updated February 2006
In Cambodia's northeast, Stung Treng offers little more than access to other places. Clockwise from the north, Stung Treng is bordered by Laos, Ratanakiri, Mondulkiri, Kratie, Kompong Thom, and Preah Vihear.
Access is by road south to Kratie and east to Banlung and by boat to the Laos border. A road to the border is a work in progress. There is now bus service from Phnom Penh.
I rode a motorbike from Banlung and back in January 2002 and that's about the extent of my Stung Treng experience. You can read about it here.
The town itself sits high on the banks of the San River with the Mekong right around the corner. There are a couple of nondescript restaurants and hotels if you need one. If you are overlanding it to or from Laos you'll have to pass through here. Some first-hand travelers' reports are here: cambodia-overland-laos-reports
The other place Stung Treng offers access to is overland to Banlung. Road condition is variable year to year.
There is one interesting thing you can do here, and that's take a boat trip, a serious boat trip, all the way to Ratanakiri if you so choose. Such a trip won't come cheap, but I know people have done it. I don't know anyone in particular who offers the service, but I imagine some determined inquiries in Stung Treng would ultimately yield results.
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