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Steung Traeng

Steung Traeng [1]Sunrise in Steung Traeng

Steung Traeng [2]Sekong River

Steung Traeng [3]Morning in Steung Traeng town

Steung Traeng (also Stoeng Treng) is a small town in northeastern Cambodia.  Steung Traeng – is the capital of Steung Traeng Province.  It is located in the western part of the Virachey National Park. It is the major city (and capital) of both the district and province and has a population of 29,665 people.

Steung Traeng is located on a high sandy bank overlooking the Mekong River, where it is joined by the Sekong river. It lies along the National Highway 7, about 455 km from Phnom Penh and 50 km south of the Laos border.  A bridge connects the city to the other side of the Sekong river while ferry is the mode of transport to cross Mekong river. 

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Steung Traeng [5]

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The population is made up of a mix of Khmer and Lao peoples. The city is served by Steung Traeng Airport, but currently there are no regular commercial services.

Steung Traeng was first a part of the Khmer Empire, then the Lao kingdom of Lan Xang and later the Lao kingdom of Champassack. The province was ceded back to Cambodia during the period of French Indochina, in 1904. Its name in Laotian is “Xieng Teng”. Owing to its border location and forested mountain areas in the northeast of the province, there was much communist guerrilla activity in Steung Traeng during Cambodia’s recent past. The insurgency lasted from the Vietnamese infiltration in the 1950s until the late Khmer Rouge years.

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Steung Traeng [8]These are the transport mode line up waiting for passengers

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Steung Traeng is located in the Norhteast of Cambodia. Steung Traeng province borders with Lao to the north, Ratanakiri to the east, Preah Vihear to the west and Kratie and Kompong Thom to the south.  The area of the province is 11,092 square kilometres.  The topography is mostly upland forested areas.  The province is bisected by the Mekong River and its tributaries.  Steung Traeng is classified as a rural province.  The province is divided into 5 districts (Sesan, Siem Bouk, Siem Pang, Steung Traeng, and Thala Barivat), 34 communes and 128 villages.  Population of Steung Traeng constitutes just 0.7% of Cambodia’s population. The population density is 7 people per square kilometre, which is nine times less than the national density.  There are 54,488 male and 55,217 female with a total of 109,705 persons.

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Steung Traeng [12]Landing area for ferry from the other side of Mekong river

What to see in Steung Traeng?

Hang Kho Ba Pagoda is the cultural and historical site, located at Hang Kho Ba Village, Hang Kho Commune, Steung Treng District in six kilometre distance from the provincial town by the road to the airport, then turning left across the Sekong river.  The pagoda of Hang Kho Ba is over 300 years.

Fresh water dolphin – opportunity to see critically endangered Mekong River Dolphins, live mainly in the rivers and waterways of Kratie and Steung Traeng provinces. The number of these mammals is estimated to be between 40 and 60 and they are often seen travelling in small groups of 6 to 10 individuals.

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 traveller.  It makes for a great trip, either for the traveller that wants to continue on to Laos or for those wanting to enjoy a wild stretch of the Mekong in Cambodia.

Ou Pong Moan Resort is the natural and man-made resort which locates at Pong Moan village, Ou Pong Moan Commune, Steung Traeng District in nine kilometre distance

Phnom Preah Theat is located in Thmey Village and Commune, about 2 kilometres  from provincial town. It is a Nature Wildlife and Preserves.

Preah Ko Temple – the first temple to be built in the ancient and now defunct city of Hariharalaya (in the area that today is called Roluos), some 15 kilometres south-east of the main group of temples at Angkor, Cambodia.

Pream Buorn Lveng Temple – The location of the Pream Buorn Lveng Temple, is amidst the fine environment of the Kang de Sor Village.

Thala Barivat Resort is located at Thala Barivat district in 4 kilometres distance from the provincial town.

Wildlife – Cambodia is home to some of the most significant populations of mammalian wildlife in Asia. Endangered species such as leopards, tigers, bantams, gaur, barking deer and the near-extinct Kouprey the Kingdom’s national animal and the world’s rarest large mammal have been sighted off the beaten path. In addition, wild elephants still roam remote pristine forests and monkeys and snakes abound in mountainous areas.

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Steung Traeng [15]Scoopy by HONDA is very popular.  Costs you about USD 2,000

Steung Traeng [16]Steung Traeng also popular for bikers group

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From Siem Reap to Steung Traeng

Tbaeng Meanchey to Steung Traeng [1]At the begining of our travel from Tbaeng Meanchey to Steung Traeng, dusty as construction of road actively being carried out.

Our initial plan want to begin traveling at 9.00 am after our breakfast, but had to be postponed because one of our vehicles have puntured tyre. Then at 10 am, we started our journey through from siem Reap to Steung Traeng through Tbaeng Meanchey.

Tbaeng Meanchey to Steung Traeng [2]This road is being upgraded to National Road No. 9

Tbaeng Meanchey to Steung Traeng [3]Village at beginning of the journey from Tbaeng Meanchey.

Not many village along the route.

I actually was arrived at Siem Reap three days ago. Previous day, I had arrived in Phnom Penh in the morning. Then in the evening I met up with an agronomist from Riyadh that arrived from Sydney. The next morning I and him flew to Siem Reap with Cambodia Angkor Air.

Upon arrival, we proceed to the Preah Vihear through Anlong Veng. Having finished our tasks there, we went back to Siem Reap and arrived at the hotel at 10pm.

Tbaeng Meanchey to Steung Traeng [5]After travel for 2 and half hours, we took a brief stop.  No logging track except a good laterite road

Tbaeng Meanchey to Steung Traeng [6]Arrives at Thalabarivat.

The next day, I arranged a meeting with a group of logistic and agronomist from Kuala Lumpur and bring them again to Preah Vihear. Agronomist from Riyadh was decided to take rest in Siem Reap after travelling more than a week.

Two days ago we received orders from Riyadh, Sydney and Kuala Lumpur to continue our visit to Steung Traeng, even it is not in our initial plan.

According to our guide, travel from Siem Reap to Steung Traeng by road, we had to pass through southern province Kampong Thom, Kampong Cham, Kratie and then to the north to Steung Traeng which covers a distance of almost 650 km. So he advised for us to take a shortcut from Siem Reap to Tbaeng Meanchey and by crossing the Mekong River to Steung Traeng directly. Estimated this trip will covers a distance of 180 km, and partly will pass through a logging track.

Arriving at ferry terminal

Tbaeng Meanchey to Steung Traeng [8]Ready to board ferry to cross Mekong and Sekong Rivers

Travelling to Tbaeng Meanchey running smoothly even we’ve stopped briefly in cultivation areas in Kulaen. After having lunch in Tbaeng Meanchey, at approximately at 1.30 pm, we continue our journey.

At first, the journey was not smooth as there are road construction activities. Then we know that route from Tbaeng Meanchey to Thalabarivat at the riverside of Mekong River, is being upgraded to National Road No. 9.

After 4:30 hours, we finally arrived at Talabarivat.  Across the Mekong River and Sekong River we see Steung Traeng afar.  Actually Steung Traeng situated at the confluence of two rivers, Mekong and Sekong.

Tbaeng Meanchey to Steung Traeng [9]On Mekong River and Steung Traeng far at the background.

Tbaeng Meanchey to Steung Traeng [10]On board

Tbaeng Meanchey to Steung Traeng [11]On Sekong River and Steung Traeng at the background

Tbaeng Meanchey to Steung Traeng [12]Fishermen on Sekong River

Tbaeng Meanchey to Steung Traeng [13]Approaching ferry landing area and our hotel already seen at the background.

Tbaeng Meanchey to Steung Traeng [14]On landing point and moving to Steung Traeng city awaiting us.

Tbaeng Meanchey to Steung Traeng [15]A women from Khmer Leu tribe on board of ferry

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