The Mekong or Mekong River is a trans-boundary river in East Asia and Southeast Asia. It is the world's twelfth longest river and the sixth longest in Asia.[1] Its estimated length is 4,909 km (3,050 mi),[1] and it drains an area of 795,000 km2 (307,000 sq mi), discharging 475 km3 (114 cu mi) of water annually.[2] From the Tibetan Plateau the river runs through China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. The extreme seasonal variations in flow and the presence of rapids and waterfalls in the Mekong make navigation difficult. Even so, the river is a major trade route between western China and Southeast Asia.

Mekong River
湄公河 (Méigōnghé)
မဲခေါင်မြစ် (Megaung Myit)
ແມ່ນ້ຳຂອງ (Maenam Khong)
แม่น้ำโขง (Maenam Khong)
ទន្លេមេគង្គ (Tônlé Mékôngk)
Sông Mê Kông / Sông Cửu Long (九龍)
Mekong River, Luang Prabang, Laos
Mekong River watershed
CountryChina, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam
Physical characteristics
SourceLasaigongma (拉赛贡玛) Spring
  locationMt. Guozongmucha (果宗木查), Zadoi, Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai, China
  coordinates33°42.5′N 94°41.7′E
  elevation5,224 m (17,139 ft)
MouthMekong Delta
10.189°N 106.749°E / 10.189; 106.749, 10.261291334222218°N 106.75297696603432°E / 10.261291334222218; 106.75297696603432
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Length4,350 km (2,700 mi)
Basin size795,000 km2 (307,000 sq mi)
  locationMekong Delta, South China Sea
  average16,000 m3/s (570,000 cu ft/s)
  minimum1,400 m3/s (49,000 cu ft/s)
  maximum39,000 m3/s (1,400,000 cu ft/s)
Basin features
  leftSrepok, Nam Khan, Tha, Nam Ou
  rightMun, Tonlé Sap, Kok, Ruak

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