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Among 5 countries in Southeast Asia through which Mekong River flows, Laos has the largest area of basin due to the longest section of Mekong River flowing through Laos. Mekong River embraces the whole border line of Laos, making up the natural border between Laos and neighbors of Thailand, Cambodia (235 km) and Myanmar...

Travel Mekong Laos

Among 5 countries in Southeast Asia through which Mekong River flows, Laos has the largest area of basin due to the longest section of Mekong River flowing through Laos. Mekong River embraces the whole border line of Laos, making up the natural border between Laos and neighbors of Thailand, Cambodia (235 km) and Myanmar.

Mekong River flows through along different terrains in Laos. Starting in the northern-most of the country, Mekong River flows along Laos can be divided into two sections: The first flows through high and rugged mountain (Laos highland) and the second flows into plain and plateau in the south (Laos lowland). Thanks to Mekong River and its tributaries (making up one-fifth of the total land area). The first section of Mekong River is quite narrow and fast flowing which only be travelled through by small power boats. The second section of Mekong River in Laos is wider slower- flowing. While in the north, Mekong River and rugged mountain formed amazingly beautiful valleys; in the south, Mekong River and its tributaries have built up the vast plain like Savannakhet and Champasak which are the greatest rice basket of the country.

During the history, Mekong River plays an important role in cultural exchange between Laos and neighbor countries especially Thailand. Instead of being an obstacle, Mekong River facilitates the communication and mutual understanding between Laos and the northeast of Thailand. Nowadays, it is easy to find out this close connection formed through centuries – They share the same language, same costume and similar cultural characteristic. And Laos community itself has built up a distinguished cultural identity.

It can be said that no community living along Mekong River in Southeast Asia is as diverse as in Laos. There are numerous hill tribes living in jungle along Mekong River and a great community of Lao Loum, Lao Theung and Lao Soung. Each ethnic in Laos has their characterized custom, belief and lifestyle.

Like the neighbor country of Cambodia, for Cambodia, Mekong River plays the vital role. The first and the most importance of Mekong River in Laos is transportation. The main means of transport in Laos is using boat to travel along the river. Moreover, Mekong River provides abundant source of water and marine. Thanks to vast plain enriched by sediment of Mekong River, Laotians cultivate wet rice and develop agriculture.

Overall, Mekong River with beautiful landscapes and unique culture of people living along the riverside in Laos will be an interesting part of the whole story for about the legend of Mekong River.

 

Mekong Laos Travel Guide

Mekong Laos Destinations

  • Known also as Si Phan Don, the Four thousand Islands is a beautiful riverine archipelago situated...

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  • Alms Giving Ceremony which takes place daily in Luang Prabang is one of the most sacred Lao...

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  • Situated in an ancient volcano that erupted millions of years ago, spreading across the northeast...

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  • Located in the southernmost of Laotian territory, the island Don Khone is one of the largest...

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  • Located in the Mekong River, Khong District, Champasak Province, southern Laos, Khong Island, or...

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  • Ho Pha Keo, or Vat Pha Keo, with the name means 'Altar of the Emerald Buddha', is one of...

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  • The Khone Phapheng Falls, or the Khone Falls, are the widest and largest waterfalls on the planet,...

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  • Kuang Si Falls, or known as Tat Kuang Si Waterfalls, is a majestic multi-tier waterfall lying 29km...

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  • Situated between the northern portions of Don Sanlat and Don Khon, off the western tip of Si Phan...

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  • Located on a peninsula formed by the scenic Mekong and the Nam Khan Rivers and lying among lush...

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  • Located to the southeast of Phonsavan, Muang Khoun is the old Xieng Khuang and was once the...

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  • Lying at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Ou rivers, 25km to the north of Luang Prabang, the...

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  • Located at the confluence of the Don and the Mekong Rivers, Pakse is the capital and most populous...

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  • Situated at the end of Lang Xang Avenue in the heart of Vientian, Patuxai is Vientiane’s most...

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  • Located on a hill about three miles northeast of the centre of Vientiane, Pha That Luang (The Great...

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  • Lying in the heart of Luang Prabang and borders on the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers, Phousi Mount...

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  • Situated in the large area around Phonsavan, the capital of Xieng Khuang, the Plain of Jars is one...

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  • Situated in a spacious, well-tended garden in the centre of town on the main boulevard...

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  • Located about 20km to the southeast of Luang Prabang Province, Tad Sea waterfall is a magnificent...

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  • Located southwest of Vang Vieng in Laos, Tham Jang (or Tham Chang) is Vang Vieng’s most famous of...

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  • Located in a scenic karst area to the northeast of Thakaek, Tham Xang (or Elephant Cave) is one of...

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  • Located in Vientiane Province, about 150km from the north of the capital, Vang Vieng is a peaceful...

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  • Located on the banks of Mekong River near the border with Thailand, Vientiane is the capital and...

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  • Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham or simply Wat Mai or Wat May is one of the largest, most picturesque and...

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  • Wat Phou, or Wat Phu or Vat Phou, is a ruined Khmer temple complex as well as one of the two UNESCO...

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  • Located to the northwest of Haw Phra Kaew near the Presidental Palace, Wat Sisaket is considered as...

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  • Wat Xieng Thong, or the Golden City or 'Golden Tree Monastery', has been considered as the most...

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  • Situated in the Xieng Khuang Plateau, northeast of the Vientiane capital, Xieng Khuang province...

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