This is a photo of a young lady in the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. I was wandering around looking up on the wonderful gables or something when she came up the stairs, stopped and took up position right in front of me.
With a big smile on her face, she was clearly ready for a picture. She spoke no English. Apparently her job was to welcome tourists to the marvellous palace area. The famous smiles of Southeast Asia have almost always been earnest, is my experience.
Click a country name in the list above and find all articles from that particular country. On the map, the yellow coloured countries are Sandalsand’s nine non-visited countries.
I have not been to Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brunei, Indonesia, Maldives, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Timor Leste, or Vietnam.
Posts from South and Southeast Asia
This is a collection of pictures from India, the result of a trip in 2017 to Delhi, Jaipur and Agra - the Golden Triangle. Have a look at all India...
There are many sights in Agra. The Taj Mahal, the famous mausoleum, is the main reason millions of people each year travel to Agra. It is truly...
Judging by the entrance visitors usually are led through, the monumental Amar Singh Gate, the Agra Fort is undoubtedly a fortress. It even has a...
Built as a monument to the undying love and affection the emperor Shah Jahan had for his second wife, the Taj Mahal is one of the world's most...
Read about the sights in Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. This was my second stop on the Golden Triangle of India, the extremely popular tour for...
Imagine what the Mughal emperors of India did at Fatehpur Sikri. They spent 15 years planning and building a brand new capital, only to abandon it...
Jaipur City is unlike other medieval cities of the region. It was deliberately planned as a new city on the plains. Jaipur was meant to be open for...
The astronomical instruments at Jantar Mantar are impressive due to their 300 years of age. They are also very accurate in showing time and the...
The hill forts of Rajasthan are preserved manifestations of the immense powers held by the maharajahs of the Rajput kingdoms from the 8th to the...
How to do and what to see in Old and New Delhi in 24 hours? Delhi, the capital of India, is one of the world's most populous urbanised areas as well...
The tallest brick minaret in the world, the Qutb Minar, was built as a victory tower after 1192. It was developed during the next centuries until it...
There are several important structures within this large complex in Delhi, but none as impressive as Humayun's Tomb. He was the second emperor of...
Poverty with dignity is better than wealth based on shame. (Buddhist saying)
A fact sheet
The Indian Ocean is to the south and on land (clockwise, from west) West Asia, Central Asia, East Asia, and Southeast Asia. This is Wikipedia’s introduction to this region (or regions).
Map and numbers
- Area: 5.2 million km2
- Countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, as well as Sri Lanka.
- Population: 1.749 billion (2013)
- Nominal GDP: $3.12 trillion
- PPP GDP: $11.67 trillion
GeographySouth Asia covers about 5.2 million km2, which is 11.71% of the Asian continent or 3.5% of the world’s land surface area. South Asia or Southern Asia (also known as the Indian subcontinent) is a term used to represent the southern region of the Asian continent. On the whole, it comprises the sub-Himalayan SAARC countries and, for some authorities, adjoining countries to the west and east. Topographically, it is dominated by the Indian Plate, which rises above sea level as Nepal and northern parts of India situated south of the Himalayas and the Hindu Kush. The Indian Ocean is to the south and on land (clockwise, from west) West Asia, Central Asia, East Asia, and Southeast Asia. The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is an economic cooperation organisation in the region. It was established in 1985 and includes all eight nations comprising South Asia.
PopulationThe population of South Asia is about 1.749 billion or about one fourth of the world’s population, making it both the most populous and the most densely populated geographical region in the world. Overall, it accounts for about 39.49% of Asia’s population, over 24% of the world’s population, and is home to a vast array of peoples. In 2010, South Asia had the world’s largest population of Hindus, Jains and Sikhs. It also has the largest population of Muslims in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as over 35 million Christians and 25 million Buddhists.
Map and numbers
- Region: Southeast Asia
- Area: 4,545,792 km2
- Population: 641,775,797
- Population density: 135.6/km2
- Nominal GDP: $2.557 trillion
- PPP GDP: $7.6 trillion
- GDP per capita: $4,018
- HDI: 0.684
- Demonym: Southeast Asian
- Countries: 11 states
- Dependencies: Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Overall, Southeast Asia or Southeastern Asia is a subregion of Asia. It consists of countries that are geographically south of China, east of India, west of New Guinea and north of Australia. Southeast Asia is bordered to the north by East Asia, to the west by South Asia and Bay of Bengal, to the east by Oceania and Pacific Ocean, and to the south by Australia and Indian Ocean. The region is the only part of Asia that lies partly within the Southern Hemisphere, although the majority of it is in the Northern Hemisphere. Summing up, Southeast Asia consists of two geographic regions:
1. Mainland Southeast Asia, also known historically as Indochina, comprises Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, and West Malaysia.
2. Maritime Southeast Asia, is also known historically as the East Indies and Malay Archipelago. Specifically it comprises Indonesia, East Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, East Timor, Brunei, Christmas Island, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands of India, and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands. Taiwan is also included by many anthropologists
Otherwise, the region lies near the intersection of geological plates, with heavy seismic and volcanic activities. The Sunda Plate is the main plate of the region, features almost all Southeast Asian countries except Myanmar, northern Thailand, northern Vietnam, and northern Luzon of the Philippines. The mountain ranges in Myanmar, Thailand, and peninsular Malaysia are part of the Alpide belt. Further the islands of the Philippines are part of the Pacific Ring of Fire. Both seismic belts meet in Indonesia, causing the region to have relatively high occurrences of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
Overall, Southeast Asia covers about 4.5 million km2, which is 10.5% of Asia or 3% of earth’s total land area. Its total population is more than 641 million, about 8.5% of world’s population. It is the third most populous geographical region in the world after South Asia and East Asia. The region is also culturally and ethnically diverse, with hundreds of languages spoken by different ethnic groups. Ten countries in the region are members of ASEAN. This is a regional organisation established for economic, political, military, educational and cultural integration amongst its members.