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Bangkok to Sydney

The 7,500 kilometre journey from Bangkok to Sydney crosses some of the most isolated, most bio-diverse and most beautiful landscapes on Earth. However this amazing variety is split into two distinct regions, each with their own evolutionary and geological history.

The western half of the flight path from Bangkok to Borneo has developed over millions of years as part of the Asian continent, whereas the eastern half of the flight path from Sulawesi to Sydney has developed with an Australian heritage. This divide is reflected in each region’s animals, plants and landscapes: from the active Indonesian volcanoes, to the barren sand seas of Australia and vibrant underwater ecosystems of the Gulf of Thailand.

There is also a fascinating human history beneath the flight path: between the regional metropoles of Sydney and Bangkok exist modern cultures and tribes and the curious history of homo floresiensis.

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