Steung Treng sits on Cambodia’s northern fringe with Laos, at the point where the Mekong River crashes into Cambodia in the wake of whirling around southern Laos’ 4,000 Islands. Initially part of its northern neighbor, it was exchanged to Cambodian ownership by the French however right up ’til today, despite everything you’ll hear a great deal of Lao talked in this broad area. Most explorers remain in the eponymous commonplace capital on the east bank of the River San, a tributary of the Mekong.
Steung Treng however holds significant guarantee for those with a daring soul (and a considerable lot of available time) as various riverine outings can be embraced, and you can investigate the western bank of the Mekong, which not very many explorers mess with — motorcyclists specifically rave about the rough terrain openings in western Steung Treng in transit to Preah Vihear.
What’s more, things are beginning to change around here. The culmination of a 1.7-kilometer connect over the Mekong joins Steung Treng with western Cambodia, and specifically Siem Reap. As of now the town is seeing higher vacationer numbers, however the reaction to that is by all accounts moderate in taking off. That will clearly change as local people begin the possibilities.
For most voyagers still Steung Treng is however a look from their transport window as they’re carried to and from the Lao fringe and the bigger town of Kratie toward the south. Around 23 kilometers south of Steung Treng town, the street east to Banlung in Ratanakiri starts, so overlanders originating from Laos yet destined for Banlung should go through Steung Treng. Similarly as with huge numbers of the calm goals in Cambodia, the capital can be a touch of disappointing, however give the place some time and you’ll discover enough to keep yourself occupied for no less than a day.
Steung Treng doesn’t sit on the bank of the Mekong, yet rather on the southern bank of the San River, which streams into the far bigger Mekong about a kilometer west of town. Touching base from Phnom Penh, Ratanakiri, or places in the middle of, you’ll roll in from the south, along Street 63, with its wide road and focal greenery enclosures. The town is flanked to east and west by two long scaffolds, one interfacing with western Cambodia by means of Preah Vihear City, and the other driving straight to Laos.
The town itself is a somewhat rundown undertaking, with its real resource being tremendous nightfalls and inviting individuals. The one fascination of sorts is a weaving co-agent at the eastern furthest point of town, which merits going to both for its flawless textures and to help a beneficial motivation.
Close-by the staggering Sopheakmit Waterfalls on the Cambodia/Laos fringe are not to be missed. There is an eatery here as well, with all encompassing perspectives over the ravishing scene.