Discover daily life along the Mekong River

 The Mekong River, which originates high in the Tibetan Plateau, is the life-blood of activity throughout the long history of Southeast Asian countries. Considered as the mother of all Southeast Asian rivers, the Mekong River, which provides life-sustaining resources to millions of people, is where you can totally experience the diverse ecosystem which sustains life and livelihood for millions of people and how local communities rely on the river for local transportation and trade. jayavarman cruise mekong

Discover daily life along the Mekong River
Discover daily life along the Mekong River -source : internet

The best way to witness these cultures in their most intact form is using the river as your guide. Supporting cultural traditions, transport and agriculture of a large number of people living along its banks, the Mekong River is an important lifeline. From source to mouth, some Mekong Delta’s communities keep on living as they have for several hundreds of years.

Flowing through regions of enormous cultural and ethnic diversity on its journey from the melting glaciers of the Tibetan Plateau, in China’s Qinghai Province, the Mekong traverse Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar (Burma), passes through immense alluvial plains, daunting rapids and  steep mountain gorges in six nations.

Life on the Mekong River
Life on the Mekong River -source: internet

Below China, although becoming quicker, narrower and less navigable, the Mekong is just as important to the surrounding communities. Cultures of China, Vietnam, Thailand and Laos cultivate the lands along the river, and farm their livestock on the hillsides rising along its banks. Just as the Mekong collects and burgeons, fed by the many tributaries flowing down from the highlands, the pace of life slows. These charming countries, which have centuries of culture and history, have experienced so much dislocation and war, are now swiftly developing – their hospitable people working hard to gain a much better future.

The casting people living along the Mekong River
The casting people living along the Mekong River -source: internet

There is also always something new to be found in this quickly expanding part of the world although the highlights of exploring this majestic waterway are a highly traditional lifestyle, swarms of fishing boats and rich rice fields. Various lifestyles are created on seasonal tides of the Mekong River. Local people grow vegetables close to its banks during low tides.

Locals rely on the Mekong for transportation and trade
Locals rely on the Mekong for transportation and trade- source: internet

The Mekong fishermen understand well that the tides are related to the levels of their catches. Between May and June, when the tide is high, in the river, they can catch a considerable amount of fish. Even though fishing is possible all year long, their number drops during the low tides between November and April. Not only feeding local communities with animal life and plant, the Mekong River also has taken on a cultural significance in every area it touches and inspired a dazzling range of musical, artistic and ritual expressions. Vietnam tour packages

What makes this an ideal trip for anyone looking for an active and engaging journey is the combination of spectacular scenery, adventuring and engagement with local culture. It is the rhythm of the seasons around growing and harvesting the crops that the country life follows. In the rivers and lakes, it is possible to see locals fishing to supplement their income.

Fisherman on the Mekong
Fisherman on the Mekong -source: internet

As magnificent as the river is, with not much to do, you will only be on the boat to relax and admire the scenery rolling by. However, all around you are many people. You can hear gladly “hello” and see friendly waves from the riverbank. So what still prevents you from making new friends? Perhaps, the best way to get a deep insight into the daily life of the hospitable people is enjoying a homestay with local family in one of many villages in this region.

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