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Asean and north-east India - so near and yet so far

Mention "Mawlynnong", and chances are it won't ring a bell for most people. Yet, this nondescript village tucked away in India's remote north-east has been listed by the likes of BBC Travel and Lonely Planet as Asia's cleanest village.

India's north-east is also home to the world's wettest place (Mawsynram village in Meghalaya state), the world's largest river island (Majuli in Assam state, with an area of around 880 sq km) and the world's only floating national park (Keibul Lamjao National Park in Manipur state).

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 30, 2018, with the headline 'Asean and north-east India - so near and yet so far'. Print Edition | Subscribe