13 small countries to visit

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However, if you want to lay your own route around the world and find hidden tourist treasures, you should pay attention to little-known but interesting countries, which will be discussed in the article.

1. Brunei

On the northern coast of the island of Borneo, next to Indonesia and not far from Malaysia, is a small country called Brunei. She is ruled by Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, whose family has occupied the throne of Brunei for the past six centuries. The cultural flourishing of Brunei occurred between the XV and XVII centuries when this state-controlled the coastal waters of many islands.

On the territory of Brunei, there are nine mountains available for climbing and many forest reserves suitable for walking and long hikes. If you visit Brunei, try to get to a baseball game at the Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium or spend time exploring the unique exhibits of the Malay Technology Museum. The best time to visit the country is from October to February, in the remaining months it is quite hot and humid.

2. Vanuatu

The state of Vanuatu can be found on a map in the South Pacific. People settled on this island about 3,500 years ago, but for the first time a European visited it only in 1774 – it was the legendary explorer James Cook. If you decide to follow Cook’s example and come to Vanuatu, you will see beautiful beaches and waterfalls, you can go diving and explore the sunken ships off the coast, climb the most accessible active volcano Yasur in the world and dine in restaurants with delicious exotic cuisine. Come to Vanuatu from May to October, at which time there are many festivals and sporting events.

3. Kiribati

The state of Kiribati with a population of just over 100 thousand people is located in the Pacific Ocean. Here, first-class fishing and an interesting distinctive culture, for example, “sedentary” dances that can be taught by local residents, and numerous ritual holidays. Many traces of World War II survived on Kiribati: on the Tarawa Atoll in 1943, one of the most bloody battles on the Pacific Front took place, a memorial to the heroes of the outpost was erected here, the remains of huge guns are found on Betio Island, and downed planes lie in coastal waters. It is very hot all year round, so do not forget sunscreen, drink plenty of Margarita and spend time on the beach.

4. Mayotte

Mayotte Island in the Strait of Mozambique is part of Comoros. In 1843, France gained control of it and retains it today. Holidays here are quite expensive, but if the money doesn’t matter in your case, you have the opportunity to go on a multi-day hiking trip, visit several nature reserves to watch the life of lemurs and orchid blooms, finally go diving and, if lucky, look how whales play with their babies. The best time to visit is from June to November.

5. Nauru

Nauru, the smallest island nation on Earth, the closest neighbor of Kiribati, used to be known as Pleasant Island (the first Europeans were struck by the benevolence of the islanders). The tiny island has something to offer tourists: old phosphorite deposits (the basis of the country’s wealth), the Command Ridge fortification, in which Japanese soldiers served during World War II, and, of course, beautiful beaches. From November to February there is a rainy season, so it is better to come here in any other month.

6. Burkina Faso

The state of Burkina Faso lies between six countries in West Africa and is landlocked. Tourists are attracted by many natural parks, in one of which, located in the city of Kudus, crocodiles are so harmless that they can be ironed. There are several museums in the country; in the most popular, called Manga, the most ancient cult objects and funeral masks are stored. There are monuments of ancient African architecture in the country and festivals of various nationalities are regularly held. The best time to get to know the country is from mid-October to December until the wet season begins.

7. Cote D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)

One of the countries in West Africa bordering Burkina Faso is Cote D’Ivoire or Ivory Coast. The Atlantic coast in this place was an important trade route from the 10th to the 15th centuries, later a European port appeared here, which became the property of France in 1893. Thanks to the French heritage, Abidjan, the former capital of the country, gained the poetic title of Paris in West Africa: there are many magnificent parks and gardens, architectural monuments, restaurants and night clubs. In Côte d’Ivoire, relict rainforests are preserved in which hiking trips are arranged. White sand beaches are especially good in the port area of Sandrara. The best time to visit is from November to early March.

8. Tuvalu

This state in Polynesia, known in colonial times as the Ellis Islands, lies in the middle between Australia and the Hawaiian archipelago. The islands were under the British protectorate from 1892 to 1916. They are located very low – the highest point of the country rises only 5 meters above sea level, and global warming is a dangerous reality for the island. So have time to visit Tuvalu – a tropical island with palm trees and beaches, while it is still possible. The best time to visit is from May to October.

9. Palau

Palau is an island state in the Western Pacific, consisting of small beautiful islands. Many countries, including Spain, Germany, and Japan, owned this archipelago. Thanks to countless coral reefs, ships, caves and tunnels sunken in coastal waters, the unique and diverse underwater world of Palau is one of the most popular diving sites in the world. The best time to explore the islands is from February to March.

10. Futuna

The small island of Futuna with an area of ​​80 square kilometers is inhabited by only 5 thousand inhabitants. In this country in the center of Polynesia, little has changed since ancient times, and it seems that modern life will never get here. If you want to travel to the Polynesian past, see how crowded ritual holidays go, see pristine nature – crater lakes, dense forests, and pristine beaches, go to Futuna from April to October, but remember that heavy rains can pour here at any time of the year.

11. The Federated States of Micronesia

The Federated States of Micronesia consists of four states: Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei and Kosrae, located in the West Pacific, not far from Papua New Guinea. Interestingly, each state has its own attractions. For example, Chuuk is known for its underwater museum, and the ruins of the prehistoric city of Nan Madol are located on the island of Ponape in Pohnpei. Moreover, each state has a different climate: for example, Yap is arid, and Pohnpei, on the contrary, is overgrown with rain forests and is considered one of the wettest places on the planet.

12. Falkland Islands

The Falklands Island, formerly known as the Malvinas Islands, is a British-owned archipelago in the south Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Patagonia (Argentina). Penguins, fur seals, albatrosses, and other interesting Antarctic animals that migrate between neighboring continents live here. There are many activities for the traveler in the Falklands: from observing animals and birds to visit the Falkland Islands Museum or places of battle and military history; for example, the ruins of the first British garrison   1765 or a memorial to the cruiser sunk in 1982. It is not necessary to take beach clothes – the temperature here rarely rises above 24 degrees.

13. Ascension Island

One of the most isolated inhabited places on Earth – the volcanic island of Ascension is washed by the southern waters of the Atlantic Ocean near the island of St. Helena. About a thousand inhabitants of the island (mainly the British military and their families) live in the capital – Georgetown. Getting here is difficult enough, and rarely anyone decides on such a trip, so this is the best direction for fans of unusual tourism.

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