Moei River

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Moei River
Thaungyin River, သူမွဲကျိ
Moei River.jpg
Moei River from the Thai border looking at Myanmar
Native nameแม่น้ำเมย
CountryThailand, Burma
StateTak Province, Mae Hong Son Province
DistrictPhop Phra, Mae Sot, Mae Ramat, Tha Song Yang, Sop Moei
CityMae Sot
Physical characteristics
 ⁃ locationThanon Thongchai Range, Tak Province, Thailand
 ⁃ coordinates16°29′5″N 98°51′25″E / 16.48472°N 98.85694°E / 16.48472; 98.85694
MouthSalween River
 ⁃ location
Sop Moei, Mae Hong Son Province, Thailand
 ⁃ coordinates
17°47′9″N 97°44′33″E / 17.78583°N 97.74250°E / 17.78583; 97.74250Coordinates: 17°47′9″N 97°44′33″E / 17.78583°N 97.74250°E / 17.78583; 97.74250
 ⁃ elevation
76 m (249 ft)
Length327 km (203 mi)
Basin features
 ⁃ rightYuam River

The Moei River (Thai: แม่น้ำเมย, RTGSMaenam Moei, IPA: [mɛ̂ːnáːm mɤːj], S'gaw Karen: သူမွဲကျိ ) 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 Districts, 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 a portion of the border between Thailand and Myanmar.

The river is the scene 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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