Posted by: Simon & Becci | April 28, 2014

Mekong River Swim

In case you don’t know this, Phnom Penh is the meeting place of two rivers: the Tonle Sap and the Mekong. The Tonle Sap is a remarkable river whose flow changes direction twice a year as it fills and then drains the largest freshwater lake in South-East Asia (also called the Tonle Sap) in the rainy and dry seasons respectively. The mighty Mekong meanwhile is a mere 4350km long as it journeys from Tibet through six countries before emptying into the South China Sea. It can swell to several kilometres in width in places, and this week Becci swam across it!


She did this alongside 139 others in the annual “Mekong River Swim” just north of Phnom Penh early on Sunday morning. Sadly I was not there to witness it, so join with me in reliving her wonderful experience…..


Becci (complete with competitor number tattoo) and her friend Susan get ready to start


The participants had to swim a stretch of river about 800 metres in length


Firstly they had a pleasant cruise to help them cross to the other side


Becci and Susan were rather excited…


On the far bank it was a case of paddle along the mud bank, get set, and go!


Can you spot Becci?


Rescue boats lined the course as the swimmers made their way towards shore


Finished! A delighted Becci makes it across in 88th place in a time of 16 minutes 34 seconds


Becci and several of her colleagues from Hope School (including our friend Mike Emery from Coventry) celebrate their success

Becci has already noted the date for next year’s swim and has started a campaign for me to join her…..

(Some photos courtesy of Kee Park and the Mekong River Swim website).




  1. Well done Becci! You look really fit these days…… Next stop the channel?

    Love and hugs Sandra x

  2. […] has been a year of unparalleled sporting success for Becci. Following her achievement of swimming across the Mekong River in world record time earlier this year, Becci sets her sights on an even more challenging goal: […]

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