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Geography of Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia is located, just like it sounds, in the southeast portion of the continent of Asia. It is south of China and to the east of India. Much of Southeast Asia is islands in the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. Two major Seas are the South China Sea and the Philippine Sea.

Southeast Asia is rich in wildlife with animals such as orangutans, leopards, elephants, water buffalo and rhinos. There is also significant diversity in culture, language, and religion. Much of Southeast Asia is rainforest and the climate is very wet. The wet weather makes the area prime for rice patty agriculture making rice the main staple in the Southeast Asian diet.

Population: 593,415,000 (Source: 2010 United Nations)

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Area: 1,900,000 square miles

Major Biomes: rainforest

Major cities: Bordering Bodies of Water: Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean, South China Sea, Gulf of Thailand, Gulf of Tonkin, Java Sea, Philippine Sea, Celebes Sea

Major Rivers and Lakes: Tonle Sap, Lake Toba, Songkhla Lake, Laguna de Bay, Mekong River, Salween River, Irrawaddy River, Fly River

Major Geographical Features: Volcanoes of Indonesia and the Philippine Islands, Malay Peninsula, Philippine Trench, Java Trench, New Guinea Island, Borneo Island, Sumatra Island

Countries of Southeast Asia

Learn more about the countries from the continent of Southeast Asia. Get all sorts of information on each Southeast Asian country including a map, a picture of the flag, population, and much more. Select the country below for more information:

Burma (Myanmar)
East Timor (Timor-Leste)
  (Timeline of Vietnam)

Fun Facts about Southeast Asia:

Indonesia is the fourth most populous country in the world.

The largest book in the world is said to be in the Kuthodaw Pagoda in Myanmar.

Ha Long Bay in Vietnam was named one of the "New Seven Wonders of Nature."

Hundreds of animals in Southeast Asia are on the brink of extinction. This includes the Sumatran Tiger and the Sumatran Rhino.

There are around 20,000 islands in Southeast Asia.

The Komodo Dragon is only found on a few islands in Indonesia.

Coloring Map

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Geography Games:

Southeast Asia Map Game
Southeast Asia Word Search

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