Monday 28 April 2014

Philip Game cruises the Mekong on an unusual vessel


MV 'Mekong Islands' (P Game)
One of the world’s great rivers is often overlooked. Rapids and waterfalls – accidents of geography – render the mighty Mekong largely useless as an artery of trade and commerce, thwarting the heroic efforts of French colonists and empire-builders in the late 19th century.

The Mekong delineates the border between Thailand and Laos for much of its length before crossing Cambodia, then fans out across southern Vietnam before flowing into the South China Sea. Alongside its banks this great artery sustains perhaps 60 million people, drawn from more than one hundred ethnic groups, including most Lao.

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