is a river in Southeast Asia. It is the world's 10th-longest river and the 7th-longest in Asia. Its estimated length is 4,909 km (3,050 mi),and it drains an area of 795,000 km2 (307,000 sq mi), discharging 475 km3 (114 cu mi) of water annually.
From the Tibetan Plateau this river runs through China's Yunnan province, Burma, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam established the Mekong River Commission (MRC) in 1995 to assist in the management and coordinated use of the Mekong's resources. In 1996 China and Burma became "dialogue partners" of the MRC and the six countries now work together within a cooperative framework.
The extreme seasonal variations in flow and the presence of rapids and waterfalls in this river have made navigation difficult. Two hundred Chinese border police and 100 policemen from Myanmar, Laos and Thailand escorted a convoy of 10 Chinese cargo ships departing Guanlei, China, recently. The river is a major trading route linking China’s southwestern province of Yunnan to the South China Sea via Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, and provides locals with an invaluable outlet to the sea and international trading.NAMES
In English the river is called "the Mekong River", derived from "Mae Nam Khong", a term of both Thai and Lao origin. In the Lao-Thai toponymy, all great rivers are considered "mother rivers" signalled by the prefix "mae", meaning "mother", and "nam" for water. In the Mekong's case, Mae Nam Khong means Khong, Mother of Water. "Khong" is derived from the Sanskrit "ganga", meaning the Ganges. Many Northern Thai and Laos locals refer to it as the "River Khong". Such is the case with the Mae Nam Ping in Chiang Mai which is known as the "Ping River". The Tonle Sap in Cambodia is a similar example – where Tonle translates as "Great lake or river", making the Tonle Sap River an unnecessary repetition of what is in fact the "Sap River".Mekong Delta Tour one day
Depart for Cai Be. From the bus you will see the green paddy fields stretching towards the horizon. Arriving in Cai Be after approximately 3 hours of driving, you’ll board a motorized boat that takes you to the floating market. Spend 1 hour soaking in this unique market experience.Next,
your row boat will zigzag through a maze of shadow canals to arrive at a great orchard where you can freely taste many famous tropical fruits of Vietnam and watch locals performing their daily chores. Then discover how coconut candy, crispy rice cake and ceramics are made here - treats are served free with premium hot tea.After thi
s, the tour will proceed by bicycles. Explore a village, check out several rural shops or relax on a hammock for a short rest. Stopping by a marketplace, you can walk around to see how and what the rural people of Vietnam sell. You are encouraged to interact with the vendors and see how friendly and respectful they are. You might also buy many interesting things for very little money.
After spending ½ hour at the market, the tour proceeds by bus to Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City, arriving at around 19:00 PM.What's Included:
• Air-conditioned tour bus
• English-speaking tour guide
• Boat trips
• 1 Water bottleWhat's Not Included:
• Drinking, Food, Tips and Personal Expenses
• Drop off at your hotel in Saigon/Ho Chi Minh.Futher information please contact us at:
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