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Mekong River - South East Asia

Mekong River - South East Asia

Mekong River - South East Asia

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The Mekong River rises in the mountains of Tibet, flows through SW China and Burma, marks the border between Thailand and Laos, and meanders through Cambodia and Vietnam where its fertile delta forms the region’s agricultural heartland.

Thousands of boats ply the waters of the Mekong, from tiny rowing boats to sampans carrying rice, fruit and sugarcane. All life is there: colourful floating markets, river villages on stilts and beautiful Khmer pagodas. Birds nest in huge colonies and five species of dolphin swim the Mekong, including the rare Irrawaddy dolphin.

A Mekong river cruise links some of the great cities of SE Asia. Saigon is a startling culture clash. The heart of Vietnamese trade, modern-day Ho Chi Minh City maintains its charm in the Chinese markets and bustling streets amidst grand French Colonial buildings. Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, is a pleasant riverside city graced with leafy boulevards and dotted with cafés and bars.

Published on 2/23/11

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