Kok River

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Coordinates: 20°14′39″N 100°8′19″E / 20.24417°N 100.13861°E / 20.24417; 100.13861
Kok River (แม่น้ำกก)
River
Kok River in Amphoe Mae Ai.jpg
The Kok River in Amphoe Mae Ai, Chiang Mai Province
Countries Burma, Thailand
States Shan State, Chiang Rai Province
Districts Mae Ai, Mueang Chiang Rai, Mae Chan, Wiang Chai, Chiang Saen
Tributaries
 - right Fang, Lao River
City Chiang Rai city
Source
 - location Daen Lao Range, Shan State, Burma
Mouth Mekong River
 - location Sop Kok, Wiang Chai, Chiang Rai Province
 - elevation 358 m (1,175 ft)
 - coordinates 20°14′39″N 100°8′19″E / 20.24417°N 100.13861°E / 20.24417; 100.13861
Length 285 km (177 mi)
Basin 10,875 km2 (4,199 sq mi)
Discharge for Chiang Rai city
 - average 120 m3/s (4,238 cu ft/s)
 - max 848 m3/s (29,947 cu ft/s)
 - min 5 m3/s (177 cu ft/s)
Not to be confused with Cock River.
Map of the Thai highlands

The Kok River (Thai: แม่น้ำกก, RTGS: Maenam Kok, Thai pronunciation: [mɛ̂ːnáːm kòk]) flows in Southeast Asia.

Course[edit]

The river originates in the Daen Lao Range, Shan State, Burma. It flows eastwards across the Burma-Thailand border, coming in at the Thai border town of Taton (most often spelled Thathon). It flows to Mae Ai district, Chiang Mai Province. Most of its length in Thailand is in Chiang Rai Province where it passes Mueang Chiang Rai District after which it bends northeastwards and flows through Mae Chan, Wiang Chai and Chiang Saen districts.

It is a wide, shallow, and slow-moving river. There is about 600 meters of small-scale white water halfway between the towns of Taton and Chiang Rai. Alongside the Mae Kok river, an hour's boat ride upstream from Chiang Rai town, is an touristy 'elephant camp' on its north shore.

For several kilometres downriver from Chiang Rai, the river becomes a lake, until it reaches the irrigation dam near Wiang Chai.

The Kok River is a tributary of the Mekong River, with its mouth at Sop Kok in Chiang Saen district, opposite the Lao border.[1]

Phahonyothin Road crosses this river near Chiang Rai City. Altogether, there are five bridges crossing the Mae Kok river near Chiang Rai city.

Tributaries[edit]

The main tributaries of the Kok River are the Fang and the Lao River, the latter having its source in the Phi Pan Nam Range.[2]

Boating and rafting[edit]

Small long-tail boats ply the Mae Kok between the towns of Taton and Chiang Rai. Boomerang Park is gearing up to start, in 2013, to offer low-cost rafting trips along the Mae Kok River.

Dams[edit]

There is a small dam with 11 gates which provides irrigation for rice fields east of Chiang Rai. The dam is 7 miles east of the Hwy 1 bridge. It turns the river into a several mile long lake for 8 months of the year. Additionally, there is a dam planned on the Burmese side of where the river flows in to Thailand - about 20 miles upstream from the border.

Top Gear[edit]

In October 2013 [3][4] the cast and crew of the British television show Top Gear constructed a bridge over the River Kok as part of their Burma Special. The bridge was originally planned to be built over the River Kwai but the Kok was chosen 'accidentally'. The show aired in two parts on 9 March 2014 and 16 March 2014.

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