What to Do in Stung Treng
The town itself is not so big, and one can explore it on foot. There are some Wats (temples) in the town and a daily fresh market. To explore more of the area though, it is wiser to rent a moto. You can rent one at the Riverside guesthouse or near the market.
Next to the Sekong river (a tributary of the mighty Mekong), about 4 km east from the town center there is the weaving co-operative Mekong Blue, which warrants a visit for the lovely fabrics and patterns they produce.
Furthermore, Stung Treng Village is a good base to explore Stung Treng Province. It’s a beautiful place with some historical value. The Ramsar site to the north that connects to Laos is a real treat to explore and several (nearly extinct) Irrawaddy Dolphin pools surround this charming provincial town. There are several NGOs such as Tourism for Help, Evergreen Community, and Mlub Baitong active in the region, and these welcome any kind of support from travelers where needed. The town links well to Banlung (Ratanakiri) and can be used for more than just a stopover. Hikes are available to see the 4000 Islands area from the mountain top and the unique merging of the 4 main rivers (also known as the Mekong plus 3 area) makes the place great for riverine exploration.
- ACLEDA Bank, near the Market, has a Visa system ATM that dispenses US dollars.
- Canadia Bank, just east of the Market, also has an ATM that accepts all cards and dispenses US dollars.
Both banks change between Cambodian riel, US$, and Lao kip, but you’ll get a better rate from money changers at the market.
- Mekong Discovery Trail: The Mekong Discovery Trail takes you into the heart of the Mekong where the beauty of the river and the friendliness of the people create unforgettable river life experiences in the northeast Cambodia. The Mekong Discovery Trail is a network of safe, ecotourism journeys through some of the most natural and least populated parts of the Mekong. The free trail guide provides maps, transport, and accommodation options. You can travel on a small part of the trail, or all of it. You can travel alone or with a group. There are many options along the 180 km trail, which runs between Kratie and the Cambodian/Laos border. But remember to allow enough time to go with the flow of river life. Along the trail, you will have the opportunity to see critically endangered Mekong River Dolphins, while minimizing your impact on them and the habitats they rely on. By using the Trail, you will also be assisting river communities, some of the poorest (but most welcoming) in Cambodia.Koh Preah island: on the Mekong, 37 Km south of Stung Treng offers 7 homestays, in a rotation system, at 3$ a night/ person. Coordination by Mr. Siam Lom. Mr. Theang “+855 889 09 9660” is the only guy on this island speaking quite fluent English. He is 24 years old and loves to practice his English. He lives west of the new hospital (under construction), close to one of the only places to have a drink in the village stretch on the western side of the island. He can arrange a 2 hr boat trip to go and see dolphins for US$20.