TOP EMERGING DESTINATION KYRGYZSTAN
Centuries after ancient traders traced their trails across Asia, their camel caravans stacked high with silk, spices and jewels, the allure of the Silk Road remains just as strong. It seems Kyrgyzstan is increasingly becoming your preferred gateway to this legendary route, especially as three veins of the old Road once blazed through its mountains and rolling pastures.
Yurt stays beside alpine lakes in its high steppes offer an authentic glimpse into the memories of these romanticised merchants, while capital Bishkek is a surprising cultural delight, as well as a handy doorstep to the rugged Tian Shan peaks.
Interestingly, only Georgia survives from 2017’s newbie squad, with the moonscapes of Greenland and sun-soaked fjords of Montenegro impressing you. You’ve also ignored the scaremongering headlines to explore what runner-up Iran really has to offer: fine architecture and warm locals. RANKING % 1 Kyrgyzstan 97.33% 2 Iran 97.00% 3 Georgia 93.33% 4 Greenland 92.50% 5 Montenegro 92.00%