After almost a month of thrills and spills the finalists of the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup final have been decided. Favourites and Southeast Asian football powerhouse Thailand will take on an unfancied Indonesia side over two legs.
Indonesia will enjoy home advantage in the first leg on Wednesday when they host the War Elephants in the city of Bogor, while Thailand will host the second leg in Bangkok on Saturday. But how much do you know about the cities that will be hosting the final of the illustrious competition?
• Located in West Java Province, Bogor is roughly 60 kilometers south of the capital city Jakarta
• Bogor is the 14th largest city in Indonesia
• In the Middle Ages, the city was the capital of the Sunda Kingdom (Kerajaan Sunda) and was known as Pakuan Pajajaran
• During the Dutch colonial era, the city was called Buitenzorg, which means ‘care free’ in Dutch. It was the location of the summer residence of the Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies.
• Has a population of just over a million people
• Bogor is home to one of the oldest and largest botanical gardens in the world. The gardens, known as Kebun Raya Bogor in Indonesian. It is nicknamed “the Rain City” as it frequently rains in the area, even during the dry season.
• December marks one of the cooler periods in terms of the weather in Bogor as temperatures range from 21 to 30 degrees Celsius.
• Capital city of Thailand
• Has a population of around 8.5 million people
• The city is home to more than 500 temples
• Bangkok began as a small trading area in the 15th century and when it grew in size, there were two capital cities, Thonburi in 1768 and Rattanakosin in 1782
• Has the largest golden Buddha statue in the world. The statue is 9.8 ft tall, weighs about 5.5 tons and is worth approximately $250 million
• It is the hottest city in the world with an average temperature of 31 degrees Celsius
• During the Thai New Year Bangkok holds the world’s largest street water fight known as the Songkran festival
• Thailand has what is considered one of the world’s largest weekend markets in Chatuchak weekend market – try not to get lost!