If you’re looking for inspiration for where to take your next holiday, you may want to follow your senses and select a destination based on colour.
New research suggests that countries across the world have varying colourscapes, which are among the many other factors that will make your holiday unique.
Not only will a trip abroad bring fresh experiences of architecture, culture, and weather, but an entirely different colourscape. Sovereign Luxury Travel used iconic locations to create colourscapes from the dominant colours that will greet you when you arrive in a new country.
From this, they have rated the countries with the brightest colour palettes. Psychology suggests colour could have a significant effect on our mood, with bright colours boosting feelings of happiness and energy.
Have you ever considered colour when deciding on a holiday destination?
Here are the most vibrant countries in the world with tonal landscapes that are bound to fill you with excitement to explore.
The Top 5 Most Colourful Countries:
Thailand has the brightest range of colours in their most iconic locations. As you can see, Thailand’s colourscape includes tones ranging from bold orange, reds, yellows, and pinks to vibrant and deep greens to clear blues reflecting the countries fun atmosphere.
These colourful locations are dotted around the country.
One of their famous landmarks for tourists to explore is Bangkok’s Train Night Market in Ratchada. This huge outdoor market beams music as loud as the colours that burst from the stalls in shades of pink, purple and green.
At night time, Bangkok’s sky is filled with neon lights and brightly coloured Tuk Tuks, emitting rich reds, oranges and deep blues.
Ao Nang’s beautiful sandy beach and towering greenery surroundings can be found in southern Thailand’s Krabi Province, also known for its long-tail boat tours and access to diving sites off the nearby islands.
This scenic beach adds deep shades of green and blue to Thailand’s colourscape.
Bold stone statues and golden architecture can be found in Wiang Kum Kam, a historic settlement and archaeological site along the Ping River, filled with great contrast against the clear blue sky.
2. Caribbean Islands
The Caribbean Islands’ are renowned for their colourscape as it is full of bold reds and yellows against natural hues of blues and green.
These Islands are known for their tranquil turquoise seas and tan sandy beaches such as those in Barbados in Jamaica, and Bavaro in Dominican Republic, adding soothing touches of blue and nude and the perfect Instagrammable backdrop during your next trip.
This colourscape shows there is a lot more to be found in The Caribbean Islands with pops of bright colours highlighting the character and charm that resides there. Brightly painted buildings and flags decorate St. Johns in Antigua with pops of yellow and orange.
Havana in Cuba also oozes vibrancy with coral and teal buildings, showing the lively character of this country, famous for its live salsa and many bars and clubs.
Italy’s colourscape is made mostly of warm tones with vibrant oranges and browns as well as a spectrum of bright blues, purples and pinks.
Most of these warm hues can be found in Rome and Tuscany. The Colosseum in Rome is the grandest oval amphitheatre ever built and stands boldly in the centre of the city, with the golden limestone contrasting against the bright blue sky.
Florence in Tuscany is not only home to many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture, but the Duomo cathedral, which towers above the cream buildings with a deep terracotta-tiled dome.
To find the bold colours in Italy, you should head to Venice and Salerno. The Grand Canal in Venice forms one of the major water-traffic corridors and is brimming with narrow houses painted every colour of the rainbow, filling the marinas with personality.
Take a trip to the fishing villages on The Amalfi Coast in Salerno to see their iconic pastel-colored houses painted varying shades of green, yellow and pink.
India’s broad colourscape ranges from radiant shades of orange and green, to blue and purple.
Jaisalmer is known as the Golden City for a reason. Found in the heart of the Thar Desert, the sunsets cast a warm glow onto the sand-stone structures adding a rich orange to India’s colour palette.
Mumbai, the commercial and financial capital of India has a skyline filled with skyscrapers, covering the city in a calming blue hue.
The Taj Mahal made of soft ivory-white stone also has muted tones, this marble mausoleum is surrounded by green gardens.
Head to Visakhapatnam city to experience the breathtaking sight of bold turquoise, orange, yellow, lime green and purple houses amongst the soaring deep green trees.
Singapore’s colourscape is full of contrast with shades of grey and stone against blood orange and bright pinks and purples.
Singapore’s metallic blue and grey skyscrapers and the stone Merlion at Marina Bay build a fairly muted colour palette. While the peach sunset behind the Marina Bay Sands Hotel adds a hint of colour to the otherwise grey skyline.
Head to Supertrees in Gardens By The Bay to see the most vibrant show in Singapore, these neon trees come to life at night and brighten the sky with fluorescent pinks, purples and greens.
The above are the top five most colourful countries, but there’s many more beyond five. Here’s the round-up of 20 colourful holiday destinations.
Abbie loves writing and digital media, and studied Communication and Media at university. She now works in Digital PR and uses her spare time to explore the globe.
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