In Northwest Italy in the region of Liguria you will find five colorful fishing villages linked by an ancient system of footpaths. These villages perched on steeply terraced cliffs are collectively referred to as The Cinque Terre, which means five lands or five towns.
As cars were banned many years ago you can reach the five villages-- Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore-- only by footpaths, boats or train. The ancient architecture, medieval fortresses and breathtaking coastal scenery are just a few of the charms of this area.
Thailand is filled with amazingly beautiful areas not yet touched by mass tourism. In Northeast Thailand, just over 300 miles from Bangkok in the province of Ubon lies the city Ubon Ratchathani.
Ubon province is known for its ancient Buddhist temples and forest-dwelling monks. Among the city’s 2 dozen temples you’ll find Wat Pah Nanachat—Thailand’s only monastery where English is the main language.
But the sheer beauty of the area, its authentic folk culture and warm-hearted people also beckon to those attracted to the roads less traveled. Examples of the inspiring natural beauty of the area include: 4,000 year-old rock formations, prehistoric rock paintings, captivating national parks, waterfalls, and the two-colored river.