Moei River

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Coordinates: 17°47′9″N 97°44′33″E / 17.78583°N 97.74250°E / 17.78583; 97.74250
Moei River (แม่น้ำเมย)
Thaungyin River
Moei River.jpg
The Moei River from the Thai border looking at the Burmese bank
Countries Thailand, Burma
States Tak Province, Mae Hong Son Province
Districts Phop Phra, Mae Sot, Mae Ramat, Tha Song Yang, Sop Moei
Tributaries
 - right Yuam River
City Mae Sot
Source
 - location Thanon Thongchai Range, Tak Province, Thailand
 - coordinates 16°29′5″N 98°51′25″E / 16.48472°N 98.85694°E / 16.48472; 98.85694
Mouth Salween River
 - location Sop Moei, Mae Hong Son Province, Thailand
 - elevation 76 m (249 ft)
 - coordinates 17°47′9″N 97°44′33″E / 17.78583°N 97.74250°E / 17.78583; 97.74250
Length 327 km (203 mi)

The Moei River (Thai: แม่น้ำเมย, RTGS: Maenam Moei, IPA: [mɛ̂ːnáːm mɤːj]) is a tributary of the Salween River. Unlike most rivers in Thailand the Moei River flows north in a northwest direction.

It originates in Phop Phra district, Tak Province, flowing then from South to North across Mae Sot, Mae Ramat and Tha Song Yang disctricts, finally entering the Salween River within the limits of Sop Moei district of Mae Hong Son Province. The river is 327 kilometres (203 mi) long.

The Yuam River joins its left bank only 7 kilometres (4 mi) before its confluence with the Salween. Many fish species inhabit its waters, including the Giant river catfish.[1]

International border[edit]

The Moei River forms the natural border line between Thailand and Burma.

The river banks often the scenario of clashes between the Tatmadaw and Karen militias.[2] Often Karen people cross the river either in order to enter Thailand as refugees or to go back to Burma.[3]

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