UNEXPECTEDLY BEAUTIFUL ASIAN DESTINATIONS TO VISIT

Take the road less-travelled on your next vacation and head to these unique destinations that are off the beaten track!

INLE LAKE, MYANMAR 
Picturesque and serene, this 13.5 mile freshwater lake is the ideal spot for those looking to see a different side of Myanmar. With no roads or pavements, locals get around via individual canoes, forming their own lake ecosystem. Reminiscent of water bungalows in the Maldives, the wooden homes of the locals perch on stilts to form little villages. Beyond the beautiful lake is the quaint countryside of Inle, which you can explore on bike or by foot. Pop by local markets to discover fresh produce, hand woven textiles and immerse in life as a Burmese local.

Must Bring:
Travel Blue Folding Bag, $25

BELITUNG ISLAND, INDONESIA
This tropical paradise is a small island located just east of Sumatra and is only a short 1 hour flight from Jakarta. With endless white sandy beaches and crystal clear seas, Belitung Island is an underrated spot for a peaceful beach getaway. Fans of snorkelling can look forward to exploring the extensive marine world beneath the waves. The island is also known for their fresh ocean catch which you can savour at their many seafood restaurants.

Must-bring:
Anker Soundcore Bluetooth Speaker, $25

CHANGBAI MOUNTAIN, CHINA
Those looking for a change in climate can find it in the mountain ranges of Changbai. Located in between China and North Korea, this mountain is the tallest in Northeast China. Changbai translates to “Forever White”, a name derived from its beautiful snow capped mountains. At the heart of the mountains is the Heavenly Lake or “Tianchi” — a natural alpine lake formed in the crater of the mountain. For those who plan to venture atop the mountain, be sure to pack a safety kit, rain gear, snacks and water.

Must Bring:
Merrell Trekking Shoes, $89
Spigen Selfie Stick, $25

Head to Takashimaya’s Travel Bazaar to get all your travel essentials before heading on your next adventure. Happening from Thu 18 Oct to Tue 30 Oct 2018 at Talking Hall, B1, pick up trekking shoes, travel pillows, luggage and more! See you there!