The latest instalment of your 20 favourite destinations in 2022 – previously voted as readers’ favourites in Telegraph Travel awards – spotlights countries in Africa, Asia and Europe. Our on-the-ground destination experts provide insights and tips on what to look out for in the coming year (and beyond) – including a new train in Vietnam which has revolutionised capacity for slow travel whilst connecting ocean- and river-side hotels; and changes to the traveller experience in Pindaya, Myanmar, which has allowed authentic hotels such as Mya’s Cottage House to blossom.
In Uganda, tourism has proven to be a massive boon for the country – helping with the protection of the gorillas, numbers of which have been steadily rising. Enjoy cheaper and safer trekking experiences here, but also head to the national parks to see elephants, leopards and lions without the crowds of safari hotspots in Kenya and Tanzania. The Seychelles brings the barefoot travellers a host of new island resorts, whereas in Greece it’s all about hopping, with travellers swapping busy ferry trips in the Cyclades for small-group yachting holidays to lesser-known archipelagos. Here is the final selection of our favourite places to travel to.
In 2019, daydreaming on a bamboo terrace constructed around a tree of pink pomelo, Mya Yin Nwe Aye plotted the extension of her hotel from six rooms to 11. Surreptitiously, she eyed-up the empty lots on either side.
Formerly only a coach-tour, day-trip destination – and often not even that – Pindaya, in central Myanmar, enjoyed a tourism boom. Travellers flocked to the town to trek through tea fields and cycle past nearby orange groves; they accompanied beekeepers on their rounds and sampled the local coffee, halva and macadamia nuts.
Over the past decade, the traveller experience in Pindaya, as in the rest of Myanmar, broadened beyond pagodas and beaches to encompass more dynamic, engaging activities. Hotels such as Mya’s Cottage House blossomed.