The Philippines closest neighboring countries are Taiwan to the north and Malaysia to the south. Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos are west of the country, while the eastern Philippines' closest neighbors are Palau and the Marianas Islands. Located at the southeastern rim of the Asian continent, the Philippines is surrounded by the Philippine Sea and the South China Sea from all sides.Continue Reading
The country's location and proximity with other countries often lead to territorial disputes. China, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia and the Philippines all claim the Kalayaan Islands, which lie to the west of the Philippines and are east of Vietnam. All of the disputing countries have been slowly establishing their own outposts on smaller islands. Malaysia and the Philippines also have territorial disputes over Sabah, one of the two Malaysian states situated north of Borneo. The Philippines presents itself as the successor of the state based on the former territories of the Sultanate of Sulu, while Malaysia considers the residents of Sabah citizens of Malaysia.
Despite both Vietnam and the Philippines' claim over the Kalayaan Islands, the two countries' relationship can be described as friendly. Both countries are opposed to China's claim on the South China Sea and are both committed to bringing about a multilateral diplomatic solution to the disputed territory.Learn more about Southeast Asia
The Philippines has a population of over 100 million people as of 2016, with 12.9 million of them living in the capital city of Manila, which equates to about 12 percent of the total population. The country spans 115,831 square miles and 7,107 islands. The largest and most populous island is Luzon, located in the north of the archipelago, and the second largest island is Mindanao, located in the south.Full Answer >
The Philippines are located in both the Northern and the Eastern Hemispheres. The Pacific Ocean completely surrounds the 7,107 islands that make up the Philippines.Full Answer >
The Kingdom of Thailand is bordered by four countries: Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia and Myanmar. Thailand is bordered by the Gulf of Thailand in the south and in the Andaman Sea in the west.Full Answer >
The largest waterfall in the Philippines is located on the island of Mindanao and is called Aliwagwag Falls. It is 1,110 feet from the top of the falls to the Canteel River and measures 65 feet across the falls.Full Answer >