OVERVIEW

The Mekong River begins in the Tibetan Plateau and flows through 5 Southeast Asian countries before joining the South China Sea. It is the 12th largest river in the world but is one of the richest in terms of its culture, history and ecological diversity. Sailing through China, Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam it offers a historical timeline of ancient empires and modern conflicts. Sail through rainforests, plains and rice fields and through fishing villages untouched by time. As home to roughly 1000 species of fish, 20,000 plants species and hundreds of bird, reptile, and mammal species, the Mekong is one of the most biologically diverse areas in the world—second only to the Amazon River.


RIVER MEKONG FACTS

Continent- Asia
Countries- China, Myanmar (Burma), Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam
Source- Lasagongma Spring, Mt. Guozhongmucha, Qinghai Province, China
Mouth- South China Sea
Length- 3,050 miles
Number of tributaries- 6


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DID YOU KNOW?

  • In China, the Mekong River is called the Lancang Jiang, meaning “Turbulent River.”
  • The name derives from the Thai language’s Mae Nam, meaning “Mother of Water.”
  • In 2009, 145 new species were described from the Mekong Region, including two new bird species, five mammals, 96 plants, six new amphibians, and 29 fish species previously unknown to science.
  • The Mekong has more large fish than any other river- The Mekong giant catfish trues to its name can weigh up to 660 lbs and grow to be almost 10 ft.
  • The Mekong River Basin is almost the size of France and Germany put together.
  • It would take 48 hours of driving at roughly 62 MPH to drive the same distance as the length of the Mekong River.



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1 - Mon, 19/08/2013

Tonle Sap



Cambodias; Tonle Sap, or Great Lake as it is also known, is the largest freshwater lake in South East Asia and was designated as a UNESCO biosphere in 1997. It is situated in the center plains of the country, and has enormous sigificance for Cambodians.





1 - Mon, 19/08/2013

Siem Reap



The capital city of the Siem Reap Province, Siem Reap serves as the gateway to the millennium-old temple ruins of the Khmer Empire. It is nestled amongst tice paddies and stretches along the banks of the Mekong.





2 - Tue, 20/08/2013

Kampong Thom



Situated at the lower part of the Tonle Sap lake, Kampong Thom is located in central Cambodia and rich in historical sites. The famous Sambor Prei Kuk is located in the province, this ancient city has about two hundred brick temples. The design and style of the city are the foundations that inspired the Angkor civilization.





2 - Tue, 20/08/2013

Kampong Chhnang



Kampong Channang is the main centre for fishing and trading in the vast wetlands that surround the great Tonle Sap lake. Kampong Channang was an important French provincial city with many fine French villas and public buildings. The river port is one of the busiest on the river Mekong with many vessels rafted up to make a complex river city. Take a stroll up the river banks and see the amazing stilted houses.





2 - Tue, 20/08/2013

Kampong Thom



Situated at the lower part of the Tonle Sap lake, Kampong Thom is located in central Cambodia and rich in historical sites. The famous Sambor Prei Kuk is located in the province, this ancient city has about two hundred brick temples. The design and style of the city are the foundations that inspired the Angkor civilization.





2 - Tue, 20/08/2013

Oudong



Oudong is a district of Kompong Spue Province and is approximately 38km from Phnom Penh city. Oudong was once the capital of Cambodia from early 17th Century until 1866. Temples, Stupas and other buildings are all dotted around three hills in Oundong. Oudong also houses a concrete replica of Angkor Wat called Prasat Nokor Vimean Sour.





3 - Wed, 21/08/2013

Phnom Penh



Located on the banks of the Mekong River, Phnom Penh is a gateway to many of Cambodias highlights...the temples of Angkor near Siem Reap City in the west, the beaches of Sihanoukville and coastal towns on along the southern coast (Kampot, Kep and Koh Kong,) the minority peoples, jungles and wildlife of the northeast provinces and a wide-open, unspoiled countryside of rice fields, little villages and lost temples.





3 - Wed, 21/08/2013

Chong Koh



Chong Koh is a Khmer river community which is famous for its weaving production. The village has an ornate Buddhist temple and a monastery with a few young monks.





4 - Thu, 22/08/2013

Phnom Penh



Located on the banks of the Mekong River, Phnom Penh is a gateway to many of Cambodias highlights...the temples of Angkor near Siem Reap City in the west, the beaches of Sihanoukville and coastal towns on along the southern coast (Kampot, Kep and Koh Kong,) the minority peoples, jungles and wildlife of the northeast provinces and a wide-open, unspoiled countryside of rice fields, little villages and lost temples.





5 - Fri, 23/08/2013

Border Crossing



You will cross the border today to get from CAmbodia to Vietnam or Vice Versa





6 - Sat, 24/08/2013

Tan Chau








7 - Sun, 25/08/2013

Sa Dec



Said to be the ‘little Venice of Asia’ Sa Dec has countless canals bustling with water borne craft of every size and description. The town’s market is a typical hive of Vietnamese bustle and enterprise.





7 - Sun, 25/08/2013

Xeo Quyt



Xeo Quyt was used by the French and US as a base during the wars. the area is now an important ecological site with its jungle overgrowth. Xeo Quqt has now been restored in order to bring the site back to its original state, reflecting the historical and cultural values of the Dong Thep Province.





7 - Sun, 25/08/2013

Cai Be



Cái Bè is a charming river-land mixed town in Vietnam. It is a rural district of Ti?n Giang province in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam. Famous for its incredible floating markets, visitors can take a sampan ride as they marvel at the colourful scene of wholesalers moored on their larger vessels, displaying their wares on tall wooden poles, while buyers move amongst them on smaller crafts.





8 - Mon, 26/08/2013

Ho Chi Minh City



On the maps, it's Ho Chi Minh City, but everyone still calls it Saigon. Lying along the Saigon River to the north of the Mekong River delta, about 50 miles (80 km) from the South China Sea, it is Vietnam's largest and most famous city.

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