Rivers / Mekong

The Mekong river

location of the Mekong river on the world map
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The Mekong is the located in East and Southeast Asia. It flows from the Tibetan Plateau through China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Its total length is estimated to 4,350 km (2,700 mi), which make it the third longest river of Asia.

The extreme seasonal variations in flow and the presence of rapids and waterfalls make its navigation difficult, but even so it is a major trade route between western China and southeast Asia.

Mekong River map

Mekong river map
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Key features

CountriesChina, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam
CitiesCan Tho, Phnom Penh, Vientiane, Baoshan
Physical characteristics
Lasaigongma Spring
LocationMt. Guozongmucha (China)
Elevation5,224 m
(17,139 ft)
LocationMekong Delta
ElevationSea level
Length4,350 km
(2,700 mi)
Basin size795,000 km²
(307,000 sq mi)
LocationSouth China Sea
Average16,000 m³/s
(570,000 cu ft/s)
Minimum1,400 m3/s
(49,000 cu ft/s)
Maximum39,000 m3/s
(1,400,000 cu ft/s)