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Mekong River Festival Set for March

Mekong River Festival Set for March

PHNOM PENH (Khmer Times) – Kratie is gearing up to host the first-ever Mekong River Festival, scheduled to run Mar. 13-15 next year.

The National Olympic Committee of Cambodia, in coordination with several ministries and government agencies, will organise the Kingdom’s first Mekong River Festival from March 13 to 15 next year in Kratie provincial town, located on the east bank of Asia’s seventh longest river. Travel to Cambodia

Covering an estimated distance of 4,350km and originating in the Tibetan Plateau, the Mekong flows through China’s Yunnan province, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia, eventually merging into the sea in Vietnam.

“This trans-boundary river is a sustainable lifeline for thousands in Cambodia and the three-day festival is to raise awareness among the people to keep it pollution free and more importantly protect the Irrawaddy dolphin population which has made the province its home,” said NOCC secretary general Vath Chamroeun. “Cambodia as a member of the Mekong River Commission plays an important role in this co-operative network and this is a celebratory event just like our Sea Festival. Mekong river cruise

The three-day festival will also seek to draw attention to the plight of the endangered Irrawaddy Dolphin.

Traditional boat racing is set to be the star attraction of the festival, although attendees can also expect to see volleyball and wrestling.

The festival aspires to mimic the success of a similar event in Laos held every October, when the Lao capital Vientiane plays host to boat races on the Mekong.

Rising in Tibet, the Mekong is the most important river in the region, flowing through Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, before emptying into the South China Sea.

In 1995, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam established the Mekong River Commission to assist in the management and coordinated use of the Mekong’s resources. The following year, China and Myanmar, then known as Burma, became dialogue partners of the MRC and the six countries now work together within this joint framework.

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