Scenic Stung Treng Town is situated near the confluence of the San River and the Mekong River, about 56km south of the Laos border. It actually sits on the banks of the San River, with the mighty Mekong coming into the picture on the western outskirts of town. It was initially a part of the Khmer Empire, then the Lao Kingdom of Lan Xang and later the Lao Kingdom of Champassack. It is known as Xieng Teng in the Laotian language. The province was ceded back to Cambodia during the period of French Indochina, in 1904. Stung Treng is Cambodia’s northern gateway and can best be described as an outpost visited by tourists on their travel between Ratanakiri and Laos. Stung Treng is emerging as an important trading centre amongst Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam; and a new road, highway # 7, is connecting this province to the rest of the country.
Stung Treng and its bustling river port are located at the gateway to some of the wildest parts of the Mekong River. The town’s history reflects its position at the junction of two major river highways (the Mekong and the Sekong), and its border with Laos. Different groups of people have settled here to create a blend of Khmer and Laotian cultures, languages and foods. Ruins of pre-Angkorian temples lie across the river at Thala Barivat.
From Stung Treng you may take a range of trails north or south along the Mekong with overnight stays with families in remote rural villages and trek in the fringing forests and mountain regions. From Stung Treng or Ou Svay further to the north, you may take a boat to the Anlung Cheuteal Dolphin Pool to view the Mekong River Dolphins and also explore the astonishing Sopheak Mitt Waterfall where the mighty Mekong splashes its way down to Cambodia from Laos. You may also make your way to visit the Cambodian humanitarian based NGO supporting vulnerable women in the province called, “Stung Treng Women’s Development Centre”.