In Vietnam, it’s Song Tien Giang. In Cambodia, it’s referred to as the Mekongk. In Thailand, it’s Mae Nam Khong. In China, it’s called Lancang Jiang. There are many other different names for the Mekong, the river that flows for around 2,700 miles through China, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam.
The Mekong River is the longest river in Southeast Asia (the 7th longest in all of Asia), supporting the livelihood of more than 70 million people. There are many river cruises that could show travelers some of the most beautiful and scenic treasures here, and if you’re considering a trip on the Mighty Mekong, there are many spectacular sights that await you.
Connecting countries and diverse cultures, the Mekong River is a treasure that adventure-seekers and nature-lovers will definitely enjoy exploring. After you choose the country that you want to see (Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Burma, or China), you could go on and figure out whether you’d like to join a group tour or explore the places by yourself. Either way, it will sure be very rewarding and unmistakably beautiful, with all the exotic scenery that’s in store for you here.
The biodiversity hotspot of the Greater Mekong is where some of the world’s most diverse habitats—which serves as home to more than 350 wild tigers–are found. The Mekong River, on the other hand, is home to some of the world’s largest freshwater species, the Mekong Giant Catfish, and the Giant Freshwater Stingray.
There are many spots to explore in the Mekong Delta. One of the places in the side of Vietnam that has been hits with visitors is Can Tho (the biggest city in the Mekong Delta), where you’ll find the where you’ll find great floating markets, which will give you an opportunity to catch a glimpse of the locals’ livelihood. There are also many restaurants and shops here, and though tourists could increase in number at times, the relaxed and unwinding atmosphere could still be felt. You can also head over to Vinh Long, the capital of the Vinh Long province in Vietnam‘s Mekong Delta—only two hours away from Can Tho, this is where you can try out homestays, which will allow you to be immersed in the country’s people people and culture.
You can also make your way to Mekong port of Luang Prabang in Laos, where you’ll be able to see so many breathtaking temples and natural attractions. Luang Prabang is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so you’re sure to have the best time here if you’re looking for a place rich in culture and unparalleled religious treasures. The ones that you must not miss when you’re here are the Kiang Si Falls, the Pak Ou Caves, and the beautiful Wat Xieng Thong temple.
These are just some of the things that you’ll find in the Mighty Mekong; there are still so many places to explore here, and you will sure be in for a fantastic and educational trip. Have you been to any of these places? Share with us your experiences, and perhaps give some tips as well!