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Laos: Laos Mekong River

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Laos Mekong River | Laos | Asia

[Visited: December 2000, January 2001]

For Laos, and other countries in this region, the Mekong river is like an important artery, and means life in the jungle. It means transportation, it means water for drinking, washing, and irrigation. It means a disposal bin, playground for children, agriculture, and food. It also provides for a magnificent view of the countryside.

Picture of Laos Mekong River (Laos): Boats on Mekong River

The Laotians are very intelligent in their use of the river. We were there during the dry season, and the river banks of the Mekong, just revealed by the lowering levels of the waters, had been turned into apparently fertile pieces of agricultural terraces. The lowerr on the banks you looked, the younger the vegetation was. On the lowest slopes, you could sometimes only see the holes of planted seeds. These terraces only last for a few months though, come the rainy season and they will be wiped out by the rising Mekong. That's why people were frantically working the lands, carrying water up from the river to irrigate their newly planted vegetables and fruits.

Picture of Laos Mekong River (Laos): Sunset on Mekong River

The river not only provides for a natural washing opportunity, in effect being one big bathroom, but to our amazement we saw that people also used it as drinking water. And for sure, we must have consumed some of its grey waters unwantingly in one soup or another. Perhaps better not to know....

Picture of Laos Mekong River (Laos): Mekong river boat
Picture of Laos Mekong River (Laos): Sunset in Vientiane
Picture of Laos Mekong River (Laos): Boats on Mekong River
Picture of Laos Mekong River (Laos): Agriculture on banks of Mekong River
Picture of Laos Mekong River (Laos): Boat on Mekong River
Picture of Laos Mekong River (Laos): Agriculture on banks of Mekong River
Picture of Laos Mekong River (Laos): Mekong River
Picture of Laos Mekong River (Laos): Mating frogs on Mekong River bank

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