It is indeed a mysterious body of water. Flowing through six countries in Asia. Giving love and life to millions. Welcome to the Mekong.
Millions of Asians – from China, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand – pay tribute to this mighty river which guards their living. The world’s 10th longest river, it runs an estimated length of 4,909 km and drains an area of 795,000 km2, discharging 475 km3 of water annually. The earliest known settlement dates back to 2100 BC. Today, the Mekong basin is one of the world’s richest areas of biodiversity. Home to more than 20,000 plant species, 400 mammals, 1,200 birds, 800 reptiles and amphibians and an estimated 850 kinds of fish. Not speaking about its amazing people along this waterway.
No description of the Mekong is complete without a special mention of the Tonle River which converges with the Mekong in Phnom Penh. The Tonle undergoes a unique natural phenomenon – it reverses its flow during the year. The reversal of the Tonle flow acts as a safety valve to prevent flooding further downstream. During the dry season (December to April) the Tonle Lake provides around 50% of the flow to the Mekong Delta in Vietnam. During the rainy season, the Mekong becomes a swelling depository and can increase its height by 10 meters. As it reaches Cambodia’s capital city, the volume of water is so immense, it forces the Tonle River to reverse its flow, allowing for balance to triumph.
That is the reason why our brother ship The Jahan and the Jayavarman have to arrange their cruise schedule due to Mother Nature – High and Low water level of the Tonle Lake. This year it will happen early November and we announce here with our low water program season:
- The Jahan will have its last high water cruise from Siem Reap to Saigon on the 12th NOV 2016
- Jayavarman will have its first low water cruise from Saigon to Siem Reap on the 12th NOV 2016
A journey on the Mekong is an exceptional voyage. Come cruising with us.