Southeast Asia 2 by BillPennington

Champion(s):

grimesr


Runner(s)-Up:

EggCzar


Quiz Description

A follow up to the first version, where you'll be again tested on your knowledge about this fascinating part of the world. Geography, history, culture, travel. And food. Spicy food.

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Questions:

The ninth busiest air route in the world (based on numbers of passengers flown) is between Jakarta and the second largest city on the island of Java, Indonesia. Name this second city.

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Surabaya

An ethnic group from the mountain borderlands of Laos, Vietnam, China and Thailand, these people are a sub group of the Miao, and speak a language related to Mien. Many members of this group fought in the Secret War in Laos the 1960s and 70s, backed by the CIA. After the war, many more left their homelands and became refugees in the USA, Australia and France. Clint Eastwood's film "Gran Torino" features a family with this ethnic background as his new neighbours in Detroit. Give the common name of this ethnic group.

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Hmong

The largest island in Thailand is a centre for that country's tourism industry. Also, more Australians now die there than in Bali, Indonesia. Don't drink and drive motorbikes, chaps. Name the island which, along with 32 smaller islands, is also the name of a Thai province.

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Phuket

A particular type of coffee (Kopi Luwak) is a specialty of the Indonesian island of Sumatra. What is the unique treatment that the coffee beans receive before being roasted and ground, which supposedly gives the coffee it's notorious flavour?

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They are digested by a civet cat.

The French colonialists called it "Quatre Bras", the place where four rivers meet. Now a bustling capital of over a million people, this city's tourist sites include a Royal Palace containing a temple with a solid silver floor, a former school where political prisoners were tortured and a dodgy nightlife district along Street 51.

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Phnom Penh

Tom Yam is a spicy soup base very popular in Thai cuisine. But what additional ingredient is added to make it Tom Yam Goong?

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Prawns/Shrimps

A famous 1926 short story of Somerset Maugham was also turned into a play and at least two Hollywood films (one directed by William Wyler in 1940). The story is based on a real life murder/scandal within the British colonial community in the Malay States. The plot turns on the discovery of what object, which also gives the story, the play and the movies their title?

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Letter/The Letter

A small city of 120,000 people in central Vietnam is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Formerly known as Fai-foo, what is it called these days? Like Kyoto and Tokyo in Japan, the modern name is also an anagram of the country's capital.

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Hoi An

Farmers in Southeast Asia and Papua New Guinea first domesticated varieties of the Musa genus from around 8,000 BCE. Cultivars later spread to Africa with Muslim traders, to the Pacific with the Polynesians and to the Americas with the Portuguese. While the wild varieties contained seeds, modern cultivation relies on propagation though shoots and cuttings called "suckers". What is this amazing plant?

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Bananas

What are the Merdeka, Malacanang, Istana Negara and the Palace of Cinsas all used for, or what do they have in common?

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Residences or offices of the heads of state

A delicious breakfast in Myanmar/Burma might consist of a steaming bowl of mohinga. Besides the ubiquitous noodles, what is the main ingredient of this (de facto) national dish?

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Fish

In 1907 a colonial business in the Netherlands East Indies merged with an antiques dealer and tropical mollusc importer based in London, which provided the newly merged company's most well known brand name. Now the fifth largest company in the world and with a subsidiary that dominates the economy of Brunei, name this corporate giant.

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Shell/Royal Dutch Shell