Where to Go in Countries With No Unesco World Heritage Sites

Where to Go in Countries With No Unesco World Heritage Sites
These countries offer marvelous views despite not being on UNESCO's World Heritage Sites list, Photo Credit: Shutterstock

With the Unesco World Heritage Sites List getting a recent update, OT looks at countries that do not feature on the list and what they offer to tourists

Anshika Nagar
August 01 , 2019
03 Min Read

The world waits with bated breath for Unesco to release its World Heritage Sites list. Protected under international treaties, these attract funds and tourists alike. Naturally, travellers look to this list for inspiration and discovering new places to visit. With the latest additions already on my bucket list, I looked up countries that don’t make it on the Unesco list and the unique places that these countries have regardless. 

 Exterior view to ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, Paro, Bhutan



This small Himalayan kingdom has plenty to offer under the shadow of snow-peaked mountains and lush forest cover. In 2012, Bhutan submitted around eight entries that now hold a place on the tentative list. From the ancient ruins of Drukgyel Dzong to the sites associated with Phajo Drugom Zhigpo and his descendants, Bhutan is a cultural wonder. The wildlife parks in this country are biodiversity hotspots, with many tigers, elephants, snow leopards and Himalayan musk deers. For Indian tourists, a visit to the Kingdom of Happiness is a must, and an easy feat to accomplish. 

 Beautiful Aerial view of river, Bissagos Archipelago (Bijagos), Guinea Bissau

Guinea Bissau

This country suffers through political strife, and tourism is not encouraged much. But political chaos and civil wars aside, the country’s colonial history is worth delving into, and the rich marine life and white sandy beaches, a sight to behold. The country has one nomination for the Unesco World Heritage Site list, and Réserve de Biosphère de l'Archipel des Bijagos brims with untapped potential. The archipelago is especially famous for the rare pygmy hippos, sharks, manatees and turtles too. 

 A view of the Kaieteur Falls. Guyana


In South America, Guyana is a tiny, dot-like nation with five sites on Unesco’s tentative list. A country of the most beautiful waterfalls, cathedrals and  British colonial buildings, there is much to unpack in this small nation. Shell Beach (also called Almond Beach) is a popular site for turtles to nest. 

 Waves crashin on beautiful beach with large black rocks, Robertsport, Liberia, West Africa


The political tensions and violence bar much of the scope for tourism in this African nation. With a Tourism Association set up to promote travelling, the beach towns in the country are sure to gain popularity. The surfing-friendly beaches of Robertsport,  the historical Providence Island, and Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve’s extension in Liberia attract many. 

 A view of Banana Islands, Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone 

The country that is, unfortunately, most known for its transatlantic slave trade has six sites with pending confirmation for the Unesco World Heritage Sites tag. The lush Tiwai Island Wildlife Reserve, the Banana island with its slave docks, beaches, forests and bat caves, and the many nature parks make this country an interesting visit. 

 Juba, the capital of South Sudan, with river Nile

South Sudan

The country has three sites that make the tentative list: the slave route of Deim Zubeir, Sudd wetland and the Boma-Badingilo Migratory Landscape. While one can visit the country through Egypt, it isn't advisable due to lack of safety. 

Somalia is the only country with no submissions for the Unesco World Heritage Sites list and travelling to the country isn’t considered safe either.

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