Things to See and Do - Stung Treng, Cambodia

Mekong Discovery Trail - Stung Treng

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 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 minimising 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.


Highlights of the Mekong Discovery Trail

Mekong River Dolphin Viewing
The Trail offers many opportunities to view critically endangered Mekong River Dolphins. Less than 100 of these animals are left in the Mekong. Well managed ecotourism is part of the solution to increase their value to local communities and ensure their long-term protection.

Horse Carts in Kratie
Kratie town is famous for its horse carts. The Trail has helped establish a local association of horse cart operators who will conduct tours around the town and north along the Mekong River to the famous Kampi dolphin pool. Travelling by horse cart is a unique way to experience the riverside town of Kratie and its many attractions including the French colonial architecture.

House Boats on the Mekong at Stung Treng
A very special way to relax and experience the Mekong River is on a traditional river boat. Sit back and enjoy the magnificent sunsets and sunrises and spectacular flooded forests of the Ramsar wetlands. Buy fish from passing boats and stop at riverside villages to shop in local markets.

Mountain Biking with No Carbon Emissions
One option along the Mekong Discovery
Trail caters especially for experienced and intrepid mountain bike riders who are prepared for an 'off the beaten track’ experience. You will travel through some
of the least disturbed and most remote
parts of the Mekong, and stay overnight in guesthouses and home stays in rural villages along the way.

Local Produce from the Farms and Markets
Kratie and Stung Treng Provinces are famous for their sticky rice (krolan) and pickled fish (nem), as well as delicious tropical fruits and fresh fish that are included in local dishes. Taste some while you travel along the Mekong Discovery Trail. You'll find a recipe for the famous Fish Amok in the Trail guide book.

Home Stays and Wat Stays in Local Communities
A very personal way to experience the home life and daily rituals of Khmer villages is to stay in homes or Wats. Home stays and Wat stays are available at several places along the Trail. The Trail guide book provides a few tips about etiquette to make it easier to connect with the local cultures.

Trekking in the Forests along the Mekong River
There are opportunities to trek through fringing forests that line the banks of the river, and to enjoy wonderful views over the maze of islands and braided river channels north of Stung Treng. A local guide will assist with navigation and make the experience so much richer.

Learn More at: http://www.mekongdiscoverytrail.com/

Map of Mekong Discovery Trail

Other Attractions in Stung Treng

Preah Ko Temple

Preah Ko Temple

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Wat Phnom, Stung Treng

Wat Phnom, Stung Treng

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Mekong Discovery Trail

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 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... read more

Hang Kho Ba Pagoda

Hang Kho Ba Pagoda

Hang Kho Ba Pagoda is the cultural and historical site, located at Hang Kho Ba Village, Hang Kho Commune, Steung Treng District in Six-Kilometer distance from the provincial town by the road to the airport, then turning left across the river of Se Kong. The pagoda of Hang Kho Ba is over 300 years. The local people there speak Lao... read more

Phnom Preah Theat

Phnom Preah Theat

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Fresh Water Dolphin

Fresh Water Dolphin

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Pream Buorn Lveng Temple

Pream Buorn Lveng Temple

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Wildlife

Wildlife

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Thala Barivat Resort

Thala Barivat Resort

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Mekong River Trip to Laos

Mekong River Trip to Laos

The Mekong River between Stung Treng and the Laos border is very light on population and heavy on beautiful scenery. Boulder outcroppings, numerous sets of rapids, swirling pothole currents, wide sweeping stretches of river and forested landscape along the banks all await the boat traveler. It makes for a great trip, either for the... read more

Ou Pong Moan Resort

Ou Pong Moan Resort

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Koh Ksach Resort

Koh Ksach Resort

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Kantuy Ko

Kantuy Ko

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