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: ShutterstockA 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
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

Topic |   Travel pros and cons
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: ShutterstockA 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
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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