The Mekong River flows through six countries: Cambodia, China, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. The river is 3,050 miles long and contains a diverse amount of natural resources because it flows along various climatic zones.
The Mekong River serves as a water source for the surrounding forests and wetlands. The river contains many minerals, including gold, copper, lead, zinc, phosphate, potash, oil and gas.
The Mekong River is the 12th-longest river in the world and the seventh-longest river in Asia. The river is a vital trade route between China and Southeast Asia. It is a difficult river to navigate due to its extreme currents and waterfalls.