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Borders of Myanmar

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Myanmar has the highest number of bordering countries in Southeast Asia, with 5 countries sharing its  land boundary. The western side of the country is bordered by Bangladesh and India, while Laos and Thailand border the eastern side. China forms the border to the north and the northeast of Myanmar. The south is not bordered by a country but by two water bodies, namely the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal. This post only covers some of its border areas. Myanmar - China border The Myanmar - China border is 2,129 km (1,323 miles) in length and run from the tripoint with India in the north to the tripoint with Laos in the south. Hkakabo Razi. Photo: Myanmar Life Hkakabo Razi is located in the northern Myanmar state of Kachin in an outlying subrange of the Greater Himalayan mountain system near the border tripoint with India and China. Hkakabo Razi. Photo: digitaltrends Hkakabo Razi is the highest mountain not only in Myanmar but also in Southeast Asia. It is covered with snow all year r

The Tidung People from Indonesia and Malaysia

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The Tidung (Tidong) are a native group originating from northeastern part of Borneo and surrounding small islands. They live on both sides of the border of Malaysia and Indonesia. The name Tidung is taken from the word "tiding" or "tideng" which means mountain or hill. However, most of the Tidung people live in coastal areas. The rise of the Muslim Tidung Sultanate molded the ethnogenesis character of the Tidung people. They collectively known as a Malayalised Dayak (Dayak-Melayu) people of Kalimantan similar to other native Muslim coastal Borneo groups, such as the Bulungan, Kutainese, Banjarese and Paserese people. Most Tidungese people perceived themselves as Malay due to the stronger self-affiliation with the Malay-Muslim identity. Tidungnese wedding costumes from North Kalimantan, Indonesia. Photo: Indozone On formal occasions such as weddings or other celebrations, the Tidung people like to wear yellow dominated clothes. This color symbolizes glory or greatnes

Mekong, The Longest River in South East Asia

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The Mekong River begins in the middle of China, carving its way south from the vast Tibetan Plateau, eventually forming the border between Myanmar and Laos, then between Laos and Thailand. The waterway winds through Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, finally draining into the South China Sea.  Roughly meaning "Mother of Rivers" in Thai and Lao languages, the Mekong River is a sacred lifeline in Southeast Asia. Mekong river has a long history, where populations have depended on it for thousands of years to survive. The first civilization recorded in 2100 BC, i.e. the Indianised Khmer culture of Funan. It was proven with the coins discovery as old as the Roman Empire. The first European to encounter the Mekong was the Portuguese Antonio de Faria in 1540. European interest was sporadic: the Spanish and Portuguese mounted some missionary and trade expeditions, while the Dutch Gerrit van Wuysthoff led an expedition up the river as far as Vientiane in 1641–42. In 1995, Mekong River Commis