Navigating through the Mekong river

28 October, 2014 0 Comments

Mekong river

Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam share History, memories of war and french colonial influences, but it is the Mekong river that links these countries geographically. The Mekong River runs along a portion of the border between Laos and Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, and Thailand, and then by Cambodia and Vietnam to lead in the South China sea.

In ancient times, the Mekong River was the main artery of the Angkor Empire and in its travel  the most important cities emerged and flourished. Today we can still visit Khmer temples and villages that ended up being forgotten.

If you want to see the Mekong river you can navigate in the Vat Phou, a barge that has been recently renovated and has twelve cabins. This boat makes a cruiser of three days and two nights by the Mekong River, which include excursions and full board. It is a fascinating journey along the stretch of the river that runs through Laos.

The excursions in this area are fascinating. Thanks to these tours you can visit the most important places in Laos, in particular the temple of Wat Phou, which consists of a succession of small churches built between the VI and XIV centuries. The climb up to the ruins of one of the temples, a temple that was built in the XI century dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva, is spectacular.

Wat Phou

On the other hand, you will find a privileged vantage point from the majestic Linga Parvata mountain to contemplate the wonderful landscape, which can be seen Vietnam and Cambodia if the sky is clear … It is idyllic contemplate the silhouette of the Mekong river and its tiny fishing boats winding through the fertile lowlands dotted with small villages.

Downstream is the temple known as Oum Moung, a Khmer temple more simple that it was probably used as a stop for pilgrims on their way to the Vat Phou. Oum Moung is today in a decrepit state but it is well worth a visit. What is most interesting is that there is to walk through the jungle to get there. The path begins in a settlement on the banks of the river in that life seems to have stopped in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, time in which it is believed that the temple was built.

After visiting Oum Moung you will find with the roaring Pha Pheng waterfalls, the largest in the southeast Asia and a succession of small islands, almost four thousand, poking out of the lower part of the Mekong river, near the border with Cambodia.

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