Did you spend your summers on a lake while you were growing up? If so, you probably have a soft spot in your heart for large bodies of water surrounded by gorgeous backdrops. Update your list of lust-worthy lakes with spots in the African Great Lakes, West Africa, the Shan Hills, and the Korean Peninsula.
Lake Kivu: See the real Rwanda—a place with a troubled history, welcoming people, and gorgeous scenery—from a lakeside hotel just outside of Gisenyi.
Ganvié: Visit the “Venice of Africa,” where people live in bamboo-stilted houses surrounded by water and water hyacinths in Benin.
Inle Lake: Ride a boat around rice paddies, impressive gardens, and perfectly balanced fisherman on the second-largest lake in Myanmar.
Heaven Lake: Dream of hiking to a beautiful North Korean lake with bright blue water, snow-capped mountains, crisp air, and complete silence.