Located in southern Siberia and is the world’s largest freshwater bit of blue.
Apart from being the oldest lake in the world at over 25 million years old,
Lake Baikal is also home to over two thousand varieties of flora and fauna, of
which almost 1,600 are endemic to the lake.
The water of Lake Baikal is renowned for being some of the clearest in the world.
When the lake freezes during the winter, an amazing phenomena takes place:
large shards of transparent ice form on the surface of the lake,
giving the amazing appearance of turquoise ice.
A three tier splash spectacular with waters so clear and blue it’ll be hard to resist jumping straight in.
Breathtaking cascades of water make the Kuang Si one of Luang Prabang’s most popular tourist attractions.
The journey to the waterfall is worth taking time over with vistas across rice fields and the
opportunity to meet locals along the way. A Hmong village is a great place to stop where the older
female villagers still dress in traditional costume, you can also purchase their hand woven crafts
to take home as a souvenir.
If you want to take photos at the village you will be expected to buy from them in return.
5. Grand Prismatic Spring, Wyoming, USA
This natural pool, with its rainbow coloured waters, is found in Yellowstone National Park and is the third largest hot spring in the world.
The vivid colors in the spring are the result of pigmented archaea in the
microbial mats that grow around the edges of the mineral-rich water.
The archaea produce colors ranging from green to red; the amount of color
in the microbial mats depends on the ratio of chlorophyll to carotenoids and
on the temperature of the water which favors one archaea over another.