Stung Treng

Stung Treng

Stung Treng (also Stoeng Treng) is a small town in northeastern Cambodia, and can easily be described with the word "outpost" more than anything else. Many tourists heading to/from Laos pass through here, though few stay long as Banlung and Kratie offer far more excitement, activities and remedies.
Stung Treng Overview
Located in the north east of Cambodia, Stung Treng town is only 50 Km from the sole border crossing into Laos, which borders the north of the province. Crossing is from Dom Kralor in Cambodia to Veun Kham in Laos, and being the only one, is quite popular. Allow a 1.5-hour drive to the border crossing from Stung Treng.
Stung Treng is a quiet, friendly country town situated on the confluence of the San River and the Mekong River. It actually sits on the banks of the San River, with the mighty Mekong coming into the picture on the northeastern outskirts of he town.This is a very picturesque part of Cambodia.

Stung Treng History
Stung Treng was first a part of the Khmer Empire, then the Lao kingdom of Lan Xang, and later the Lao kingdom of Champasak. After the Franco-Siamese War of 1893, Chiang Taeng (Stung Treng) was administered by French Lower Laos from 1893 to 1904. In 1904 French Laos traded the province to the French Protectorate of Cambodia in exchange for Champassak, leaving a small Laotian minority in Cambodia.
Owing to its border location and the forested mountains in the northeast of the province, there was much communist guerrilla activity in Stung Treng in Cambodia's past. The insurgency lasted from the Vietnamese infiltration in the 1950s until the late Khmer Rouge year. 
Stung Treng climate and best time to visit
As general climate of Cambodia, the temperatures in Stung Treng are always high and has 2 season:
- Rainy season: from May - October
- Dry season: from November - April

Best time to visit Stung Treng is in Dry season when you can avoid rainy and can enjoy your trip best.
Stung Treng Transportation
There is no airport in Stung Treng. It is 300km from Siem Reap and takes 5 hours driver. You can choose options: private car, buses, minivan,.. due to your budget.
Things to do and see in Stung Treng
Irrawaddy dolphins: Nowadays the dolphins live mainly in the rivers and waterways of Stung Treng and the neighbouring Kratie province. The number of these mammals is estimated to be between 60 and 80 and they are often seen travelling in small groups of 6 to 10 individuals.

Mekong Discovery Trail: Covering the stretch of the Mekong between Kratie and the Laos border north of Stung Treng, the Mekong Discovery Trail is an initiative to get tourists off the beaten track and experience the river’s rich culture, ecology and historical heritage. The so-called “trail” actually comprises ten separate itineraries using existing roads, tracks and waterways – a few signs have been set up along some of the routes. The itineraries themselves are something of a moveable feast – most can be explored using a mix of transport depending on what suits, whether on foot, by bike, or using a tuk-tuk or car. A few also include the possibility of an overnight homestay en route. The various routes are covered in more detail in a useful leaflet that you may be able to pick up in Kratie or Stung Treng.

Mekong River Trip to Laos: The Mekong River between Stung Treng and the Laos border is very light on population and heavy on beautiful scenery. Boulder outcroppings, numerous sets of rapids, swirling pothole currents, wide sweeping stretches of river and forested landscape along the banks all await the boat traveler. It makes for a great trip, either for the traveler that wants to continue on to Laos or for those wanting to enjoy a wild stretch of the Mekong in Cambodia.

Stung Treng Travel Tips
There are just a few ATMs and cash is required for all transactions. It is suggested to carry enough money. Carry essential items like umbrellas, mosquito repellants, sunscreen and flip flops for spending time in Stung Treng. Book accommodations in advance if you plan to stay in the town overnight, as they are limited. There is no need to book any boat tours in advance. The weather is hard to predict, and the prices are better if booked directly through the boat operators in Stung Treng.
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