From the enchanting snow-capped Himalayas in Nepal to Thailand’s sparkling temples, these must-see destinations offer unparalleled opportunities to explore wild landscapes, discover new cultures, and connect with your spiritual side.
Unlock the key to happiness in Bhutan, trek the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal, sip tea with Buddhist monks in India, and ride a train through the terraced country-side in Vietnam.
Find out why 2017 is the year to visit these unique and off-the-beaten path destinations (before the rest of the world catches on).
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Ranked number 5 in Lonely Planet’s Best Countries to visit in 2017 feature, Nepal rewards travelers with the ideal balance of nature and culture.
Although many communities and UNESCO heritage sites are still being repaired after the 2015 earthquakes, much of the country remains intact, including the legendary hiking trails and popular temples. By visiting Nepal in 2017 and supporting the local culture and communities, you could help the country rebuild and return even stronger.
Trek the breathtaking Annapurna circuit, rebuild communities damaged by the earthquake, celebrate the end of rice planting season at the Ropai Jotra festival, and teach English to local children. Join us!
This elusive kingdom holds the key to happiness! Shut off from the western world until 1999, Bhutan’s pristine landscapes offer an unparalleled and hard-to-come-by retreat. The magical and serene valleys enchant visitors while the culture captivates visitors with ancient myths, legends, and relics.
In the chaos of 2017, escape to a kingdom where success is defined by happiness. Our in-country connections are the result of years of friendships, and they provide us with an intimate non-touristy experience.
Fun fact: Kate Middleton and Price William just returned from a trip to Bhutan!
Rejuvenate your soul as you hike into the clouds at Tiger’s Nest Monastery, trek an old trading route in the Himalayan mountains, and teach English to local school children.
Vietnam is one of the easiest and safest destinations to travel to in South East Asia. This off-the-beaten-path destination offers unparalleled opportunities to explore the sprawling green mountains, cascading paddy fields, and enchanting riverside caves.
Whats more, Vietnam’s tourist sector witnessed record growth in 2016 and is expected to surpass this in 2017. Several of our summer guides are currently working in and exploring Vietnam. Visit this hot destination before the secret is out!
Join us as we trek through ethereal alpine villages, kayak past charming fishing towns, exchange stories with hill tribes, and make global connections in Friendship Village.
India has always been a marvelous place to visit. Steeped in rich culture, exquisite cuisine, and adventurous landscapes, India is a country of sharp contrasts and magnificent people. Travel North to Leh in Ladakh to explore the hauntingly beautiful Tibetan Plateau.
Engage your spiritual side and work side-by-side Buddhist monks before trekking through the snow-capped Himalayas and exploring spice markets in Delhi.
We’ve been running our India trip for 12 years!
Ranking among New York Times Top 52 Places to go in 2017, Chiang Mai is Thailand’s new “it” spot. From the incredible food markets to the colorful temples to the forested Himalayan hills, Chiang Mai’s appeal lies in its intimate culture and vibrant communities.
Join us as in Chiang Mai as we work alongside elephant caretakers at Ran-Tong Elephant Sanctuary to rehabilitate Asian elephants and improve their day-to-day lives. Many of the elephants at the sanctuary were rescued from illegal logging activities or forced out of their homes due to deforestation. We spend time bathing them, caring for them, pitching in at the sanctuary, and learning from Thailand’s elephant conservation experts.
At the Road Less Traveled, we aspire to find off-the-beaten-path experiences for young travelers to discover the joy of travel, pursue meaningful cultural interactions, and explore wild and scenic landscapes. 2017 is the perfect year to visit these Asian destination countries.