Travellers looking for a trip filled with rich biodiversity and different cultures should look no further than Asia, and in particular the Mekong region.
The Mekong River, which stretches from southern China, along the borders of Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, to the delta in Vietnam, is home to a number of species as well 300 million people.
Those thinking of taking a trip to the area may be keen to learn that scientists found 126 new species in 2011 - including five types of mammals.
The Mekong region is still undergoing its golden age of discovery, and last month 10 types of freshwater worms were discovered in Thailand - an exciting find for travellers with a passion for wildlife and the outdoors.
The river itself supports the largest freshwater fishery in the world. In the past, communities that lived in the region were in conflict over such a rich biodiversity and trade. Such conflicts have left their mark, allowing travellers with a love of history to learn more about the region, its cultures, and its past.
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