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Top destinations for 2013

Ready for some new stamps in your passport? Check these hot destinations out before everyone else hears about them…

Unlike some of its neighbours Vietnam hasn’t become too westernised, giving you the chance to experience authentic Asia. Hoi An is ideal if you want to see a bit of the local culture. For shopaholics head to Ho Chi Minh City and the Ben Thanh markets in the middle of town.  Or for some quiet time by the sea check out Nha Trang, Vietnam’s scuba diving centre.  Give yourself a few weeks to explore both the north and south of this exciting country.

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Vietnamese market

“South of the border” has been popular with North Americans for decades but Aussies are starting to head there now as well.  Mexico City is worth a tour even if it’s just for the food (think tamales, sangria and tacos!) but the real gems are found away from the capital.  In well-known beach destinations like Cancun and Acapulco you can get a great all-inclusive deal. Once you’re done relaxing check out the pyramid ruins of Chichen Itza.

It used to be a place for only the most adventurous, but Cuba is worth adding to your bucket list.  Not a destination for the feint hearted, or those looking for a relaxing getaway, but you’ll see things you can’t find anywhere else on earth.  Havana is the capital and definitely worth a day to explore (and a night to Rumba!).  The natural beauty of Valle de Vinales (a World Heritage Site) is a must-see and the beaches of Cayo Largo are the perfect place to chill out.  To get the most out of your trip join an organised tour.

The “Stans”
To get truly off the beaten track, why not visit the “Stans”? Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan that is.  Visas and getting around generally can be a bit tricky so joining an organised tour is best.  A major highlight is the Silk Route, an essential trade route between Europe, parts of Africa and Asia for over 2000 years.  A popular way to see the Route is by train.  Or if something prehistoric is more your style why not get up close to a 150 million-year-old dinosaur footprint?

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