Just south of Siem Reap lies Tonlé Sap, Southeast Asia’s largest lake. Designated a UNESCO site, it harbors more than just an amazing array of animals. Since the lake and connecting river reverse flow twice a year and it goes from empty to enormous depending on the season, local fisherman have formed an entire town floating on the lake’s surface, with schools, stores, and even an alligator farm.
In northwest Vietnam, high up in the Hoang Lien Son mountain range, lies Sa Pa, a magical landscape with thousands of feet and thousands of years spent carving the cliff sides into terraced rice fields. The light and color are inspiring, and the colorful locals and hill tribe people make it an even more beautiful place.