Inle Lake, northern Burma, along the path of the Mekong (goldenexpresstours.com)
(Michael Sullivan, All Things Considered, Feb. 16, 2010) The Mekong River, one of the world's longest waterways, has a long and turbulent history. From its source in China's central highlands, it passes through six countries as it makes its way to the South China Sea — a journey of nearly 3,000 miles. In a five-part series, NPR's Southeast Asia correspondent Michael Sullivan journeys the length of the river and tells the story of the people who live along its banks. In Part 2, he reports from east-central Burma's Shan state, which borders the Mekong. It's a remote area that, like the river itself, has an often troubling past, in a country where reporters aren't welcome. See photos.