Stung Treng Province is located in the north of Cambodia and was an important trading hub that was the first part of the great Khmer empire, later changing hands during the Lao Kingdoms of Lan Xang and Champassack.
It was during the period of French Indochina that it was signed back to Cambodia. The Lao influence is still evident today and the border is only 50kms away.
Based on the San River where it converges with the Mekong River, the town is quiet and picturesque with friendly locals. The river view is lovely, especially around sunset and the paved roads are perfect for an afternoon stroll or enjoying a traditional snack or drink from the local stands.
Stung Treng is famous for its spectacular waterfalls of Lbak Khaon. Here the mighty Mekong River falls down 26metres of rock falls right near the border of Cambodia and Laos.
Stung Treng is one of the least explored provinces in Cambodia and is literally full of unexplored forests and islands. If you are adventure seeker or simply curious in nature, Stung Treng is your dream destination.
Stung Treng is a remote town that hasn’t been strongly influenced by foreign concepts. The locals are Buddhists and most of their income comes from the agricultural sector. The province’s location close to the border of Laos made it a significant trading point in the past.
Nowadays the locals are famous for their contagious Khmer smile and laid-back attitude. Stung Treng is home to various temples dating back to the 6th and 7th Centuries and is rich in sacred natural habitat and local legends and folktales including the belief in mystical dragons.
Cool season – November- March (18-26c)
Hot season – March- May (27c -35c)
Rainy season – May – October (26-34c)
Things to Do
Lbak Khaon is a spectacular waterfall. Here the Mekong River mightily falls down 26metres of the rock face. The waterfall is best visited in rainy season where the water rises and the mass of the water causes stunning mist and high-speed flow. The huge volume of water crashing over the rocks creates an amazing sight and in the dry season, the rocks are exposed displaying beautiful hues of red, black and white.
Virachey National Park
Virachey National Park, with its lovely small town, contains three rivers including the Tonle San, Tonle Kong and the Mekong. Here, hundreds of tiny islands are dotted around the mass of water in the National Park that covers a staggering 3000 square km.
Home to an abundance of wildlife and natural habitat including forests and lowlands hiding gibbons, leopard cats, elephants and sun bears, the region is so large that most of it remains unexplored. The National Park is also home to small ethnic minority groups who uphold traditional customs.
Visit the Islands
Koh Hib, Koh Phnov and Thmo Sakseth
The islands located predominantly in the Mekong River within Stung Treng province are fast becoming popular eco-tourism destinations. Stunningly beautiful in both wet and dry season, they are home to traditional Khmer villages whose residents make their living on the island.
Anlong Neak & Anlong Seima
In O’Svay commune of Stung Treng, the people believe strongly in a particular legend. They call the area “Anlong Neak” which translates to “dragon’s lot area”. The legend has been passed from generation to generation that a pair of dragons called the Ramsa area of Anlong Leak their home.
Neighbouring Anlong Sema holds similar mystical importance. The locals believe that the area is sacred and forbid fishing or boats in the area. Anlong Sema is unique in that the western side of the river always flows from north to south, and the eastern half flows from south to north.
Visit the Temples
Stung Treng is teaming with ancient pagodas and temples, many dating back to the 6th century during the reign of King Jayavarman I. Unlike most temples in Cambodia that are dedicated to Hinduism, and more recently Buddhism, temples such as Preah Ko are dedicated to Brahmanism.
Preah Theat temple is one of the most sacred of the regions temples and an important historical sight, also built during King Jayavarman’s reign in the 6th century, its set atop a hill on the outskirts of town.
Other significant sites include Brambei Lveng Temple hidden in the jungle, the sandstone and brick Badoeum Temple and Prasat Kou which means twin temple and is said to be the oldest discovered temple ruins in Stung Treg, hidden deep in the jungle. Hang Kho Ba temple is thought to be over 300 years old and the locals speak mostly Lao in the region.
Other popular attactions include the OÇhab water rapids, Koh Khsach river sandbank, O’Pong Mohn natural spring waters, Anlong Svay Thom Dolphin Pool and Seam Pang Bird and Wildlife area.