7 Amazing Countries to Visit to Immerse Yourself in a New Culture

This post was last updated on March 1st, 2018

1. Guatemala

Guatemala is a Central American country to the south of Mexico, and if you are craving a holiday filled with exciting wildlife and nature then this is the place for you. It has ancient Mayan ruins, rainforests and volcanoes. You can visit Tikal National Park to see the ruins of ancient Mayan temples like Mundo Perdido or Temple of the Grand Jaguar and go bird watching as well.

Be sure to visit the Lake Atitlán which is a massive volcanic crater in the southwestern highlands. You can also visit the Auto Safari Chapin to see lions, hippos and giraffes and several other species.


2. Japan

Japan has traditions dating back thousands of years. You can experience the Japanese culture in their food, sports, drinks, manga and anime, Geisha, Samurai, Theatre and Japanese gardens. Social conventions such as Bowing, taking off footwear, eating etiquette and the no tipping policy in Japanese restaurants are taken seriously here unlike in western countries where tipping in a must. Japan has thousands of both Buddhist and Shinto Temples to visit. You can also trek the popular Mount Fuji and other surrounding mountains in Japan.


3. Italy

Italy is the home of the Roman Empire and is known for its Roman, Renaissance and Baroque architecture. Italians have a strong family culture as they often have family gatherings. Visit the Vatican City in Rome which is the controlling authority for Roman Catholics in the World. Make sure you also see the Colosseum, Sistine Chapel and Trevi Fountain when visiting Rome. The cuisine in Italy comprises of Pasta, cheese and wine and they are known for their Pizzas.


4. India

India has a diverse terrain and population. It has a rich cultural history and people follow age old traditions strictly even through this modern age. India is known for its stunning architecture especially the Taj Mahal in Agra. It also has architecture ranging from the Moghul, Portuguese and the spectacular Indian temple architecture. It has a wide variety of food depending on the part of India you visit and vegetation ranging from grasslands to snow covered mountains.


5. France

France has a rich culture of fashion, cuisine, art and architecture. The people who visit France often interpret the attitude of the French to be rude to outsiders as the French people take immense pride in their country’s culture and language. French cuisine mainly comprises of food and wine and France is known to produce the best wines in the world.

It is also known for its clothing as most of the prominent brands such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Dior come from there. The Louvre Museum is one of the world’s largest museums and the Eiffel Tower is considered the most popular and romantic attraction in the world.


6. Brazil

Brazil is known for its diverse and varied culture. It is a melting pot of nationalities ranging from indigenous Indians, Portuguese, Italians, Polish, Japanese, and Africans. It is also known for its Carnival Festival which features parade floats, colourful and flamboyant costumes, samba music and dances. Be sure to head up the hill to the 98 feet tall Christ the Redeemer statue which offers stunning scenic views of the city below it. Brazil has a hip nightlife scene, beach culture and party culture.


7. Cambodia

Cambodia is known for its spectacular Angkor Wat ruins of Hindu temples which encompasses an area of 500 acres. It is also known as the temple city. You can also visit the Royal Palace, National Museum of Cambodia, Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and Silver Pagoda in Phnom Penh to experience the architecture in this beautiful country. You can trek though the stunning Cardamom Mountains which has 450 species of birds, Siamese crocodiles, Kouprey a species of rare wild oxen found only in this mountain range.

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