Travel Tips : Traveling Beyond the Highlights while Following the mighty Mekong River


Traveling Beyond the Highlights "Follow the mighty Mekong River"

The mighty Mekong River is 4350 km long and originates at the Tibetan Plateau and enters Thailand for a second time about 21 km west of Chiang Khan and that is where this journey along the Mekong River begins. From here the river is for 850 km the border between Thailand and Laos. As the Mekong Rivers passes 6 countries it has also different names, in Thailand it is actually called Mae Nam Khong and the first 2 words can be translated as Mother River. In the ancient days the river was a way of transport as it still partly is. It always was and still is a main supply of water for the Greater Mekong Sub-region, a biodiversity hotspot in Asia and an economic area bound together by the river. The Mekong is like the sea, it gives and takes.

This journey along the Mekong River in the North-East of Thailand (Isaan) passes small villages, stunning views, Indo-China Markets, temples and a touch of modern life in Thailand. The other side of the Mekong in Laos is an all other way of life, like traveling back in time. To do the full 850 km along the Mekong River and make visits along the way it would take about 7 Days. But you could make a short-cut and making it 5 days. Would you like to make a trip like this? Then contact me at The Little Elephant in Thailand for more information. 

Visiting a meditation temple on a mountain

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