After decades of being a hermit state under the military junta, Myanmar has seen rapid transformation since the country went down the economic liberalisation route back in 2011. Getting to the country’s largest city, Yangon, is as easy as paying for an eVisa, printing out the approval letter and hopping on a plane.
However, to get to the mountainous northern region, which is part of the tail-end of the Himalayas, is an arduous journey that consumes time and guarantees plenty of adventure, not to mention some areas remain off limit to foreigners.
Putao is the closest town to some of the highest snow-capped peaks in Southeast Asia, reaching heights above 5000m. The only way to Putao is to join a trekking tour and fly there.
Western New Guinea
The world’s second-largest island is infamous for its cannibalistic tribes, who believe deaths are caused by witches, and that they take human forms. To eliminate these witches, they have to be killed and consumed.
In recent years, the Indonesian province has seen unrest as separatists attack lucrative mines. One such mine is the Grasberg Mine, the world’s largest gold mine and second largest copper mine, whose rim situates at 4,270m, a height greater than even that of our own Mount Kinabalu.
Just a few miles away is Puncak Jaya whose slopes are still covered by fast-retreating glaciers. It isn’t the only mountain on the island that is covered by ice all year round as several peaks in its proximity are also capped by glaciers.
However, due to global warming and climate change, all glaciers are estimated to vanish by middle of this century.
The up-and-coming tourist town in the north-west of Vietnam dominated by the Notre Dame Cathedral is the winter playground for both Vietnamese and an increasing number of foreign tourists.
Snowfall has been recorded almost annually, particularly in months of December and January when the mercury is at its lowest.
Salivating after views of snow dusting on terraced paddy fields? You’ll find it here.