Stung Treng is a beautiful province located on a high sandy bank overlooking the Mekong River where it is joined by the Se Kong River. It is about 455 km from Phnom Penh and some 40 km to the Laos border. This charming city is linked to Banlung (Rattanak Kiri) and is actually more than just a ‘stopover’. The Sekong Bridge, itself an attraction, serves as a convenient passage to the border of Laos.
There are several nice places to visit when in Stung Treng. The amazing Sopheakmith Waterfall never ceases to mesmerise visitors and the stretch of the mighty Mekong at this province is also a popular place for observing the very rare Irrawaddy dolphins.
The Thala Barivat is only 4 kilometers from the provincial town. This is accessible by crossing the Se Kong River. Thala Barivat is the historical site where the Preah Ko, a 7th century brick temple of King Jayavarman I is located. Preah Ko is consists of six brick towers arranged in two rows of three towers each perched on a sandstone platform. This is one of the earliest temples built during the Angkor era.
Here in the vicinity are a few other small ancient temples; the Prambuon Lveng Temple, Srei Temple and the Angkor Kmao Temple. The Hang Kho Ba Pagoda, a 300 year old temple in the Hang Kho Ba Village, is also only about 6 Kilometers from the provincial town and worth the while to pay a visit.
Steung Treng province is also famous for sweet tamarind the Pa Si Yi fish; a local delicacy enjoyed by many tourists.