Countries Surrounding Kuala Lumpur

What countries would reach first if you left in every direction from KL? (excluding Malaysia)
Quiz by relessness
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Last updated: December 12, 2017
First submittedDecember 12, 2017
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Bearing
Country
323°-8°
Thailand
8°-20°
Cambodia
20°-41°
Vietnam
41°-43°
Taiwan
43°-45°
Japan
45°-48°
Mexico
Bearing
Country
48°-81°
Philippines
81°-85°
Brunei
85°-125°
Indonesia
125°-134°
Singapore
134°-296°
Indonesia
296°-323°
India
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Level 71
Dec 15, 2017
Good quiz, quite tricky but I only missed Brunei.
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Level 48
Jan 12, 2018
Are you sure Mexico is accurate there? I feel like that line would hit Alaska. (I didn't do any actual research on this, just looking at a map and visualizing a straight line between Japan and Philippines)
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Level 47
Jan 12, 2018
Perhaps I should have been clearer in terms of what the question means. If you kept on travelling at 46 degrees (and kept on slowly changing direction while moved to maintain the 46 angle) you wouldn't reach Mexico. However if you left KL at a bearing of 46 degrees and kept on walking in a straight line, you would stop travelling at 46 degrees but you end up in Mexico. The quiz is based on the initial bearing rather than your continuous direction
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Level 61
Apr 6, 2018
Is that the same as a great circle? And the same as the line that comes when you measure distance on Google Maps?
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Level 47
Apr 6, 2018
yes and yes
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Level 69
Jul 10, 2022
I suspect it's more just that this kind of line is extremely unintuitive for people because of maps. In 3d space, it makes a lot more sense that the straight line "reflects" (slowly curves along the Earth's surface) and starts going back south, rather than continuing on to the northeast. In 2d space it would have to actually reflect at some point for that to work.
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Level 76
Apr 1, 2020
Please add the word 'you' between 'would' and 'reach' in the description.
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Level 69
Jul 10, 2022
It looks to me like there *might* be a tiny arc in which you could barely skirt the Babuyan Islands and Cabo San Lucas/Colima and hit somewhere near Manta, Ecuador. Sadly Google Maps is not accurate enough over that long of a distance (or, that precise of an angle) for me be certain.

Without the Babuyan Islands existing, I'm fairly sure it works (my best attempt goes through the northern bits of Calayan and Panuitan), so if those tiny islands manage to stop it, I'm also impressed.