Svay Rieng is a peaceful town around 40km from the Vietnamese border crossing of Bavet. Its location puts it on a significant trade route between Phnom Penh and Vietnam.
Here, the locals are warm and friendly and the surrounds are made up of rivers, rice fields and marshlands. The largest rivers in Cambodia, Mekong and Tonle Bassac flow through Svay Rieng and help sustain the local agriculture.
Svay Rieng has a bustling market and offers delicious local cuisine. It is home to beautiful Prey Ba Sak Lake and several ancient temple ruins including Prasat, Prasat Chea Hao and Prasat Basac temples.
The Waiko River that flows through the province is a favourite with photographs who love capturing the scenery and wildlife in the marshland area.
Svay Rieng is a perfect introduction to rural life in Cambodia. With little traffic and well footpath riverside roads, it makes a great place for discovering the friendliness of local Khmer people and sampling traditional countryside food. The farmers focus on growing rice, corn, potatoes and bananas and are available for sampling at the local Psar (market). The site of several ancient temples, it’s apparent that the region has a rich history.
Cool season – November- March (24-32c)
Hot season – March-May (28c -36c)
Rainy season – May – October (24-32c)
Things to Do
Prey Basak Resort
Prey Basak is located on a hill which was once home to an ancient temple that was sadly destroyed. Surrounded by untouched forest, the resort gives visitors a good insight into traditional Khmer culture and traditions.
Prey Basak is decorated with several statues and is particularly interesting to visit during Cambodian traditional ceremonies and celebrations.
Waiko River and its surrounding area is perfect for taking beautiful photographs. In the evening food stands offer local cuisine and by day the paved areas are ideal for a stroll or bicycle road. There are many large trees to relax under and enjoy a local mango or coconut.