The Mon Wooden Bridge, Songhkla Buri, Thailand
The Mon Wooden Bridge in Songkla Buri, the second longest wooden bridge in the world - was sadly destroyed by heavy waterfall and flooding in July 2013. The locals have since built a temporary floating bamboo bridge parallel to the wooden bridge to ease their daily life until the large wooden structure can be rebuilt.
This panorama is from January 2013, before the flood.
The famous view over Sangkhla, from the Samprasop Resort. The Mon wooden bridge(s) is (/are) the cent...
The view over Sangkhla, from the southern end of the Mon wooden bridge. This is the centre of the Mon...
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Asia is the biggest continent on Earth, a darling little gem floating around in space.
Hm, what is Asia? Who's in on it?
China and India are safe bets for Asian nations. Korea, Japan, Thailand, you're fine.
Europe? No. Europe would sort of be on the "Asian continent" if not for those pesky Ural mountains dividing things up in the middle, and then also the whole lineage of kings and wealth and nations and the EU and all that "give me my respect" stuff.
Russia would probably be happiest as its own continent, so for now we'll leave it in "Eurasia" and just hope the natural gas supplies keep flowing.
Pakistan and Afghanistan are dang close to Asia, but politically they show up in "Middle East" news stories an awful lot. Verdict: Eurasia.
I guess we'll actually have to consider everything from Turkey on eastward to be "Eurasian", although the moniker seems overlappitory of the territory.
The Asian economy is now officially raging like a wild furnace of lava that consumes everything in its path. Japan has had the largest individual economy in Asia for decades, but it is forecast that both India and China will outstrip Japan within twenty years.
China is the largest holder of United States debt and is positioned to become the world's next superpower, provided that Godzilla doesn't return and decide to stomp everybody back into the Shang Dynasty.
Text by Steve Smith.