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Mekong River



Source: TH

 Context: Laos, known for its natural beauty and historic sites, faces a new threat from a multibillion-dollar dam project on the Mekong River, with concerns that it could jeopardize the UNESCO status of the iconic city of Luang Prabang.


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The Mekong River is a significant transboundary river in East and Southeast Asia, ranked as the world’s twelfth-longest and Asia’s third-longest. Originating from the Tibetan Plateau, it flows through Southwest China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and southern Vietnam. Despite being a crucial trade route between Tibet and Southeast Asia, its extreme seasonal fluctuations and natural obstacles like rapids and waterfalls pose challenges to navigation.