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 The Mekong

Mekong at a glance

Main River Length: 4,800km
Catchment Area: 795,000km2
Countries
China
Myanmar
Laos PDR
Thailand
Cambodia
Viet Nam
 

 The Mekong River running through the Indo-China Peninsula is the representative mega-river in Southeast Asia. The basin originate in Tibetan mountains of China, and includes other five countries, Myanmer, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam.

The area of the Mekong River is about 795,000km2, and the extent corresponds to more than two-times of Japanese land area. The main stream length is said 4,800km, and this long distance had prevented any expedition done by colonialist in modern times.

Ecology in the basin is extremely rich including many endangered species. The bio-diversity in the Mekong River basin is the second richest in the world following The Amazon. The natural resources are also rich, especially freshwater all through the basin.

The Mekong Countries or regions are poor area including the poorest countries. In the downstream basin against China border, called Lower Mekong(LM), over 100 ethnic minorities are living, and one-third of them faces severe condition in their income of under few dollars per day.


 The Mekong  Delta in Pictures

My Tho

Ben Tre

My Thuan

Long Hoa

Vinh Chau
 
Can Tho

Long My

Chau Doc

 

 

The Lower Mekong River Basin (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam) is home to approximately 60 million people. There are over 100 different ethnic groups living within the basin's boundaries, making it one of the most culturally diverse regions of the world. Most basin inhabitants are rural farmer/fishers and while they may be resource rich, they are money poor. One third of the population live on less than a few dollars per day. Often lacking access to basic government services, people in the basin are, on average, less well off than their fellow citizens outside the basin. What makes life tolerable for these people are the aquatic resources provided by the basin's rivers and wetlands.

 

90% of Vietnam's agricultural produce comes from 10% of it's area, and the Mekong Delta defines where that is to be found.

  

 

 A tapestry landscape at the end of the great Mekong river (which carries Himalayan snow across South East Asia to merge with the South China Sea on the south eastern shores of Vietnam).

 

 The puffed rice is a popular treat from the area, very like western toffee popcorn
 and dormitory room of a stilt house out in the sticks would be our home for the night.

 

 The Bonsai garden outside was an absolute treat to walk round.
There were also many beautiful orchids to be found growing out in the grounds.

 

 

A refueling stop on the river brought a smile to my face. 
In one of the villages we dropped into a school for a while, as they did not seem to mind.

 Then come the markets and boats in this larger town.

 

 Back on the river again although our time here is running out fast.

 The port of call is Cai Be, a real market town.

 

 Back on dry land we see the ever popular rice pancakes being prepared.Once cooked (as shown on the left) they are laid out in racks to dry in the sun.

 

 

 A very beautiful Caodal temple in Mekong Delta.
The Caiodal religion is unique to this region and is a melting pot of ideas and beliefs from other religions and sects.

 

The Mekong  & and Valuable Recourses

  The land & Its resources    
  People Live Hood & Water     
  Water at Work          
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