A section of the Li Phi waterfalls on the Mekong River at Si Phan Don in southern Laos, near the the border with Cambodia. Dams are interrupting the natural flow of the river. Photo: Shutterstock

The Mekong: the good, bad and ugly sides to the ‘Danube of the East’

  • The world’s 12th longest river flows through China, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, supporting a population of 70 million
  • Drought, rising sea levels and a rush to build dams are threatening the livelihoods of those who rely on the river to survive
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A section of the Li Phi waterfalls on the Mekong River at Si Phan Don in southern Laos, near the the border with Cambodia. Dams are interrupting the natural flow of the river. Photo: Shutterstock
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Tim Pile

Tim Pile

Tim Pile has written more than 300 travel articles for the South China Morning Post. He has been to over 100 countries and has a Master’s degree in Tourism Environment and Development.