Destinations to explore before they become too popular

Destinations to explore before they become too popular

This article was originally published on the global travel search engine Skyscanner.

These 10 destinations should definitely be on your list for holidays in 2016 - they're vacation spots that have been growing in popularity from Singapore over the past 3 years, according to Skyscanner's data. Plan your next trip to visit these places, and find out for yourself why people are loving them so much.

1. Phu Quoc, Vietnam (up 202 per cent)

The island offers visitors an array of activities such as sunset cruises, a night market and water activities which include diving and snorkelling. Photo: Delvin Lee

Think of Phu Quoc as a cleaner, calmer and untouched version of Phuket, a beach town that's devoid of tacky souvenir stores and love-you-long-time massage parlours.

Fringed with white, sandy beaches, Phu Quoc makes an easy choice for beach bums and water babies. The island doesn't get as much press as its neighbours, but a quick ride around will tell you that the winds of change are fast approaching - a brand new international airport, roads are being widened, more resorts are popping up, and most importantly, there's Wifi pretty much everywhere.

Don't miss the Dinh Cau Night Market where you can pick your fresh seafood and have them whip it up into a delicious, authentically Vietnamese meal for you. Be sure you amp up your bargaining skills in Phú Quôc too!

2. Paro, Bhutan (up 147 per cent)

The Dzong in the Paro valley, built in 1646. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

You've definitely heard multiple things about Bhutan (the world's happiest country!) and you've even toyed with the idea of a vacation there, so it's about time you do. Paro is the perfect place to start. The historic town is chock full of sacred sites and buildings you'd want to spend time in, plus the Paro Valley is known to be one of the most beautiful in Bhutan. Expect to witness the serene yet grand monasteries of Paro Taktsang (Tiger's Nest Monastery) and Rinpung Dzong here; Paro is the best place for nature lovers and those who are yearning peace and quiet.

3. Kalibo, Phillipines (up 66 per cent)

A surfer at the Boracay island in Kalibo, the Philippines. Photo: Silkair

While Boracay is known far and wide for their incredible beaches, Kalibo is the lesser known cousin. However, the city that you're probably landing into to get to those beaches is worth a stay. Check out Kalibo during Ati-Atihan, a festival in January that has remained true to its Filipino culture and roots, without the commercial aspects of a lot of other festivals.

It was originally a pagan animist festival that the Spaniards adapted, and Ati-Atihan lets you participate in the festival - dance your heart out with the performers instead of just watching along the sidelines. Besides this festival, don't miss out on the Sampaguita Gardens, Bakhawan Eco-park, and the Aklan Animal Rescue Centre for some fun dog walks and cat cuddles.

4. Reykjavik, Iceland (up 57 per cent)

Tourists soaking it up in the Blue Lagoon at Reykjavik, Iceland. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Reykjavik is one of those places you've always seen in postcards, and is also the go-to for the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis). The city is Iceland's coastal capital and despite how cold it gets, it's renowned for its clubs and bars that open until dawn!

But even if you're partying 'til late on most nights, you shouldn't miss the exceptional Hallgrimskirkja church, the rotating Perlan glass dome that offer breathtaking views of the city, and the chance to soak in some geothermal wonders at the Blue Lagoon.

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