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.

Kratie: (Novice/Intermediate)

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.