(Oops! The title should read: "15 least visited countries" Sorry!)
It seems everyone is going to just a few destinations, such as Thailand, these days. Well, here is a list of the 15 least visited countries in the world. Each has less than 30,000 visitors/year. (I just googled "least visited countries"- I won't vouch for the accuracy of the list.)
I was just wondering if any of you have visited these countries? If so, what can you tell us about them?
11 American Samoa (an American protectorate- not an independent country)
9 Solomon Islands
8 Central African Republic
7 Sao Tome and Principe
4 Marshall Islands
I haven't visited any of these, myself. I thought, when I visited Estonia, that was pretty far off the beaten track...
[ Edit: Edited on 07-Jul-2011, at 21:41 by madpoet ]
I find that people tend to visit just some small areas in a country then "they've done it", even in a large place like America.
On travel forums like this, people always ask for the same few areas of any country like:
Spain = Barcelona, Madrid, Seville.
Portugal = Lisbon, maybe Algarve like Lagos.
France = Paris then straight down to the south of France.
Ireland = South of southern Ireland (Ring of Kerry)
England = London and maybe a day or two out somewhere
Thailand = Bangkok (what travel guides are available to show me around) and islands.
Peru = Machu Picchu via the Inca trail and what's the quickest way to another country?
New Zealand = South of South Island.
It is easy to get off of the beaten track in these countries by not following where all the sheep go.
I have been to Moldova, which was nice but not spectacular. Chisinau is ok for a day and the countryside is pretty with green rolling hills and lots of culture and genuine people.
Of the other countries, the ones that are likely to be visited somewhere in the near future if things go right are Bhutan, Sao Tome & Principe, Solomon Islands, Turkmenistan and Tadjikistan. The others slight chance, or no interest.
As of the accuracy of the list: I would not know, but it seems that Moldova actually is very unlikely to be on the list. And I miss the one I have been: Pitcairn Islands.
I guess it also depends on criteria people use: at least spending one night, official registration, only daytrip etc etc.
Of all other (partly not independent countries) places I can think off, I think Bouvet and Clipperton are probably the lowest on a list....
Oh well...I like the topic though.... And although I don't want to encourage people to go to another forum, it's nice to read topics in LP's Thorn Tree forum, where most of these countries have great info by travellers!
I like this topic too!
I haven't been anywhere on the list, but am particularly keen to go to Bhutan. Turkmenistan is probably the next likely and Tuvalu looks amazing.
Interesting to see the most recent complete list according to just another website.
Bhutan is rather expensive-guided tours only no independent visitors allowed at all.
I know someone who went and she loved the place her photos were gorgeous.
EDIT-Forgot that I actually know someone who visited Mauritania-he described it as a giant gravel pit.
[ Edit: Edited on 08-Jul-2011, at 18:16 by SamSalmon ]
I'd love to go to Kiribati or Tuvalu- or any South Pacific islands. Sao Tome and Principe would be fascinating, too. The problem would be cost: some of these places are not cheap to fly to. I was going to visit my brother when he was working for an NGO in Liberia (another less-visited country), but the flights were about $3,500 from where I was (China), and involved 5 or 6 transfers! (I think now it's easier, but still costs over $2,000)
Utrecht. I have been to six of the places above #150 on the list, as well as places in India, China and Indonesia years ago where westerners hardly ever visited, but what do people go to such places for?
Going to off the beaten track places can be expensive, as I found out with Brunei and New Caledonia years ago and there is often very little there.
I have to admit to preferring some comfort nowadays to new stamps on my passport.
[ Edit: Edited on 09-Jul-2011, at 04:33 by Cyberia ]