From China to Vietnam, the Mekong River is the lifeblood of Southeast Asia and offers a glimpse into the long history and diverse cultures of the region. The 12th longest river in the world and the 7th longest in Asia, it flows through six countries: China, Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam.
What river forms part of the Laos border?
Laos is bordered by China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Burma. The Mekong River forms a large part of Laos’ border with Thailand, and 1,800 of the river’s 4,000 kilometres pass through Laos. Main towns (including Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Pakse and Savannakhet) are located adjacent to the river.
Why do people from Laos call the Mekong mother Mekong?
Generations of fishermen have depended on the Mekong River’s bounty. Now, overfishing and proposed dams threaten the ecosystem and the well-being of millions of people in six countries. … “We call the river mae nam khon, which in Lao means Mother Mekong, because it gives us so much in our life.”
What are the four important rivers in Thailand?
Chao Phraya, Thachin, Bangpakong, and Maeklong comprise the four major rivers of Thailand’s central basin. They serve over 20 million people in an area of 100,000 square kilometers. The geographic feature and land-use of the rivers are shown in Figure 1.