Anthropocene ↯ Mekong

Since millions of years the Mekong river flows from the Tibetan highlands through Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam until it reaches the South China Sea, after a distance of 4.500 kilometers. The Mekong is the lifeline of Southeastasia, providing fertile ground and a living space for countless living organisms – us humans being one of them. Did you know that more than 20% of all freshwater fishes come from the powerful stream? Moreover the fruitful soil of the Mekong Delta provides ground for the amount of rice that feeds 25 million people. But how long can this extensive use go on?

We first saw the gigantic stream with our own eyes in the Mekong Delta in South Vietnam. Check out our gallery to get an insight into the life on and with the Mekong. We’ve captured the swimming markets in Cần Thơ as well as our broder crossing experience on the Mekong from Châu Đốc to Cambodia. Also: loads of trash amassing wherever the flow of the river is heading towards.

*a big thank you to our wonderful travel companion Luise who shot many of the photos above ♥