Formerly known as Tbeng Meanchey, Preah Vihear is a province in Cambodia that attracts tourists who come to view the Preah Vihear Temple, a stunning temple set atop a 525-meter cliff in the Dângrêk Mountains of Cambodia and which has for a long time remained the bone of concession between Cambodia and Thailand. Apart from paying a visit to the temple, there isn’t much to do in Preah Vihear City, and you can, therefore, head on to Stung Treng.
With the completion of a new road and bridge, Preah Vihear City is now well connected to Stung Treng, a small, sleepy town in Cambodia that boasts spectacular sunsets and is a convenient stop on the way east to the Cambodian–Laos border. The distance between both towns is approximately 150 km via NR64 which means that it will take you slightly over two hours to arrive in Stung Treng from Preah Vihear City. A ticket for this trip will cost you USD10.
From Preah Vihear City to Stung Treng by bus
The road from Preah Vihear City to Stung Treng is newly constructed and fully paved which makes for a pleasant journey. Although Preah Vihear welcomes a few tourists on their way to the Preah Vihear Temple, currently there are no coaches that ply this route. However, you’ll find minivans that will get you to Stung Treng safely.
From Preah Vihear City to Stung Treng by minivan
A 12-passenger minivan will get you from Preah Vihear City to Stung Treng in two hours if there are no delays along the way. Asia Van Transfer is the primary operator on this route. They have one minivan scheduled to leave Preah Vihear City at 11.15am and arrive in Stung Treng two hours later at 1.15pm. Tickets cost USD10 per person. Asia Van Transfer vans are a few years old but still in good condition. They come with air conditioning and relatively comfortable seats. However, they are not as spacious as buses, and it is, therefore, advisable to secure an extra seat if you are carrying huge luggage.
It is important to note that Asia Van Transfer does not accept cancellations or offer refunds, therefore, ensure that you arrive at your departure point at least half an hour before you are scheduled to leave. You can also have the van pick you up at your hotel. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, booking ID, and hotel address 24 hours before departure.
Remember that this Asian Van Transfer trip goes from the city of Preah Vihear to Stung Treng and not from the temple. The Preah Vihear Temple is located 120 km north of town and if your starting point is the temple you will first need to make your way to the town.
Always carry your passport when visiting Preah Vihear province as you may require it to purchase a ticket.
From Preah Vihear City to Stung Treng by taxi
A private or shared taxi will get you to Stung Treng faster. Although taxis are more comfortable and less crowded than minivans, they are significantly more expensive. It can cost you close to USD50 for this trip. However, seeing that there aren't many commercial vehicles that ply this route, you'll require to check beforehand for taxi availability.
There is only one scheduled minivan departure from Preah Vihear City to Stung Treng each day which can often be an inconvenience especially if you are planning to travel on from Stung Treng to another town in Cambodia. You can, however, make the most of your trip by getting to know Stung Treng.
What to do when you get to Stung Treng
When you get to Stung Treng, you can explore the western banks of the Mekong, stroll through the town's market or enjoy watching the sunset by the river.