Wat Hang Kho Ba is located in Han Kho Ba village, Hang Kho Ba commune, Stung Treng district, about 6 kilometers northeast of the provincial town. A historical and cultural site, its mean attraction is a 300-year-old pagoda. Most of the local people speak Khmer and Lao. The site is also very popular for its sweet tamarind. Stung Treng province is known for its sweet tamarind andpasiyi and pava fish.
Thala Barivat is a historical site located in Thala Barivat district, about 4 kilometers north of Stung Treng provincial town. To reach the site, travelers must cross the Skong and Mekong rivers. There they will find Preah Kor temple, a brick structure constructed in the late 7th and early 8th centuries during the reign of King Jayavarman I. In front of the temple is a large statue of Preah Kor (sacred bull).
Near Preah Kor statue, there is a 10-meter-square yard where every year the Kuoy hill tribe engages in Veay Khel (armor plate traditional fighting). The four-day games, which are part of a Kuoy festival, are held tow or three weeks before Khmer New Year.
There are many small, ancient temples near Thala Barivat, but most of them, such as Prambuon Lveng temple, Srei temple and Angkor Khmao temple have been heavily damaged over time.
Koh Ksach is located along Sekong River, about 5 kiloeters from the provincial town. The site features a beautiful sandy beach, 2 kilometers long and one-half kilometer wide, where visitors can swim or relax. A natural site, it can be visited only during the dry season and is especially popular during Khmer New Year.
O’ Pong Moan is a natural canal in O’ Pong Moan village, O’ Pong Moan commune, Stung Treng district, about 9 kilometers south of Stung Treng provincial town. The canal gets its water from the ground, about 50 kilometers from the site. The water from the canal flows into a lake that is popular for fishing and swimming. Resting cottages are available for rent along the canal. There is also a small power plant nearby that provides 10 kilowatts of electricity per hour.
This remote province is emerging as a major commercial crossroads for trade between Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. It is a forgotten place, but once the roads south are finished, it will once again be properly plugged into the rest of the country. Much of Stung Treng’s traffic travels by water, as several major rivers traverse the province, including Tonle Kong, Tole San, Tonle Srepok and, of course, the Mekong. However, the roads are improving and NH19 east to Ratanakiri is scheduled for an upgrade.
Visitor attractions are extremely limited for now, but as tourism takes off elsewhere in Cambodia, it is possible that boat trips up the Mekong’s tributaries, to places like Seam Pang, will be a different way to see some remote areas. The population of Stung Treng includes several minority groups and the western chunk of massive Virachay National Park, accessible from Siem Pang – two factors that suggest there is some tourism potential as the province’s infrastructure develops. Part of its problem is being sandwiched between Ratanakiri one of Cambodia’s most interesting provinces, and southern Laos, and area rich in attractions – why hang around Stung Treng? Right now, anywhere outside the provincial capital is pretty much the end of the earth.
Stung Treng has experienced a surge in visitor numbers with the opening of the Cambodian – Lao border just 50 km north of town, and while there aren’t a whole lot of reasons to stick around, it makes a sensible overnight stop on the overland route to Ratanakiri. It is a bustling little trading town located on the banks of Tonle San, which flows into the mighty Mekong on the western outskirts of the city limits. Some locals call Tonle San Tonle Kong or Tonle Sekong as these two rivers merge 10km east of town. Chinese contractors are currently constructing a bridge across this river, which will form a key link in the new road between Kratie and the Lao border.