A unified Thai kingdom was established in the mid-14th century. Known as Siam until 1939, Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country never to have been taken over by a European power. The country divides into four regions – North, Northeast, Central and South – sharing borders with Malaysia on the south, Burma on the west, Lao on northeast and east, and Kampucha on the east.
In recent years, the quality of life for expatriate and Taiwanese residents of Taipei has improved. This is in large measure due to the opening of Taipei's excellent rapid transit system, which has reduced traffic and pollution in the city.
Cambodia is a country in Southeast Asia that borders the Gulf of Thailand. Neighboring countries include Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam. The geography of Cambodia is mountainous in the southwest and north and dominated by the Mekong River and Tonle Sap Lake.
Hong Kong is an autonomous territory, and former British colony, in southeastern China. Its vibrant, densely populated urban centre is a major port and global financial hub with a skyscraper-studded skyline. Central (the business district) features architectural landmarks like I.M. Pei’s Bank of China Tower. Hong Kong is also a major shopping destination, famed for bespoke tailors and Temple Street Night Market.
South Korea is a country in the southern part of the Koreanpeninsula , in the north east region of Asia. The capital city is Seoul. The official name of South Korea is the Republic of Korea in English. About half of the country's people live in its capital city, Seoul, or near the city in the metropolitanarea. Korea's Seoul metropolitan area is one of the most populous metropolitan areas in the world. In fact, some sources say it is the second most populous after Tokyo, Japan.
Indonesia, a Southeast Asian nation made up of thousands of volcanic islands, is home to hundreds of ethnic groups speaking many different languages. It’s known for beaches, volcanoes, Komodo dragons and jungles sheltering elephants, orangutans and tigers. On the island of Java lies Indonesia's vibrant, sprawling capital, Jakarta, and the city of Yogyakarta, known for gamelan music and traditional puppetry.