Exhibition tracks journey along Mekong River

A unique collection of photographs portraying the natural beauty of the Mekong River will be displayed at CentralPlaza Chiang Rai from tomorrow until Sept 4.

Organised by the Alliance Francaise Chiang Rai, the "Mysterious Mekong: A Journey Through The Heart of Indochina" exhibition forms part of a bid by Chiang Rai-based German photographer Reinhard Hohler to protect Southeast Asia's longest river, which faces an increasing number of threats by the proposed building of dams and industrial developments.

His 72 photos offer viewers an in-depth perspective on the different geographical, historical and economic aspects of the Mekong River.

The exhibition highlights the landscapes and scenery seen during his expedition in November 2002, which started in Xishuangbanna and Yunnan in China, before passing through Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and ending in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

The photos document the journey Reinhard and his travelling companions made to the gravesite of the famous French explorer Henri Mouhot in Luang Prabang, the transfer of the group's hovercraft around the scenic Khone Falls on the Laos-Cambodia border, as well as a trip to the ruins of Angkor in Cambodia and Oc Eo in Vietnam.

Email chiangrai@alliance-francaise.or.th.

Above and top: photos by Reinhard Hohler.