The Mekong River flows through China, Myanmar (formerly Burma), Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.
So it is a vital part of life for millions of people in these countries who operate their own businesses.
Fishing is a family business along the Mekong. Families work together in their small boats using nets to catch fish for the market. Fishing is one of the most important, sustainable industries for people along the river.
Farming is another industry along the Mekong that provides water for irrigation that is crucial for this industry.
As you travel along the Mekong you will come across markets that are operated from boats on the water. The farmers supply fruit and vegetables and, of course, the fisherman sell their fish as villagers come to purchase their daily needs. A Mekong market is an experience that many tourists have come to enjoy.
As you travel from Vietnam into Cambodia you come to the town of Kampong Cham. As well as having the region’s temple, Kampong Cham is known for its pottery.
Phnom Penh is the capital of Cambodia and is a bustling city with all types of businesses you would generally find in a major city. Tourism is a major industry all along the Mekong, but particularly in Phnom Penh with the history of the Pol Pot regime a major attraction.
Continuing up the river from Pnom Penh you will arrive at the Tonle Sap Lake which is one of the largest lakes in South East Asia. You will find restaurants and schools as well as a hospital on the lake.
You will eventually arrive at Siem Reap, well known for the Angkor Temples. Tourism is a major industry of Siem Reap with its associated hotels, restaurants, shopping, taxis and even golf courses.
So business on the Mekong is quite varied depending on the size of the towns and cities and the resourcefulness of the people.
If you would like to see some images of the Mekong’s beautiful people and vista, go to http://www.insiderjourneys.com.au/blog/images-life-on-the-mekong-river