Meet the Mekong and Beyond

The Mekong is a trans-boundary river in Southeast Asia, stretching 4,350 kilometres along China’s Yunnan province, Burma, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. For the people living alongside it, it’s also their lifeblood: a source of food, water, transportation, hydroelectricity, and more. So you might say that it’s an important river indeed!

This video by Jessica Barclay Lawton showcases her journey across Cambodia and Vietnam, including Hanoi, Sapa, Battambang, Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville, and Mekong Island. The shots are simple, but that’s what we love the most about it all: Lawton captures the people of the Mekong in a very casual, beautiful way. No frills or thrills, just simplicity. She’s an experienced director and producer, so she really knows how to handle that camera.

If you’re setting out on your own journey through Southeast Asia, we at GuideAdvisor highly recommend Vietnam and Cambodia. In fact, guides worldwide will tell you that Hanoi is one of the greatest cities on the continent: it’s affordable, beautiful, and friendly. From there it’s possible to embark on your very own Vietnam boat tour along the Mekong, as well as Halong Bay, one of the most beautiful places in all of Asia. There are many islands worth exploring, as well as a bat cave area, and the largest floating fishing village in the bay.

Cambodia is also well worth the visit. Despite just being on the other side of the river, it’s a whole different world over there. It was also once the home of the mighty Khmer Empire that ruled much of Southeast Asia. Destinations like Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, and Angkor Wat are popular for good reasons, so make sure you hit them all up on your tour!

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