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Meaning of the Mekong River's name

Rooting from the mighty Himalayan mountain range of Tibet, Mekong has its stream flowing flushingly down the flank and out running through the deep ravines. The Mekong River is known as one of the most famous and long-lasting rivers in the world in general and in Asia in particular.

Many civilizations started their dawn here – right where the river’s flow runs over, travelling over 4.880 kilometers through 6 countries including China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Especially, the Mekong runs 1898 kilometers through Laos, in which 919 kilometers has border with Thailand, making up a very important role to these countries.

Apart from building up fertile alluvium fields, huge supply of maritime products and hydroelectricity, the Mekong River is also a main transport route like a lifeline connecting wealthy cultural and economic centers of countries throughout.

The river is such an important factor to raise millions of people’s life, also a home to thousands of species of fish. And because of its undeniable role, years ago, people named it “the Mekong River”, inspiring from “Mae Nam Khong” of Thailand and Laos languages in which “mae” means “mother”, “nam” means “water” and “khong” means “the Ganges”.

In fact, there are many different names for this gorgeous river, depending on the land it goes through, such as it is Mékôngk in Cambodia, Mènam Khong in Laos, Mae Nam Khong in Thailand, Cửu Long in Vietnam, (Pinyin) Lancang Jiang or (Wade-Giles) Lan-ts’ang Chiang in China, etc. One river, yet many names. And no matter what it is called, these names seem to be the easiest way to express how amazing and wonderful the river is.

Take time and enjoy all the legend you are told by friendly local people about the Mekong as you are on the way to discover this joyful land.

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