Stung Treng is one of the Northern provinces of Cambodia where many people or tourists hardly ever think of or forget about it besides going to Rattanakiri and Mondul Kiri province. There are many local and tourists came to visit Stung Treng just because wanting to go to the Park Pheng waterfall in Lao, about 10 km from the border and took a little time to stop and visit. Most people and tourist thought that there is nothing interesting in Stung Treng. In fact, Stung Treng has some interesting places, things that you could discover.
The most tasty fish and the symbol of Stung Treng province
So, in this article I would like to share some interesting places or things to go and do in Stung Treng and it can be a tip when you come to this a little town beside just stop by and go back.
Stung Treng (now called a City) is located in the northeast and on the highland zone of Cambodia and located along Sekong and Mekong River. It is approximately 567 km from Phnom Penh, the second furthest province after Rattanakiri. It borders the provinces of Ratanakiri to the east, Mondulkiri and Kratie to the south and Kampong Thom and Preah Vihear to the west. Its population is about 111,734 (National census 2008).
Earning for living of the people of StungTreng is based on different things; most people depend on rice planting, fishing, and collecting the sub foresting.
Nowadays, most people are interesting in planting agronomy crop, especially rubber tree. So in 5 years later it will be the main economy in Stung Treng and also because of this province have a main border gate with Lao, hopefully tourists will come through this gate so that it will be another opportunity to increase the economy in its locality. Beside of those opportunities, there are some interesting tourist sight in Stung Treng where can bring economy increasing in the future.
Here below some of them:
Sopheak Mit Waterfall
It is about 25 km from Stung Treng to Cambodian Lao border. Now we can get there by car because the road has been connected 2 years ago. Before if we want to go to this waterfall we must take speed boat or other boat and next year when the bridge across Mekong River is inaugurated it will be easier and easier to go there. There you will enjoy natural views of the cascade of the Mekong River from Loa and also you can swim in some places.
Time is good to visit is from February to May it when the Mekong River bank is not high yet.
Bopha phlok resort
It is located in the Se san district and along the Se San River. It’s about 25 km from the town to the West. This resort was organized by the local community under initiation and supervision of the provincial Tourist department. It is a small sandy Iceland in the middle of the Se San River, where you can relax and enjoy its natural environment and swim with very clear and mild flowed water.
This resort opens only from Jan to May when the River water is low only.
Fresh water/Mekong dolphin
Fresh water dolphin is a special species fish which not have in many countries in the world. Nowadays they live mainly in the Mekong River and waterways of Kratie and Stung Treng provinces. There are not many left over now and they are under observation of government officers. The dolphin is one of the rare species because the females are usually slow to give birth; it is about two years for once during the month of June to August.
Tourist can find tourist agent or contact with the tourist office in Stung Treng to arrange your trip to see dolphin. Good time to see them is in the dry season.
Flooding forest kayaking
There are some flooding forests Iceland along the Mekong River where you can do kayaking. The provincial tourist department provides this service for who would like to do adventure with kayaking. When you are doing Kayaking, you surely enjoy the natural scenery.
Spending time on the tourist nice boat visiting river view
Recently, the provincial tourist department just launched a picnic boat to provide for who would like to spend time along the Mekong and Sekong River. It is a very nice boat and it cost you only 5000 Riel per hour.
Hiking or trailing discovery
There is a National Park in Stung Treng called Virak chey, where you can do adventure through hiking or trailing. It is located in Siem Pang district about 120 km from the town to the North-west and bordered to Ratanak kiri province. You can get there by motorbike, then elephant and walking.
Also there is a nice 7 layer waterfall in the jungle were not so many people reach and know about it. There is no road yet to reach the waterfall just by walking or elephant.
There are 2 cultural sights in Stung Treng province; one is Preah Theat temple that is located in Thmey village, about 3 km from the town. Another one is in Thalabaravath district. You need to take a ferry to another side of the Mekong River about 5 km from the town.
Other special things in Stung Treng
- There is one kind of fishes in Stung Treng, classifying the most tasteful ever and the most expensive, it’s called “Pase Y”. It lives mostly in Stung Treng. We can find this kind of fish only once a year in December to February.
- Another one is coffee. If you are a coffee drinker, I recommend you when you come to Stung Treng do not miss it. You can find it everywhere in the market and town. It cost only 1500 Riel per cup.
Still there are a lot of more places and things you can discover in Stung Treng beside the description above. If you come and go to the tourist information office you can find out more that Stung Treng is one of tourist sights both natural and cultural in Cambodia.
Have a good time for your discovery!