Looking for a more unusual travel destination this year? We’ve found nine of the most unbelievable places in the world for you to consider.

Some of these sights are easy to get to, while others require travellers to travel for hours, change planes, buses, and trains several times, or even trek through the jungle – but once you get there, you won’t regret it.

1. Hang Son Doong, Vietnam

At over 5km (3mi) long, with sections reaching up to 200m (650ft) tall and 150m (490ft) wide, the magnificent 3-million-year-old Hang Son Doong cave in Vietnam is the largest cave in the world – large enough to house an entire New York City block, complete with 40 story skyscrapers. A 747 could fly through its largest cavern, and it even has its own localised weather system.

Fewer people have seen the inside of Hang Son Doong than have stood on the summit of Mount Everest, but fully-catered, guided adventure tours are available. Hikers can expect to abseil, climb, crawl, and swim through underground rivers to arrive at the end of the cave.

The journey to Hang Son Doong is not for the faint-hearted. It requires international travellers to fly into Hanoi international airport. From there, travellers can take a bus, train, or plane to Phong Nha, followed by two days of intense jungle trekking and river crossings to reach the cave entrance.

2. Lavender Fields, France

The beautiful, fragrant lavender fields of Provence in France are one of the summer must-sees that should be on everyone’s bucket list. Blooming from June to August in the Luberon and Verdon plateau regions, the dusky purple fields and delicate fragrances have become emblematic of the region, and even of France itself.

There are quite a few lavender festivals in Provence at the time, which make for an entertaining day out, and there is a noticeable festive atmosphere throughout the region during lavender season.

To get there, travellers will need to fly into Marseille, which is about an hour away. Remember to book a hoppa airport transfer to get you to your overnight accommodation.

3. Antelope Canyon, USA

The magnificent Antelope Canyon in Arizona is one of the most-photographed and most-visited slot canyons in the world due to its unbelievable shapes, wonderful colours, and spectacular beauty. With tall winding walls, it’s a monumental sandstone sculpture – and a photographer’s dream.

Antelope Canyon is the product of millions of years of water erosion, and the swirling sandstone walls climb 37m (120ft) above the streambed. It is a sacred place for the Navajo indians, who call the Upper Antelope Canyon Tse' bighanilini, which means “the place where water runs through rocks.” The Lower Antelope Canyon is called Hasdestwazi, meaning “spiral rock arches.”

To get to the Antelope Canyon, travellers need to fly into fly into either Phoenix and Las Vegas International Airports, both of which are about 5 hours away by car. Hoppa can provide airport transfers to your accommodation in either city.

4. Tunnel of Love, Ukraine

The Tunnel of Love is definitely one of the most beautiful places in Ukraine – like something out of a fairytale, this lush tree canopy extends over a train track where starstruck couples love to wander hand-in-hand.

Considered one of the most romantic destinations of the world, the Tunnel of Love appears endless, but the canopy extends over 5km (3mi) of the track. An old narrow-gauge railway is still operating, and trains continue to pass through the tunnel several times a day.

The road to get to the Tunnel of Love isn’t easy, however. Travellers need to fly into Kiev, and then take a fast train to Rivne. The next part of the journey requires travellers to take a marshrutka – or minibus – to the small town of Klevan, where the Tunnel of Love is situated.

5. Tulip Fields, Netherlands

From mid-March to mid-May, part of Holland is transformed into a beautiful, colourful, and seemingly endless sea of flowers. The tulips begin blooming from about mid-April through the first week of May – and it is a sight not to be missed.

Over 7-million flower bulbs bloom in spring at the Keukenhof in Lisse, which is one of the best places to discover many different kinds of tulips, and the fields form a colourful quilt over the landscape. There are various elaborate flower parades during this time as well, where the locals celebrate the blooms and springtime.

To get to Keukenhof, travellers will need to fly into Amsterdam Schiphol Airport – where hoppa can provide an airport transfer to get you to your local accommodation. Keukenhof is about a 50-minute drive from Amsterdam.

6. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

The incredible Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia is the world's largest salt flat, at 10,582 square km (4,086 sq mi). It’s the legacy of a prehistoric lake that went dry, leaving behind a desertlike landscape of bright-white salt, rock formations and cacti-studded islands.

In the wet season, a layer of rainwater creates a mirror-like surface as smooth as glass – creating the largest mirror in the world. In the dry season, the landscape is covered in geometric salt patterns that seemingly stretching beyond the horizon.

To get to the Salar de Uyuni, travellers need to fly into La Paz, where a hoppa airport transfer can get you safely and reliably to your overnight accommodation. To reach Uyuni, the closest city to the Salar de Uyuni, travellers can take a 50-minute flight, 4-hour train ride, or 10-hour bus trip.

7. Wisteria Flower Tunnel, Japan

The surreal Wisteria Flower Tunnel can be found in Kawachi Fuji Gardens, located in Kitakyushu, Japan, and features 150 Wisteria plants, along with 20 different species. People often describe walking under the blanket of blooming Wisterias – the flower Buddhists use to symbolise prayer – as a very tranquil experience.

The best visiting time is late April to mid-May when the wisteria flowers are in full bloom. A lively annual “Wisteria Festival”, also known as “Fuji Matsuri“, is hosted in the gardens during this time.

To visit the Wisteria Flower Tunnel, travellers can fly into Tokyo, where a hoppa transfer can get you safely to your hotel. The gardens are located about a 4-hour drive away from Tokyo.

8. Zhangye Danxia Landform, China

The magnificent Rainbow Mountains of China within the Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park are a geological wonder of the world. Known for the colourful reds, greens, yellows, and blues that mimic a rainbow painted over the tops of rolling mountains, the area is known as “the eye candy of Zhangye”.

Geologists believe that the topography is a folded layered oceanic crust, revealing slanting rock layers of different colours, textures, shapes, sizes, and patterns that resemble an imaginative oil painting.

To visit the Zhangye Danxia Landform, travellers will need to fly into either Shanghai or Beijing and then on to Lanzhou Airport or Xining Airport. From there, the nearest city to the Danxia national park – Zhangye – can be reached by air or train. From Zhangye, the park is about 30 minutes west by car.

9. Lake Hillier, Australia

The bubblegum-pink Lake Hillier in Australia is a saline lake on the edge of Middle Island, off the coast of Western Australia. The contrast of the milkshake-pink lake against the deep blue Pacific ocean is a striking sight.

Scientists don’t yet fully understand the reason of its unique colour, although they suspect it has to do with the presence of the Dunaliella salina microalgae, which produces carotenoids – a pigment found in carrots as well. However, it could also be the presence of halophilic bacteria in the salt crusts or a reaction between the salt and the sodium bicarbonate that is found in the water.

There are very few ways to reach Lake Hillier, so scenic flights are the most common method, with 6 flights a day departing Esperance Airport. To get there, travellers can take a 90-minute flight from Perth.

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