The Mekong: A River And A Region Transformed
A woman stands in front of a houseboat moored near a floating market in Chau Doc, in southern Vietnam near the border with Cambodia.
The Mekong River is known as the Cuu Long, or Nine Dragons, in Vietnam, where the waterway splits and flows into the South China Sea. In the Mekong Delta, an economic boom has brought abundance for some, poverty for others, and worries about threats to the river.
February 18, 2010 Cambodia is one of the poorest countries in Asia. But it hasn't always been that way, and the Mekong River has been key to its periods of prosperity. Recovering from 20th century atrocities, the country now faces a new danger: Development is putting the river and its fish at risk.
February 17, 2010 On opposite sides of the Mekong River, Laos and Thailand also found themselves in different camps after the communist takeover of Laos in 1975. Legacies of that era still affect the countries today in Southeast Asia's "Golden Triangle," as Thailand thrives and Laos struggles to catch up.
February 16, 2010 As it winds its way to the South China Sea, the Mekong River runs along Myanmar's remote and often troubled Shan state. The repressive military government in Yangon controls parts of the state, while ethnic militias and warlords rule the others.
February 15, 2010 The Mekong River, one of the world's longest waterways, has a long and turbulent history. It begins its 3,000-mile journey high on the Tibetan plateau of China's Qinghai province, where its once-nomadic residents try to preserve their culture and traditions against the challenges of modernity.