The Best Vacation Destinations You've Never Heard Of
Surprise, surprise: China is embarking on yet another hyper ambitions modernization project. This time, the goal is to build a $3.2 billion ski resort in the pine-packed nature reserve in Jilin province, near the North Korean border.
With 43 planned trails totaling 20 miles, it'll be one of the largest resorts in Asia. Hoteliers are already setting up shop, including Westin and Sheraton resorts, which opened last month.
Bhutan is one of the most enigmatic countries on earth. Here, the rice is red, chillies are the main ingredient in many dishes and the country charges $200 a day as a tariff for visitors. That last bit may seem absurd, until you realize the fee is all-inclusive -- encompassing accommodation, food, transport and an official guide.
In Bhutan, you'll find snowcapped peaks, primeval forests and gorgeous Buddhist monasteries. Maybe the local scenery is why this tiny kingdom is consistently ranked the happiest country on earth. Called "Nepal for the jet set," Bhutan is also mostly tourist-free. And as any seasoned traveler will tell you -- that's a damn good thing.
The Kimberely region, three times the size of England, has remained untouched for years, it's rugged, craggy beauty mystically unreachable. But that's all beginning to change. Luxury lodges and bungalows -- many of which have their own dedicated helicopter landing spots -- have sprouted up.
Yes, the Kimberley area is remote and thus geared towards the well-heeled. But if you have the cash, this place is crazy beautiful.