Mekong River: A Gem in Laos

Considered by many to be the best in the world, the Mekong River is a valued source of life, beginning in the Tibetan Plateau and flowing south through Southern China, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam. The river empties into the South China Sea in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) in Vietnam and is continuing to grow in size.

With over 70 million people living on both sides of the river, it is also considered to be one of the most important and adventurous rivers in the world. Second only to the Amazon River, the Mekong River boasts some of highest biodiversity in the world. This includes thousands of unique plant and animal species that can be seen in the region, with many new species discovered on a near-weekly basis.

Lao Mekong River

Mekong River in Laos

In Laos, the highly revered Mekong is known as the “Mother of the Waters” and serves many beautiful purposes. In addition to uniting coastal communities throughout the country, it serves as a valued trading route, a source of sustenance, and an exciting opportunity for adventurous river travelers hungry to see the life source of the country.

Speed boat on the Mekong River

As the Mekong also contains the highest population of river fish, fishermen in the area also catch a variety of sea life for eating, selling, soaking, and drying for long-term meals. This includes catfish, giant catfish, small fish, shrimp and crab.

Due to seasonal variations, the Mekong River is most popular to visit during the dry season, from November-May, when boats are able to utilize the calmer tides to navigate down the river. January to May is a particular exciting time as many utilize the lower river tides to pan for gold. It may be considered the Mother of the Waters first, but the Mekong beach also enjoys the casual title of the Land of Jewelry, with sometimes up to 50-70 people searching for the valued metal daily during the dry season even though the rewards are typically small. There are also opportunities to see exquisite rock formations that are typically underwater during the rainy season.

Tribe on the way

While boat rides are sparser during the rainy season, from June-October, there are still exciting opportunities to experience down the Mekong, such as viewing the beautiful nature that surrounds the area, colorful sunsets, and quiet villages that dot the shore.

Overall, the Mekong River remains one of the most unforgettable rivers in the world, with nature and beauty to be marveled on both sides of its famous coasts year-round.

The more beautiful river and nature both side of the Mekong River.