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.
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I have not been to Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brunei, Indonesia, Maldives, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Timor Leste, or Vietnam.
Map of South and Southeast Asia. Sandalsand has been to countries marked green, not the yellow ones. (Map source: Wikimedia Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International)
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Taktsang Lhakhang (Tiger’s Nest) is one of the holiest of Bhutan's many pilgrimage monasteries, as well as being the most famous destination in the...
My regular travelogue ended in the previous chapter. This article will sum up some impressions and background information of a more practical...
The valley of Paro is generally acknowledged as one of the most picturesque in the country. The competition is hard. There are also several...
Welcome to Bhutan's most iconic landmark and religious site. The small monastery clings to a sheer cliff face hundreds of metres above the valley...
Bhutan is not a country at the centre of the world stage, and my next stop would be to the most remote place I went on my visit. The valley is not...
Situated in the Himalayas, the construction of roads does not come easy to a developing country. On the other hand, what you meet on the other side...
The roar from the aircraft engines came to a stop and I realised I had landed in the Land of the Thunder Dragon. Stepping out onto the tarmac...
The photo galleries are from a journey to Thailand in 1985 and a revisit to Bangkok 30 years later. The first time I spent five weeks on the...
The Kingdom of Siam had its capital here from 1351 to 1767 and developed a wealthy capital full of palaces and temples. Today it is the ruins...
This temple is a highlight on a visit to Bangkok, with the famous Reclining Buddha and with a reputation of being the birthplace of traditional Thai...
Thailand's biggest tourist attraction is a large complex in the city centre, made up of temples, buildings, halls, courtyards and gardens. The Grand...
Welcome to an unusually tranquil place not far from Bangkok. This used to be the Royal summer palace and still functions occasionally as...
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).
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Region: South Asia
- Area: 5.2 million km2
- Countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
- Population: 1.749 billion (2013)
- Nominal GDP: $3.12 trillion
- PPP GDP: $11.67 trillion
South 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. 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 current territories of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka form South 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.
The 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.
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- 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
Southeast Asia or Southeastern Asia is a subregion of Asia, consisting of the 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. In contemporary definition, 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, also known historically as the East Indies and Malay Archipelago, 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.
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. 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.
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 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.