The world's deepest lake, Lake Baikal is also the largest freshwater lake anywhere.
The UNESCO site covers over 12,000 square miles and is close to Irkutsk. There are 27 unspoiled islands in the lake, and several nature reserves around its perimeter.
Olkhon Island is home to shamans, as well as the Buyat tribes who have lived there for centuries.
Fishing, sailing and trekking are all popular on and around the lake and over 3,000 animal and plant species can be seen here, many unique to the region.
Although it's a popular summer destination, winter is also a wonderful time to visit when the entire lake freezes.Places nearby:
Novosibirsk Zoo: the Largest Zoo in Russia 1487 km / 924 mi
The Ultimate Guide to Travel in China 1940 km / 1205 mi
Incheon China Town: A fascinating fusion of the old neighbors, China and Korea 2336 km / 1451 mi
Tosokchon: The one restaurant you don't want to skip while in Seoul 2348 km / 1459 mi
Gyeongbokgung Palace, Korea: the site of many histories 2348 km / 1459 mi