Four amazing hidden gem holiday destinations you've never heard of

Four amazing hidden gem holiday destinations you've never heard of

If you're wanting to holiday somewhere less well known than typical destinations like Australia and the Pacific Islands, then one of these hidden gems could be just what you're looking for.

Tara Kennaway has the envious job of travelling the world and reporting back to her colleagues at Intrepid Travel about what locations have on offer.

Newshub talked her into sharing some of her favourite 'off the beaten track' destinations with us.

Doi Mae Salong, Thailand

This Thai town sits in close to the border of Myanmar and combines the beauty of Thailand with the authentic cuisine options from China.

Four amazing hidden gem holiday destinations you've never heard of

Travellers can explore the mountains and tea fields or try the many traditional teas at one of the many small tea houses. There's also a local craft market with items you'll definitely not find anywhere else. 

Mt Pinatubo, Philippines

The Philippines can be considered a hidden gem in itself with over 7000 islands to visit, however Mt Pinatubo is one of the most underrated hidden gems of them all.

After erupting in 1991, the top of the mountain transformed into a large lake-filled crater. The emerald green waters, the opportunity to meet locals at the end of the trail and camp next to the lake make this trek worthwhile.

 

Syros, Greece

To experience a quieter alternative to well-known Greek Islands like Ios, Santorini and Mykonos, travellers can set sail to Syros.

Four amazing hidden gem holiday destinations you've never heard of

One of the earliest settlements in Greece, Syros is one of the most underrated islands where holidaymakers can visit classic Greek whitewashed houses, ancient ruins and gorgeous beaches as well as lesser known attractions like abandoned windmills and villages of family-run tavernas.

Huacachina, Peru

Here you get to visit a real life mirage in the desert. This small city, located in the southwest of Peru, is rimmed with palm trees and packed with lively bars overlooking a lagoon.

Four amazing hidden gem holiday destinations you've never heard of

To reach Huacachina, travellers must first visit Ica - the perfect place to sip on some of the country’s best wine.  

 

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