Where is the Mekong Delta

Running from China to Vietnam, the Mekong River which offers a closer glimpse into the long history and rich cultures of the region, is the lifeblood of Southeast Asia. Flowing through six countries including: Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Laos and Cambodia, it is the 7th longest river in Asia and the 12th longest in the world. Being home to almost 20,000 species of plant, hundreds species of bird, reptile, and mammal and 1,000 species of fish, the Mekong is one of the most important biologically diverse areas in the world—only ranked after the Amazon River. Tours Indochina Vietnam

The scenic landscape in the Mekong
The scenic landscape in the Mekong – source: tamglobaltravel.com

Running through six distinct geographical regions, each of which has its own characteristic features of land cover, elevation and topography the Mekong River links six countries in Southeast Asia. Having origin from the Tibetan Plateau, the mountainous area through the Yunnan Province in the Hengduan Mountains is the place where this river flows down to. After getting out of China, it shares the border with Laos and Myanmar (Burma) for approximately 60 miles.

Below Laos, it begins to be much untamed and before crossing into Cambodia, the Mekong gathers together with the Mun River. While being in Cambodia, it reaches the Sap River and continues flowing through the capital of Cambodia. When going into Vietnam, the Mekong becomes much slower and divided into the Mekong Delta’s smaller channels. Mekong river cruise

River life in the Mekong River
River life in the Mekong River – source: aquaexpeditions.com

In Vietnam, covering a total area of some 15,000 square miles, the Mekong Delta offers travelers an excellent cruise in the massive region. Not only being the rice bowl of Vietnam, which occupies more than half of the rice production of Vietnam, the Mekong also offers spectacular landscape spotted with enormous green rice paddy fields, tropical fruit gardens and fish farms.

Near the Cambodian border situated Chau Doc which is one of the most multicultural cities in Vietnam with the harmonious coexistence of Vietnamese, Khmer, Cham and Chinese communities. You can realize the communities’ influence in their places of worship such as mosques, temples, and churches. This makes it a fascinating town to visit. Offering picturesque views and numerous pagodas and temples, the nearby Sam Mountain is also well worth visiting.

After passing by the Cambodia border, you can see the Mekong River in Phnom Penh, the capital and largest city of Cambodia. Since the French colony period of Cambodia, Phnom Penh has preserved its unique French beauty and has been the heart of economics, politics and heritage. Besides the Killing Fields, where you can know more about the difficult condition of Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge regime, this city also offers other highlights including the Royal Palace, National Museum and Silver Pagoda to explore.

The Mekong River in Laos
The Mekong River in Laos – source: travel.nationalgeographic.com

In Cambodia, you can also pay a visit to the quaint and charming town of Kampong Cham, which plays an important role in commerce and transportation of the Mekong. With the history dating back many centuries ago, Kampong Cham, the third largest city is considered to be seen in its archeological treasures.

Running from China to Vietnam, the Mekong River which offers a closer glimpse into the long history and rich cultures of the region, is the lifeblood of Southeast Asia. Flowing through six countries including: Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Laos and Cambodia, it is the 7th longest river in Asia and the 12th longest in the world. Being home to almost 20,000 species of plant, hundreds species of bird, reptile, and mammal and 1,000 species of fish, the Mekong is one of the most important biologically diverse areas in the world—only ranked after the Amazon River.

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