Along Western Bank Of The Mekong

Striking Natural Sceneries, Serene Buddhist Retreats, And Heritage Of The Naga

The "Mekong" is a trans-boundary river in Southeast Asia. It runs from the Tibetan Plateau through China's Yunnan Province, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam where it drains into the South China Sea in the southernmost part of that country. The river is known as "Lancang" in China.
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The Mekong meets Thailand at The Golden Triangle (the convergent point of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos) in Chiangrai Province. From there, much of the river flows southward and serves as national borderline separating Thailand and Laos. It leaves Thailand at Kong Jiem in Ubon Ratchathani Province, and run onward into Laos for about 160 kilometres before entering into Cambodia.

Along the western bank of the Mekong in Thailand is an excellent area for taking a road trip. The road network is extensive and well maintained which makes the journey safe and pleasant. The are many intriguing destinations in this area consisting of impressive natural sceneries, serene Buddhist retreats, local heritage sites relating to the worship of the Naga (Hindu legendary water serpents with magical powers), and even the former refuge of Ho Chi Minh near the city of Nakhon Phanom.