Salween River

The Salween (Burmese: သံလွင်မြစ်; MLCTS: sam lwang mrac, IPA: [θàɴlwɪ̀ɴ mjɪʔ],[a] is a river, aboot 2,815 kilometre (1,749 mi) lang, that flows frae the Tibetan Plateau intae the Andaman Sea in Sootheast Asie.

Salawin river at Mae Sam Laep.jpg
Salween River forming the boundary between Burma and Thailand
Kintras China, Burma, Thailand
Region Tibet
 - left Moei River
Ceety Mawlamyaing
Soorce Qinghai Mountains
 - location Unknown glacier, Tibet, China
 - elevation 5,350 m (17,552 ft)
 - coordinates 32°43′15″N 92°13′33″E / 32.72083°N 92.22583°E / 32.72083; 92.22583
Mooth Andaman Sea
 - location Mawlamyaing, Burma
 - elevation 0 m (0 ft)
 - coordinates 16°11′39″N 97°35′00″E / 16.19417°N 97.58333°E / 16.19417; 97.58333Coordinates: 16°11′39″N 97°35′00″E / 16.19417°N 97.58333°E / 16.19417; 97.58333
Lenth 2,815 km (1,749 mi)
Basin 324,000 km2 (125,100 sq mi)
 - average 4,978 m3/s (175,796 cu ft/s) [1]
Salween watershed.png
Salween drainage area


  1. An aa spelt Thanlwin; Mon: သာန်လာန်, [san lon]; Tibetan: རྒྱལ་མོ་རྔུལ་ཆུ།Wylie: rgyal mo rngul chu, Gyalmo Ngulchu; Cheenese: 怒江; pinyin: Nù Jiāng, leeterally "Angry River" in Cheenese — the river is actually named efter the Nu fowk livin in the aurie, but Cheenese haein no phonetic script haed tae uise a chairacter wi a seemilar soond as Nu which happens tae be the chairacter for rage;[2] Thai IPA: [mɛ̂ː náːm sǎːləwin], Mae Nam Salawin (Thai: แม่น้ำสาละวิน)


  1. "Water Resources of Myanmar". AQUASTAT. Retrieved 21 September 2010. Website gives Salween discharge as 157 cubic kilometers per year, which translates to roughly 4,978 m3/s
  2. Chellaney, Brahma (15 September 2011). Water: Asia's New Battleground. Georgetown University Press. pp. 260–. ISBN 978-1-58901-771-9. Retrieved 29 September 2011.