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The Mekong River with Sue Perkins

The Mekong River is a four-part documentary series hosted by Sue Perkins, taking us on a life-changing, 3,000-mile journey up the Mekong from the Mekong Delta in Vietnam to the Tibetan Plateau in China. The Mekong is South East Asia's greatest river, the Mother of Water that brings life to millions of people from the paddy fields of Vietnam to the mountains of the Tibetan Plateau. In this series, Sue Perkins goes on an extraordinary journey, spanning nearly 3,000 miles, to explore lives and landscapes on the point of enormous change. Across four episodes, she travels upstream through Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and China, towards the Mekong's source high in the Himalayan glacier.

Episode 1 - From the Mekong Delta in Vietnam to Tonle Sap Lake in Cambodia
Sue's epic journey begins in Vietnam, on the vast Mekong Delta, where she joins Si Hei, the queen of the noodle.

Episode 2 - In Cambodia
In Cambodia, having learnt how people are struggling to recover from the legacy of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge, animal lover Sue is confronted by the complex world of wildlife trafficking.

Episode 3 - Laos
Sue reaches Laos, one of the poorest and least developed of all the Mekong nations. It's a country shaped by both Buddhism and Communism and has hardly changed for centuries.

Episode 4 - Up to the Tibetan Plateau
Sue reaches her final destination - China, home to the source of the Mekong. Here, change is sweeping through faster than any other Mekong nation, as China's economic miracle transforms even the remotest regions.


Related Links
Mekong - wikipedia
The Mekong is a trans-boundary river in Southeast Asia. It is the world's 12th-longest river and the 7th-longest in Asia. Its estimated length is 4,350 km (2,703 mi).
Mekong, The River of Nine Dragons
Laos, Cambodia and southern Vietnam are the site where develops this episode, which aims to show the reality of these three countries and how the Mekong River is central to the life of its people.
Rivers of the World - Mekong
The Mekong is one of the world's last great mother rivers. Emerging from the Himalayas, it zigzags across China and Southern Asia, passing through the immense lake of Tonle Sap in Cambodia.
Human Planet - Rivers
This episode shows the challenges and unpredictable situations faced by people living close to rivers, including traversing the Mekong's cataracts during the monsoon, a winter trek to school along the frozen Zanskar River, and fishing on the edge of Victoria Falls.