Every traveler’s dream is to find that one location which has a certain characteristic. For some people, it is important to be unique, while for others it needs to have character. There are numerous such locations. However, you need to define for yourself what ‘character’ means. That part is subjective. As long as you establish that, you can start looking. There are several tools you can use, one of which is the internet. If you have the patience, you can browse through hundreds or even thousands of locations until you find the place with that particular something. If you do not, here are ten destinations that you may enjoy.
10. Naypyidaw, Myanmar
Naypyidaw is the capital of Myanmar, but unfortunately is does not receive many tourists each year, which is a pity. The city has plenty to offer. One of the attractions is Uppatasanti Pagoda. It is an imposing building with beautiful architecture. It looks its best at night when the lights go on. The light makes it look like a golden building, which is interesting to see. The interior is superb, and a guide is more than happy to tell you everything you want to know. The National Museum is a place worth visiting. Few museums in the world look like this one does. The exhibits seem carved out of their original place and brought here. The artifacts are very interesting, and there are guides available for you to learn about history and culture. It takes about an hour to explore the entire museum, but it is an hour well spent.
9. Oyo State, Nigeria
Oyo State may not be big, but it has a few attractions to keep you interested. For one, you can visit the Agodi Gardens. Ideally, the park is most beautiful when the weather is nice, and the sun is shining bright. That makes the Agodi Gardens a perfect place for a picnic. You can swim in the pool if you like. The place is not too crowded, which makes it even better. If you are looking for something interesting to see, the Bower’s Tower is pretty fascinating. You can climb the tower and see the entire city of Ibadan. The view is nice, and you can take lovely pictures.
8. Lucknow, India
India is mostly known for its religious and spiritual side, but it has much more to offer. Bara Imambara is an interesting architectural wonder. It takes you back in history, especially if you pay attention to the guide. He will tell you everything about the place. Not to mention that the scenery is beautiful as well. The British Residency is also a place with character. It is old and not restored, but that is what makes it more interesting. Some people want to visit landmarks just as they are. It sometimes has a great value to see how a particular landmark stood in front of time and survived without any help. Moreover, the sights are lovely as well. Kukrail Forest Reserve is destined for people who like reptiles. This is a crocodile sanctuary, and there are plenty of them. They come in all shapes and sizes. You can go there with you family, and children love seeing the animals. It is an ideal place for a picnic.
7. Lublin, Poland
There are various attractions in Lublin, but there are a few which you will find interesting. The first one is Majdanek National Museum. All cities have museums, but not many cities can take you back during World War II as this one does. The place was a concentration camp, and unlike other structures of its kind, this one was not demolished. In fact, it has very few modifications. It is as authentic as possible. It will make its mark on you, but you will appreciate the experience. Nothing adds character to a city as its Oldtown. Lublin Old Town has plenty of it. There are tall walls surrounding it, big entry gates, a cathedral, and a town square. You can have a nice lunch or dinner at one of the restaurants on the street. Overall, it is a charming place. If you like Jazz, Blue Brothers Pub is one of the best places to go. The people are very nice, the staff as well, and you can listen to some good music. You will like everything about it. The spot has nothing if not character.
6. Baguio, Philippines
The Philippines is like an encyclopedia of attractions for tourists. Tropical paradise seekers go there, people who like to learn about new cultures also go there, and even people who look for unique places. There is something in the Philippines for every man or woman who likes to travel. People who are trying to find places full of character are in luck too. All they have to do is go to Baguio. The Mt. Pulang National Park is one of the most beautiful parks in the Philippines. There is a need for some effort to climb the mountain, but once you get on top, you will be left in awe. The view is spectacular. It is so stunning that you will have no desire to leave. You can see the lake from above, and the sunset is something that you will never forget. Tam-Awan Village is also something that you will find to be priceless. You can learn about the culture of the people who live there, see their traditions, and visit the houses. They are small, but warm and cozy. The locals are not commercialized, so you will not have to deal with that aspect. You can even eat with them. They are friendly and are not seeking financial interests. It is a lovely experience.
5. Thimphu, Bhutan
While in Thimphu, you have the chance of seeing the Himalayas, but only if the weather allows it. As long as there is no fog, you should be able to watch that spectacle. However, most things are not let to chance. You can take a drive and see the Dochula Pass. Ironically, people who go there are saddened by the fact that the sky is not clear and they cannot see the Himalayas, but the stupas have a particular charm if there is a fog. It is like a veil of mystery, which makes the monument more interesting. Many cities have a clock somewhere in the middle, but the Clock Tower Square in Thimphu is very attractive. It is not the usual, modern design clock. It has a lovely Asian design, and of course, there is a dragon on it. It makes it special and unique. It may not be much, but it is considered a popular attraction in the city. Last but not least, Gagyel Lhundrup Weaving Center can be compared to a color explosion. They are all so vivid, and the cloth is amazing. You can actually see women who are weaving all sorts of fabric, and beautiful pieces come out. They are very talented at what they do, and they deserve much appreciation.
Lesotho is a small country surrounded by South Africa, but it is a beautiful land that is worth the visit. For one, The Maletsunyane Falls should be reason alone to go there. It is perfect for a hike and abseiling. That is if you are into that. However, the location is stunning. The top provides the most amazing view, and seeing the waterfall from the top will ‘haunt’ you forever. It is a ‘must see’ while in Lesotho. The Mohale Dam is also one of those locations that make you stop and just watch for hours. It is a beautiful combination of nature and man-made structures. The view is impressive, and the pictures come out amazing. You should definitely go there when you visit Lesotho. The Liphofung Caves are interesting as well, and the place deserves a visit.
3. La Paz, Bolivia
One of the best ways to experience La Paz is by going on a biking tour. There is some effort, but you will not regret it, especially if you get on Yungas Road. Keep in mind that the road is dangerous. The altitude is high, and there are no rails along the road. However, if you like biking, Yungas Road will always remain your favorite. The view you will have in front of your eyes is breathtaking. Some people call it the ‘Death Road,’ and although it has earned its name fairly, it is worth the effort. Valle de la Luna is a rock formation, but people intervened a bit. The place has plenty of interesting spots, and the stairs are ideal for perfect pictures. People who go there like to pose for different shots. Not to mention that the surroundings are beautiful, and the views are something you will always cherish. Huayana Potosi is yet another location you may want to experience. This is also an activity that involves effort. You have to climb the mountain in order to enjoy the view. Just make sure to hire a guide. You do not want to do the climb on your own. When you get on top, you will behold the most stunning view. It is definitely worth the climb.
2. Honiara, Solomon Islands
Solomon Islands are quite frequented by tourists because it is a lovely destination. One of the places worth visiting is Tenaru Falls. It is a relatively small waterfall, but it is almost never crowded, which makes this place more appealing. Most of the times, too many people in one place can take the charm away, but this place gets to keep it. If you are not bothered by the cold water, you can even go into the water and under the waterfall. It gives you a nice feeling. If you ever find yourself in Honiara, do not forget to go for a dive. The Tulagi Dive is one of the most beautiful experiences you could go through. It is scary, but at the same time, it is fascinating. You can go for wreck dives, which are very popular in Honiara. If you are a beginner, the guides will help you. The equipment is well maintained, and you can experience with some toys like O2 boosters.
All you have to do is hear the name Jamaica, and you know that the location has its character. Everyone knows about the Rastafari culture and, of course, Bob Marley. If you are a fan of the reggae, then Jamaica is the place to be. You can join different tours, but one of the best is the Rastafari Indigenous Village tour from Montego Bay. It is an unforgettable experience. You get to explore the Rastafari Indigenous and learn that the respect for nature and humanity is what laid the foundation of Rastafarian philosophy. You can meet local musicians. Their music is heavenly. You can also join the locals for a meal. The food is delicious. If you want to live the Bob Marley experience, you can sign up for Jamaica’s Spirit of Reggae. You can visit Nine Mile and learn about the singer’s life. You can also see the place of birth, his house, and his grave. The surroundings are not something to overlook either. You can see Mount Zion, and the view is spectacular.
Since there are so many destinations in this world, finding a few that have character is not a difficult task. Of course, not everyone defines character the same way, but surely you can find what you are looking for. The destinations above are full of character based on general criteria. If you do not like any of them, you are free to establish your own criteria. You will find something eventually. However, do not dismiss the places described and keep an open mind. They may surprise you.