1. Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Best time to visit: From May to October.

Bora Bora, a paradise in the South Pacific, is renowned for its iconic overwater bungalows and vibrant coral reefs. Visitors can partake in water activities such as snorkeling, paddleboarding and scuba diving. 

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Snorkeling in Bora Bora

Tourists can visit the majestic Mount Otemanu, which provides hiking opportunities that lead to breathtaking panoramic views. With its unmatched natural beauty and luxurious resorts, Bora Bora is the ultimate destination for those in search of romance, relaxation and aquatic adventures in an enchanting setting.

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Bora Bora, French Polynesia

2. Saint Lucia

Best time to visit: from Mid-December to Mid-April.

Saint Lucia, a prized gem in the Eastern Caribbean, is yet another destination currently making waves in the travel world. In fact, Saint Lucia is breaking tourism records this year, witnessing a remarkable 12% increase in visitor numbers. Travelers are drawn to its verdant landscapes, exquisite beaches, and volcanic peaks.

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Beautiful beach in Saint Lucia

3. Oaxaca, México

Best time to visit: April to May and September to October.

Oaxaca has earned the title of the world's top destination in a recent travel survey. This cultural treasure of Mexico showcases colonial architecture and profound indigenous customs. 

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Oaxaca travel, Mexico, North America

Tourists can delve into ancient sites like Monte Alban, indulge in renowned local cuisine and witness the creation of traditional crafts. Furthermore, the Day of the Dead festivities are an Oaxaca highlight.

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The Day of the Dead Festival

4. Vietnam 

Best time to visit: from November to April. 

Recommended cities: Hanoi, Halong, Hoi An.

Some experts speculate that Vietnam could potentially be the premier tourist destination in Asia. This cost-effective nation has some of the world's most pristine beaches.

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Halong Bay, Vietnam

In addition to ancient temples, vibrant markets, and tranquil landscapes that narrate a compelling tale of resilience and beauty. Tourists can explore the limestone karsts of Halong Bay, wander the bustling streets of Hanoi, and immerse themselves in the historical charm of Hoi An are all essential highlights. 

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Panorama view in Hoi An ancient town, Vietnam

5. Laos

Best time to visit: From October to April.

Recommended cities: Luang Phrabang, Vientiane, Vang Vieng.

Laos has seen a notable surge in tourism, with over 1.6 million visitors from January to June, a significant rise compared to the same period in 2022, when the country welcomed roughly 42,000 tourists.

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Ancient architecture in Laos Pagoda

Among the standout destinations in Laos, the ancient town of Luang Prabang stands out, boasting UNESCO World Heritage status and a wealth of temples and traditional architecture. As the capital, Vientiane exudes a unique blend of colonial charm and urban vitality. Travel enthusiasts seeking a rendezvous with nature will find the Bolaven Plateau particularly enticing, replete with coffee plantations and breathtaking waterfalls.

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Experiencing in Vientiane, Laos

6. Cambodia

Best time to visit: from November to May.

Recommended cities: Capital Phnom penh, Sihanoukville and Siem Reap. 

Cambodia, located in Southeast Asia, is well-known for its affordability, its stunning temples with Angkor Wat architectural masterpiece. The vibrant urban centers of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap pulsate with the essence of Cambodia city life. 

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Cambodia tourist destination 

In the period between January and April 2023, Cambodia has emerged as a leading tourist destination, welcoming 1.72 million visitors, marking a remarkable 613% increase compared to the same timeframe in the previous year.

7. Banff National Park, Canada

Best time to visit: Winter

Nestled in the Canadian Rockies, Banff National Park stands out as one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in 2023. It's a natural wonderland graced with majestic peaks, crystal-clear lakes, and lush forests, all combining to create a picturesque landscape. Must-visit sites like Lake Louise and Moraine Lake promise unparalleled beauty.

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Banff National Park, Canada

For outdoor enthusiasts, Banff offers an abundance of activities such as hiking and wildlife observation. The summer months (June to August) provide ample opportunities for extensive exploration. While the winter season (December to February) transforms the park into a snow-covered wonderland, perfect for skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts.

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Banff winter activities tourists shouldn’t miss

8. Manaus, Brazil

Best time to visit: From June to November.

Manaus is steadily gaining recognition as an appealing tourist hub. As the entry point to the Amazon Rainforest, this city offers a one-of-a-kind and enthralling experience.

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The Amazon Theatre, Manaus, Brazil

The famed Amazon Theatre is an architectural masterpiece that provides a glimpse into the city's cultural vibrancy.  In addition, the convergence of the Rio Negro and Solimões rivers at the Meeting of Waters is a remarkable nature spectacle. Visitors can discover diverse wildlife in this extraordinary destination

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The Meeting of the Waters in Manaus

9. Ljubljana, Slovenia

Best time to visit: From April to May and September to October.

In 2022, Slovenia witnessed a historic milestone as it welcomed a record-breaking 5.8 million tourists. The country's capital, Ljubljana is an enticing choice for travelers looking for an experience less-crowded European.

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Ljubljana, Central Slovenia

Tourists prefer to stroll along the picturesque banks of the Ljubljanica River, adorned with charming bridges. Moreover, enjoying outdoor cafes and the city's romantic ambiance is great. Tourists can watch the panoramic view of Ljubljana Castle. And then, they can explore the lively Central Market and the historic Tivoli Park.

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The Charming Ljubljanica River

10. Cartagena, Colombia

Best time to visit: From December to March.

Colombia boasts a plethora of captivating travel destinations, and one of them stands out as a highly sought-after global hotspot. First-time visitors to Cartagena, Colombia witnessed a 33% increase in tourist arrivals in 2022 compared to the previous year.

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Old Town in Cartagena 

Cartagena's well-preserved colonial architecture in its UNESCO-designated walled Old Town. It offers lively streets filled with music, bustling markets, and mouthwatering culinary delights. 

In each destination there will be its own highlights to attract visitors such as snow sports, culture, architecture and festivals. In this post, there are top 10 updated tourist destinations in 2023 and its best time to travel. Hopefully you will have the opportunity to discover these 10 spots in the coming time with New Asia Tours. We specialize in providing package tours in Southeast Asia, especially Vietnam tours with the best experience.