Thailand is not only a great travel destination in itself; its location at the junction between the Mekong River region and other Southeast Asian Countries also makes it a natural gateway to the entire region. Its well-developed network of air, land, and water transport also ensures that you can fit more into your schedule using the country as a jump-off base.
Southern Chiana's Yunnan Province, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam as well as northern and northeastern Thailand all share to a greater or lesser extent the passage of the Mekong, Southeast Asia's longest river. Each of these six Mekong countries has its own unique attractions. Ancient monuments and old royal capitals bear witness to an industrious past, while lifestyles present fascinating and contrasting images. Natural sights also abound, from mountain gorges to primaeval rain forests, from wooden valleys to vast flood plains. The Mekong has been little explored or exploited, so all remains as pristine as can be found anywhere in the world today.