Many fires (red pixels) were seen burning across Thailand and Southern Cambodia on January 8, 2002, by the Moderate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) flying aboard NASAs Terra satellite.
Almost the entire countries of Thailand (center) and Cambodia (lower right) were remarkably cloud-free in this true-color scene. Thailand is bordered by the countries of Myanmar to the west, Laos to the north and east, and Cambodia to the southeast. Thailands capital city of Bangkok sits on its southern shore, where the Chao Phraya River flows into the large bay in the northern Gulf of Thailand.
Moving eastward from Bangkok, one can see the Tonle SapCambodias largest inland body of water. Waters from the Tonle Sap flow southeastward and converge with the mighty Mekong River, just east of Phnom Penh, Cambodias capital. The Mekong River defines much of the border between Thailand and Laos. The captal of LaosViangchanis situated just across the Mekong from Thailands northern border.
Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC