In pictures: Watery sojourns on the Mekong
MEASURING a vast 4350km the Mekong River, the 12th largest in the world, runs like a vein through Asia, bringing life and industry to China, Burma, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam and all the communities who live and work along its banks.
For travellers too it has become an important part of an Asian sojourn. Many will have encountered sections of it to see festivals, when they’ve stayed in riverside towns, or even utilised the waters for transport.
From the Tibetan Plateau the river flows southeast through Yunnan in China, then along the border of Burma and Laos, touching parts of Thailand, Cambodia and finally into Vietnam where it exits into the South China Sea via an enormous delta.
The Mekong is known by many names. These include “mae” in Khmer which means big, mother, boss or large. While in northern Thailand it is called “River Khong”; Khong coming from a sanskrit word meaning sacred water.
Its twists, turns, confluences, floodwaters and flow reverses are incredible. These images demonstrate some of the landscapes through which the river moves and shapes, the people that utilise its waters for agriculture or fishing, and travellers making sojourns on the Mekong.