North Thailand

Mekong River

The Mekong River is one of the world’s great rivers. Covering a distance of nearly 5,000 km from its source on the Tibetan Plateau in China to the Mekong Delta, the river flows through six countries: China, Myanmar, Thailand, Lao PDR, Cambodia and Viet Nam

The Mekong River Basin is home to more species of massive fish than any river on Earth. It is also the most productive fishery in the world, generating $1.7 billion each year in revenue from the thousands of fish farms along its banks. Fish from the Mekong is the primary source of protein for the 73 million people that live along the river.

The Mekong Catfish is known to reach weight’s of over 600LB, and numerous specimens have been caught larger than this. The Giant Siamese Carp can reach weights approaching 300LB, although it has been rumoured that one of 400LB plus was captured by local fishermen some years back. In addition to Thailand’s native fish species, there have been many introduced species, especially from the Amazon region. Although most introduced species still reside purely in commercial waters, in 2009 a 100kg Arapaima was captured from a tributary of the Mekong River. It’s not known if this was a solitary fish or a member of a local population.

Leks Fishing Park

Udan Thani: North Thailand. Leks has 75+ Stocked Thai Freshwater Fish Species Worth looking at and includes accommodation