CHIANG RAI – A unique collection of photographs portraying the natural beauty of the Mekong River will be displayed at Central Plaza Chiang Rai until Sept 4.
Organized 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.
Hohler, 63, is an experienced tour director and media travel consultant specializing in the Greater Mekong Sub-region. He was born in Karlsruhe/Germany, a port on Europe’s Rhine River. After studying geology in his hometown and ethnology, geography and political science at Heidelberg University, Reinhard Hohler moved to Thailand and has lived in Chiang Mai since 1987.
Venue: Central Plaza in Chiang Rai, Northern Thailand – For further information, please contact Mr. Guy Heidelberger by e-mail: [email protected]