Big bend in the Mekong River

The Mekong is a transboundary river that originates in the Tibetan Plateau and runs through multiple Asian countries, including China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. At 2,703 miles long, it is the seventh-longest river in Asia and twelfth-longest river in the world.

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Michael Yamashita

Michael Yamashita is an award-winning photographer who has been shooting for National Geographic magazine for more than 30 years. He specialized in Asia after spending seven years in the region following his graduation from Wesleyan University.