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Vacations in Exotic Countries


A very modern building in Beijing, China.

Perhaps this doesn't fit your normal idea of 'exotic', but this is what modern Beijing looks like, a little Ming surrounded by a lot of bling. The building is Wangjing SOHO. China. Photo by jinrong.


'I love to sail forbidden seas and land on barbarous coasts' Melville



Best Exotic Places guides and photos


Best Destinations by Month based on normal weather patterns





Best Destinations Photos and Information

Argentina Pictures Guide South America. Best spring (September-November) or autumn (March-May); worst January-February

Argentina MapArgentina Tours


Brazil Travel Guide South America. Best April-October (September-November, March-May in the South); worst December-February

Brazil PicturesBrazil MapBrazil BeachesRio Guide


Myanmar Pictures Guide (Burma) Asia. Best November-February. Worst April, May

Burma MapMandalayBagan


Cambodia Pictures Guide SE Asia. Best December-February; worst April, September-October

Angkor PicturesCambodia Map


Chile Travel Guide South America. Best October, November, March, April; worst January-February.

Chile PicturesEaster Island PicturesEaster Island Guide

Chile MapChile Tours


China Travel Guide Asia. Best April-June, September-October; worst January-February, July-August

BeijingGreat Wall of ChinaHong KongPingyaoTibet

ShanghaiChina MapXi'anChengduSilk Road


Costa Rica Pictures Guide Central America. Best December-April; worst June-September

Costa Rica MapCosta Rica BeachesCosta Rica Tours


Cuba Travel Guide Caribbean. Best November-April; worst July-August

Cuba PicturesCuba BeachesCuba MapCuba Tours


Ecuador Travel Guide South America. Best October-May; worst June-September

Galapagos PicturesEcuador Map



Egypt Pictures Guide North Africa. Best October-March; worst June-September

Egypt MapEgyptian PyramidsRed SeaLuxorCairo


Guatemala Travel Guide Central America. Best November-May; worst June-October

Guatemala MapGuatemala Tours


Iceland Travel Guide Europe. Best June-August; worst January-March

Iceland PicturesIceland MapReykjavik


India Travel Guide South-Central Asia. Best November-March; worst June-September

India PicturesRajasthanIndia BeachesIndia Map


Indonesia Travel Guide South-East Asia. Best May-October

Indonesia PicturesBali BeachesIndonesia Map


Israel Pictures Guide Middle East. Best March-May September-November; worst July-August.

Israel MapJerusalem


Japan Travel Guide Far East. Best March-May, September-November; worst July-August

Japan PicturesJapan MapTokyo PicturesKyoto Pictures


Jordan Travel Guide Middle East. Best March-May, September-November, worst July-August

Jordan PicturesJordan Map


Kenya Safaris Guide East Africa. Best January-February, June-September; worst March-May

Kenya Map


Laos Travel Guide South-East Asia. Best November-February; worst June-October

Laos PicturesLaos Map


Madagascar Travel Guide Island off South Africa. Best April-October; worst December-March

Madagascar MapMadagascar Pictures


Malaysia Travel Guide South-East Asia. Best October-February on West Coast; May-September on East Coast, worst November-February East Coast

Malaysia PicturesMalaysia Map


Mali Travel Guide Saharan Africa. Best November-January; worst March-June

Mali MapMali Pictures


Mexico Travel Guide Central America. Best November-May; worst June-October

Mexico PicturesMexico BeachesMexico MapMexico Tours


Morocco Travel Guide North Africa. Best February-May, September-October; worst July-August

Morocco PicturesMarrakeshMorocco MapMorocco Tours


Myanmar Travel Guide, see Burma


Nepal Pictures Guide Asia. Best February-April, October-November; worst June-September

Nepal Map


Namibia Pictures Guide Southern Africa. Best May-October; worst November-March

Namibia MapEtosha WildlifeSkeleton CoastSossusvlei


Oman Travel Guide Middle East. Best October-April; worst June-September

Oman MapOman Pictures


Papua New Guinea Guide Australasia. Best May-October; worst December-April

PNG MapPapua New Guinea Pictures


Peru Pictures Guide South America. Best April-May, September-October; worst December-March

Amazon Rainforest PhotosPeru MapPeru Tours


Russia Travel Guide Eurasia. Best May-September; worst November-March

Russia PicturesRussia MapMoscow GuideSt Petersburg Guide


Singapore Travel Guide and Pictures Southeast Asia. Best February-May but not much in it, hot and humid most of the year.


Tanzania Travel Guide East Africa. Best December- February and June-September

Tanzania MapZanzibar Travel GuideZanzibar Beaches


Tibet Pictures Guide Asia. Best May- October

China Map


Thailand Travel Guide SE Asia. Best December-March; worst May-October

Thailand Beaches Thai Beaches Pictures Thailand Map


Tunisia Travel Guide North Africa. Best April-June; worst November-March, July-August

Tunisia Map


Turkey Travel Guide East Europe. Best April-October; worst December-March

Turkey PicturesTurkey BeachesTurkey MapIstanbul


Vietnam Travel Guide SE Asia. Best November-April; worst July-September

Vietnam PicturesVietnam BeachesVietnam Map


Yemen Travel Guide Middle East. Best April-May, September-October; worst November-January

Yemen MapYemen Pictures



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Read our Travel Health and Travel Safety pages but don't be intimidated, these places are worth more than a little trouble.

In addition to guides, each country listed has photos in our Travel Pictures section.


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