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A River's Tail
Elephants and their Mahouts make their way back to shore after their morning bathing ritual in the Mekong River north of Luang Prubang, Laos.
Image Credit: Gareth Bright

A River's Tail

The Mekong River is one of Asia’s longest rivers, stretching through six countries and supporting an estimated 60 million people. Luc Forsyth and Gareth Bright, a pair of photojournalists based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia are on a journey to follow the Mekong River from sea to source, fully immersing themselves in the adventure of exploring one of the world’s most famous rivers. Over the coming months, The Diplomat will share some of the stories they’ve found along the river.

Writing and color photographs by Luc Forsyth, black and white photographs by Gareth Bright, videography by Pablo Chavanel.

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In Vietnam, a Fisherman's Village With No Fish
December 02, 2015
In Vietnam, a Fisherman's Village With No Fish
In the Mekong Delta's largest city, overfishing has forever altered the livelihoods of a whole community.
In Vietnam, a Fisherman's Village With No Fish
A Poisoned River: The Price of Productivity on the Mekong
November 25, 2015
A Poisoned River: The Price of Productivity on the Mekong
How agrochemicals used in Vietnam's water table impact one family along the river.
A Poisoned River: The Price of Productivity on the Mekong
The Toxicity of Agriculture
November 18, 2015
The Toxicity of Agriculture
In rural Vietnam we discover a disturbing connection between agricultural productivity and Mekong river pollution.
The Toxicity of Agriculture
River Monsters, Reborn
November 12, 2015
River Monsters, Reborn
A look at a ship repair facility in the Mekong delta.
River Monsters, Reborn
Coconuts Reimagined
November 04, 2015
Coconuts Reimagined
Outside Ben Tre, Vietnam we stumble on an inventive way to recycle one of the region's most plentiful exports: coconuts.
Coconuts Reimagined
In the Mekong Delta: Erosion, Pollution, and Millions of Shrimp
October 28, 2015
In the Mekong Delta: Erosion, Pollution, and Millions of Shrimp
On the island of Phu Thanh, shrimp farmers face serious environmental challenges.
In the Mekong Delta: Erosion, Pollution, and Millions of Shrimp
Dominion of the Sea
October 21, 2015
Dominion of the Sea
After reaching the Mekong's terminus, we join a shrimp fishing crew to explore the sea's importance at the river's end.
Dominion of the Sea
A River's Tail Begins: The Mekong Delta
October 14, 2015
A River's Tail Begins: The Mekong Delta
The journey begins where the Mekong ends, in the sprawling delta where Vietnam meets the sea.
A River's Tail Begins: The Mekong Delta
Interview: Chasing A River's Tail
October 07, 2015
Interview: Chasing A River's Tail
Luc Forsyth and Gareth Bright have set out on a journey to follow the Mekong river from sea to source.
Interview: Chasing A River's Tail
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