The land of ancient kingdoms, beautiful beaches and mountains, and great food! Are you traveling to Southeast Asia soon?
Are you a fan of geography and travel?
Do you need more information on the place you are traveling too?
Well, take this challenge to test your knowledge on Southeast Asian geo-travel, the first ever quiz on this topic!. Only 2 out of 10 Southeast Asian natives can answer this quiz correctly, do you think you got what it takes to pass this test? Each question comes with an explanation on the topic asked, but you have to complete the quiz first!
#1 Below is the former ancient kingdoms of Southeast Asia, except?
The Mauryan Empire (322 – 185 B.C.E.), ruled by the Mauryan dynasty, was a geographically extensive and powerful political and military empire in ancient India. Srivijaya means “shining victory” founded in Sumatra the end of the 6th century and centered in Palembang. With a reach spanning from Sumatra, Java to as far north as the Malay, Thai peninsula and a reign of some 600 years, It was a mighty maritime empire in the Malay Archipelago.
#2 Which city below is known for its highest quality jade in the world?
Kachin State of the northernmost part of Myanmar is famous for its jade mines which produce the world’s best quality-most valuable jadeite. The jade mining, however, creates large deposits of debris that block heavy rain from reaching natural rivers and drainage, including the Uru river. This lead to massive floods during the monsoon season.
#3 How many islands are there in Singapore?
Singapore is a small island country and Southeast Asia most developed region. Although it is small, surprisingly it consists of 62 offshore islands that surround the main island, hence the total number of islands is 63. These include Sentosa (the largest of the 62 offshore islands), Pulau Ubin, St John’s Island, and Sisters’ Islands.
#4 Which city below is not located in Vietnam?
Vietnam has everything from prominent cities, tropical islands, and off-the-beaten-track destinations you can visit. Ho Chi Minh, Da Nang, and Dalat are just a few. There’s always a place in Vietnam that suits your budget level and preference. Vientiane is the capital of Laos situated along the Mekong river and bordering Thailand to the west.
#5 Which Thai islands below is NOT located in Andaman Sea?
Most of Thailand’s breathtaking islands are located in the Andaman Sea. However, Ko Samui, the country’s second largest island, lies in the Gulf of Thailand near Surat Thani. Some famous beaches here are Chaweng Beach, Lamai Beach and Maenam. Nearby islands include Ko Pha Ngan and Ko Phaluai.
#6 This island in Indonesia is the heart of The Coral Triangles and have the wealthiest coral reefs biodiversity in the world!
Raja Ampat islands have the world’s richest reefs biodiversity in The Coral Triangle. The triangle is a geographical term used to describe the region that possesses the world’s highest levels of marine biodiversity. It is a triangular-shaped area encompassing the waters surrounding countries of the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Timor Leste, Papua New Guinea, and the Solomon Islands. Raja Ampat Comprising over 1,500 small islands, cays, and shoals surrounding the four main islands of Misool, Salawati, Batanta, and Waigeo, and the smaller island of Kofiau.
#7 The historic Angkor Wat complex is located in Siem Reap, Cambodia. which temple below is not part of this complex?
Dhammayangyi is a temple located in Bagan, Myanmar, built during the reign of King Narathu. Bayon Temple built in the 12th century by King Jayavarman VII lies in the heart of Angkor Thom. Its 54 Gothic towers are decorated with 216 gargantuan smiling faces of Avalokiteshvara. Ta Prohm was an abandoned temple initially called Rajavihara. It gained attention after a scene from Tomb Raider took place here.
#8 The highest peak of Thailand is called?
Nicknamed “the roof of Thailand”, it is the country’s highest mountain. Located in the Chiang Mai Province of northern Thailand, it is elevated at 2,565M. Tourists flocks to this region for its two chedis, cooler weather, waterfalls, bird watching, and unusual viewpoints. It is also known for nature trails such as Ang Ka Luang and Kaew Mae Pan.
#9 Atauro Island is located in which country?
Atauro Island is the secluded tropical paradise located 25 KM north of Dili, Timor-Leste, the newest member of ASEAN. The island with rugged mountains is circled by reefs rich in marine life and crystal clear turquoise waters. It is slowly gaining its name as one of the best diving spots in Southeast Asia.
#10 What is the currency of The Philippines?
the Spanish-Filipino peso was minted in Madrid in 1897 and bore the bust of King Alfonso XIII. The Spanish-Filipino peso remained in circulation and was legal tender in the islands until 1904 when the American authorities demonetized them in favor of the new US-Philippine peso.
#11 The ancient Bagan temples along Irrawaddy river is located in which region of Myanmar?
The Burmese Pagan Kingdom now located in modern-day Mandalay. During the 9th and 13th centuries CE, the Bagan Kings built about 10, 000 temples with over 2,000 ancient temples can be seen nowadays, the most prominent is Ananda and Dhammayangyi temples. The kingdom crumbled after the attack of Mongols in the 13th century. The Bagan Archaeological Area is now seen as one of the world’s most significant archeological sites.
#12 The largest known cave chamber in the world is situated in Southeast Asia, where is it located specifically?
Gunung Mulu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is famous for its limestone cave systems, including the world’s largest natural chamber (the Sarawak Chamber), the world’s largest cave passage (Deer Cave) and the longest cave in Southeast Asia (Clearwater Cave). Its highest peaks are at 2376mM. Apart from its incredibly diverse wildlife, Gunung Mulu’s is known for the Pinnacles, a forest of razor-sharp limestone spires, and the Headhunters’ Trail.
#13 Below is the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site in Southeast Asia, except?
Bohol in Central Visayas region is known for coral reefs and unusual geological formations, notably the Chocolate Hills. It is currently in the tentative list for UNESCO world heritage sites but has yet to be listed. Prambanan Archaeological Park, on the other hand, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991. It was built during the heyday of Sailendra’s powerful dynasty in Java in the 8th century AD. Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia is a ‘twin temple’ of Prambanan.
#14 Which flags below belongs to Laos?
Laos is the only landlocked country in Southeast Asia. It has a rich history stretching back 10,000 years. It lies in the path of Mekong River and known for mountainous terrain, French colonial architecture, hill tribe settlements, and Buddhist monasteries. Luang Prabang was the ancient royal capital of the Lan Xang Kingdom, is also called The Heart of Laotion Culture.
#15 In which country is Shariah law enforced to ALL its citizen in Southeast Asia?
Brunei is the first Southeast Asian country to adopt strict sharia law at the national level. This means, all its citizens are objected to this law despite some retaliation at the international level. The law, however, never fully practiced most of the time although being approved. Acheh province is also a sharia-implemented region, however, this does not affect the rest of the Indonesian archipelago. Malaysia, on the other hand, practices mild sharia law that only affects those who registered as Muslim, civil law still hold a higher place in the country.
#16 ‘The Golden Triangle’ in Southeast Asia is a border between 3 countries below, except?
The Golden Triangle is where Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos meet separated by the Mekong river. The triangle is now known for the long tail boat ride that will take you to cross-border, hill tribe villages, ancient temples, and markets. However, it was once notorious for the production and trafficking of opium and heroin in Southeast Asia.
#17 The largest caldera in Southeast Asia and also in the world is?
Lake Toba is the largest volcanic lake in the world. The lake’s supervolcanic eruption that occurred 70,000 years ago was the most massive known explosive eruption on Earth in the last 25 million years. According to the Toba catastrophe theory, it killed most humans living at that time. Mount Pinatubo volcanic eruption was the second largest eruption of the 20th century. The eruption formed Lake Pinatubo on the top of the mountain.
#18 Universal Studios Singapore (USS) is located in which part of the country?
The 20 hectares Universal Studios Singapore is a theme park located within Resorts World Sentosa on Sentosa Island, Singapore. It features 28 rides, shows, and attractions in seven themed zones. Located on the southern coast of Singapore, it is connected to the city by road, cable car, pedestrian boardwalk, and monorail. It is one of the famous theme parks in Southeast Asia followed by Genting and Legoland, Malaysia.
#19 The island of Borneo is home to 3 Southeast Asian countries below, except?
This island in the Malay Archipelago is shared between the Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak, Indonesian Kalimantan and the tiny nation of Brunei. It’s known for its beaches and ancient, biodiverse rainforest. It is also home to protected wildlife such as orangutans, pygmy elephant, and proboscis monkey.
#20 Air Asia is named the world’s best low-cost carrier in 2017. In which airport is the hub located?
AirAsia Berhad is a Malaysian low-cost airline with its central hub In KLIA2, Malaysia. It is the largest airline in Malaysia by fleet size and destinations. AirAsia Group operates scheduled domestic and international flights to more than 165 destinations spanning 25 countries. You can fly to almost everywhere in Asia from KLIA2 with them.