Thursday 29 April 2010

Mae Khong River, Thailand

Sam Pan Bok reef in the Mae Khong River, Ubon Ratchathani
Sam Pan Bok, also spelt Samphan-bok, is a large reef in the middle of the Mae Khong (or Mekong) river. The name means "three thousand holes" and comes from the numerous holes that have formed in the rocky reef by the force of the water.  The scene looks at its best in late winter or summer when water levels have dropped.  It is considered amazing natural statuary.

The river source is in Tibet and from there it goes through China, Laos, and then forms a border between Laos and Thailand.

The card was sent to me from Thailand in March of this year.

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  1. The Mekong is extremely low at the moment and has featured on Thai TV a lot, although I haven't seen this feature.

    The very low water level is blamed on drought and the Chinese dams upstream.

  2. There seems to be a very uneven distribution of rainfall these days. You'd be welcome to some of ours. Interesting though, about the dams. I read recently that conflicts over water supplies are likely to increase.


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