Anthony Bourdain teases that you probably can’t find Oman on a map. But after watching Sunday night’s episode of Parts Unknown, viewers may be tempted to get out their atlases and commit Oman’s geography to memory.
On his journey through the diverse country, Bourdain travels through the desert on a camel, meanders through an ancient marketplace and eats lunch on the side of a mountain.
Oman has a fascinating history — although not many people know about it. It’s been plagued by civil war and meddling foreign powers. But it’s also a country that, Bourdain says, is welcome to outsiders. He praises the Omani tolerance towards different cultures, religions and viewpoints.
One of the most cinematic parts of the episode is Bourdain’s trek through The Empty Quarter. He spends time with bedouin tribes in the “stark, empty, clean sand that stretches out seemingly forever.”
Bourdain wanders through the colorful marketplaces that have existed for over 2,000 years in Muscat, the country’s bustling capital. Outside of the capital, Oman’s features diving, fishing and an international port — all in vibrant turquoise waters.
Travelers who are eager to visit this untapped Oman should book flights ASAP. A new resort pops up in Oman, seemingly, every day. Or for those looking for a more luxurious visit to Oman, there are beautiful resorts on the beach or the scenic Green Mountain range. Adrenaline junkies can opt to take a trek through the highest protected climbing path in the Middle East.
For those entranced by Oman’s diverse attractions but unsure how to start actually planning a trip, check out Travel + Leisure’s guide on how to get to Oman.
Parts Unknown airs on CNN Sunday night at 9 p.m. ET.