The Mekong is the largest river in Southeast Asia and the 12th largest river in the world. The Mekong is the life blood of Southeast Asia it has nourished civilizations from the past till the present. The mighty Mekong River stretches to 3,000 miles and pulses through Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Burma, China, and Vietnam. The Mekong River Basin’s size matches that of Germany and France combined. The Mekong River has provided sustenance to generations of people across Asia. The earliest settlements along the Mekong date all the way back to 2100 BC, and the first civilization date to the 1st century.