Architectural landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty, Tower Bridge, Taj Mahal and Eiffel Tower attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors on a yearly basis. Planet earth are however filled with many more spectacular lesser known marvels; hidden gems that will leave you in awe of their natural beauty.

Here are 10 of the most beautiful hidden gems from around the world.

Can Dao Islands, Vietnam

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This group of islands are found on the south east coast of Vietnam and are well known for their immense natural beauty which includes white sandy beaches, coral reefs, pristine water and tropical forests.

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

salar de uyuni

Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat and is nearly 11 000 sq km in size. The salar is situated in the south west of Bolivia and was formed due to the transformations of various prehistoric lakes. NASA uses the Salar de Uyuni to figure out the positioning of their satelites.

Garajonay National Park, Canary Islands

Garajonay National Park

The Garajonay National Park is found on one of Spain’s Canary Islands, La Gomera. The name of this UNESCO World Heritage Site is derived from the rock formation of Garajonay. This subtropical forest is known for its mistiness, humidity and various plant species.

Lake Baikal, Russia

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Lake Baikal is the largest fresh water lake in the world. It is 636 kilometers long and 20-80 km wide and with a depth of 1 700 meters also the deepest lake in the world. It is found in the south east of Siberia and is viewed as the oldest lake on earth.

Crooked forest, Western Poland

crooked forest

These oddly shaped pine trees are found in west Pomerania, Poland. The trees were planted in 1930 and bends sharply just above ground level and then curves back up again. There are about 400 of these trees all showing in a northern direction. There are many theories, but to date no one knows why or how these trees were shaped this way.

Jiuzhaigo Valley, Northern Sichuna, China

Jiuzhaigo Valley

Described by some as a wonderland, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is known for its crystal clear blue lakes, majestic waterfalls and lush forests. This network of valleys are found in the Sichuan province of China.

Smoo Cave, Scotland

The Smoo Cave is a combined see and fresh water cave found in Durness, Sutherland. What makes this cave so unique is the fact that the outer chamber of the cave have been carved out by the ocean, while the inner tunnels were formed by two fresh water streams. The cave is accessible 365 days a year with tours offered from April to September.

Darvaza Gas Crater, Turkmenistan

Situated in Turkmenistan the Darvaza Gas Crater, also known as the Door to Hell, is and is a natural gas field which collapsed into an underground cave, resulting in a natural gas crater. In 1971 geologist set the cave on fire to stop methane gas from spreading and it has been burning ever since.

Green Lake, Austria

This lake in Styria, Austria got its name from its emerald green water that comes from the snowmelt  from the karst formed on the surrounding Hochschwab Mountains. Each year, during spring, the lake doubles in size from the melting snow resulting the dept increasing from 1 meter to 12 meters. Benches, bridges and trees surrounding the lake then becomes submerged under the water.

Hinatuan River, Mindanao

The Hinatuan Enchanted River is a bright blue spring river found on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines. What makes this river so unique is that it appears to have no source. This paradise like area with its rock pools, palm trees and crystal clear blue water is a favourite among swimmers and sunbathers.

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