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Mekong River, Thailand

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Sail down Mekong River to observe a hilly terrain of evergreen rainforest trees, open grasslands and savannas, marshlands, and upland plateaus. One of the longest rivers in the world, this "Mother of Water" runs through six countries, including China, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, and Thailand. Stroll down the narrow streets of fishing villages on the riverbanks and buy fresh fish, silk, or glazed coconut. Visit one of the caves near the river and see many statues of Buddha. Popular stops along the river include the towns Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, the gateway to Ankor Wat. See Mekong River and all Bangkok has to offer by arranging your trip with our Bangkok road trip planning site .
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  • From Chiang Mai you can cross the Mekong River. The river is big: by boat you can arrive in Laos, where there is a market with stalls under cover for shopping. You must leave your Passport in Thailand and then take it back at the end of the boat ride.
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  • The Mekong is one of the world's great rivers, rising in the Himalayas, running through China, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam before emptying into the South China Sea. We drove to Chiang Sean o...  more »
  • Thailand, Burma and Laos are countries located close by and the majestic Mekong River running through them sinuously. It was amazing to enter Laos and pause to visit a market. Certainly an experience to try!
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As a commercial, cultural, and tourist center, Bangkok offers a great diversity of accommodations. For long established and chain hotels, try Sukhumvit Road and the areas surrounding the central Siam Square, where budget and luxury rooms are available in abundance. If you are looking for the backpacker zone, head to Khaosan Road, where you'll find a wealth of inexpensive, simple accommodations surrounded by businesses tailored to traveler's needs. Consider staying at a guesthouse to gain a deeper understanding of Thai life.
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