Russia

Driving Directions Russia

RUSSIA is the largest single country globally, extending into two continents and around almost half of the globe. Mainland Russia stretches from the Gulf of Finland in the west to the Pacific Ocean’s shores in the east and from the Arctic Ocean in the north to the Caucasus in the south. Russian territory also includes several large islands and the enclave of Kaliningrad (bordering the Baltic Sea, Poland, and Lithuania).

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The Philippines

Driving Directions Philippines

PHILIPPINES comprises 7,107 islands and islets in the western Pacific, which are scattered over a vast area and form the northernmost group of the Malay Archipelago.

There are four main groups: Luzon and Mindoro to the north, the Visayan Islands in the cen­tre, Mindanao, and the Sulu Archipelago in the south Palawan in the southwest.

Manila, the capital, is on Luzon. The great majority of the islands (6,647) are less than 2.6 square kilometers or 1 square mile in area and uninhabited, and only 11 are of a large enough size to accom­modate the bulk of the population. These are Luzon and Mindanao (the two largest islands), Mindoro, Samar, Masbate, Leyte, Cebu, Bohol, Negros, Panay, and Palawan.

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Palau

Driving Directions Palau

PALAU is a small republic in the Pacific Ocean, formerly called Belau or Belleau, which gained its independence from the United States trusteeship in 1994. It consists of a small number of volcanic islands and numerous coral atolls in the Caroline Group, about 900 kilometers or 625 miles equidistant from New Guinea to the south and the Philippines to the west.

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Nepal

Driving Directions Nepal

NEPAL is a constitutional monarchy with the Chinese autonomous region of Tibet lying on its northern, long side and sur­rounded by India on its other three sides to the west, south, and east.

The kingdom is divided into three topographical bands running northwesterly to the southeasterly direction: the high Himalayas, which extend along the northern border with Tibet, the more modest ranges of the Himalayas, and a narrow band of lower-lying land called the Tarai.

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Myanmar

Driving Directions Myanmar

MYANMAR (formerly Burma) is the second-largest country in Southeast Asia. The heartland of the country is the valley of the great Irrawaddy river system. The north and west of the country are mountainous, and the Shan Plateau runs along the border with Thailand in the east.

The climate is equatorial at the coast, changing to tropical monsoon over most of the interior.

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Mongolia

Driving Directions Mongolia

MONGOLIA is a large, central Asian republic that shares a long northern border with Russia and is surrounded by China‘s other sides.

The border with China extends for 4,670 kilometers or 2,901 miles. Mongolia consists mainly of a high plateau from which mountains rise in the west. The principal ranges are the Altai Mountains, which extend southeastward, and the Hangayn Mountains in the central west­ern area.

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Maldives

Driving Directions Maldives

MALDIVES, the, is a republic consisting of 1,200 low-lying coral islands grouped into 12 atolls, lying 640 kilometers or 398 miles south­west of Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean. Roughly 202 islands are inhabited, and the highest point is only 1.5 meters or 5 feet above sea level.

Independence gained in 1965, with a republic formed three years later.

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