instability were the main symbols of this natural paradise on Earth, but after the first presidential elections in 2004, this country became considerably more stable. Islands are, indeed, often under the impact of natural disasters, but even that can’t discourage many world travelers who won’t give up on Indonesia no matter what. Spectacular islands such as Bali, Lombok and Sumbawa are fantastic destinations for water sports with cheap accommodation, which is ideal for all lovers of the tropical idyll.

Angola – the African country was once a Portuguese colony, which is why there have been some major civil riots in the 20th century. After the overthrow of the Portuguese government in 1979 numerous guerrilla conflicts followed, between feuding factions who have had their culmination in the civil war that lasted since 1975 to 2002. After the establishment of peace, the political situation began to calm. Although it is still far from complete democracy, the stability is all the more certain, which is why the national parks of this unique African country are more visited.

Peru – gained its independence in the early 19th century, which was marked by the power struggles within the territory of the country for an entire century. In the first half of the 20th century the army tried to establish the stability in the country, by staging a coup. In the late 20th century the problems related to drug trafficking were overcome, as well as border conflicts with Ecuador. Today this country is considered safe and attractive, ideal for lovers of ancient civilizations, which certainly don’t fail to visit the sacred city of the Incas – Machu Picchu.

Northern Ireland – came from the province of Ulster (mainly Protestant population), in 1921 it was divided between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Since 1969 here has been a state similar to the civil war between the socially and politically disadvantaged Catholic minority (IRA) and Protestant majority. A peace treaty was signed in 1998 between the Irish Movement for the Liberation of Sinn Fein, the Protestant Ulster Unionist Party, and the British and Irish governments. A decade after this agreement, this small and peaceful country to all of its guests shows one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world with rocky attraction Causeway Coast as the biggest tourist bait. Belfast became from depressed and closed city a cosmopolitan center full of great hotels, clubs and restaurants that are trying to attract at least a part of the Dublin’s young tourist clientele.

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