Day 11 of riding Chiang Khan to Ban Muang 90 Kms of riding
The best leg of riding to date. Easy going over small rolling hills following the Mekong to Ban Mueang 116 km short of the finish in Nong Khai. A favorite riding route for local cyclists in the region.
90 km to our Mekong River View homestay for Lunch and Dinner and overnight stay.
A great view of the Mighty Mekong River for most of the journey which was great on the short stops being able to look at it in all its glory.
The Mekong is a trans-boundary river in Southeast Asia. It is the world's 12th-longest river and the 7th-longest in Asia. Its estimated length is 4,350 km (2,703 mi), and it drains an area of 795,000 km2 (307,000 sq mi), discharging 475 km3 (114 cu mi) of water annually.
From the Tibetan Plateau the river runs through China's Yunnan Province, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. In 1995, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam established the Mekong River Commission (MRC) to assist in the management and coordinated use of the Mekong's resources. In 1996 China and Myanmar became "dialogue partners" of the MRC and the six countries now work together within a cooperative framework.
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.
Truck Sams and crew on The Long Ride Home following the Mighty Mekong River around the border of Laos and Thailand