The capital of Stung Treng province, Stung Treng is another sleepy ex-French colonial backwater that has been rudely awakened, due to its close proximity to the Laos border crossing. It will only get busier; the Tran-Asia Highway has got its eye on this place as well and work is well under way to stick a bridge over to the border (That’ll stop those ferry boat pirates). Due to the improved roads, the fast boats no longer ply the Mekong between here and Kratie, which is a pity as the river on this section is particularly picturesque. Another river town with a thriving fruit-shake and cold beer riverside shack scene.
Points Onward & Riding Conditions
Around Stung Treng: (Novice)
The roads around town are all well paved.
T’Beang Meanchey: (Intermediate/expert)
The cross-country route is one of the best trails in the country, a mixture of everything. Sand, river crossings, bamboo groves, little villages. You’ve just got to make it past the ferry pirates first.
The main road is paved and easy but there are back routes that are far more entertaining.
Phnom Penh: (Novice)
There are two roads to Phnom Penh: a tarmac superhighway and the river road. The river road is excellent dirt bike territory.