Stung Treng is a sleepy small town on the Mekong River in the Ratanakiri Province. This untainted province is located at the tri-country area of Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam and quite far away from tourist areas.
Just north of the city you'll find the Stung Treng Women's Development Centre where the women from Stung Treng come to weave silk. When you purchase one of their products, you help them to build a better future for themselves. As a sign of their gratitude they'll give you a small gift made out of silk.
If you head out of Stung Treng and off of the beaten track, you can visit the hill tribes in the Banlung area. These are traditional mountain tribes in the middle of the jungle who live near refreshing waterfalls.
All transport leaves from the transport stop near the Riverside Guest House.
You can travel by minibus between Stung Treng and the Laos Border at Dom Kralor. The journey takes around 2 hours.
You can travel by minivan between Stung Treng and Banlung. The journey takes around 4 hours and departs at about 07:30am.
You can travel by bus between Stung Treng and Phnom Penh. The journey takes around 10 hours and departs at about 07:00am.
You can travel by bus between Stung Treng and Kratie or Kampong Cham between July and November. The journey takes around 6-8 hours.
Internet bars are starting to appear in most major towns in Cambodia. Connection speeds vary as does the quality of the computers. The best places to go online definately are Phnom Penh and Siem Reap and outside of these centers it's generally also more expensive. In general prices are not much more than US1-2 an hour. Remember to take off your shoes when you enter as a sign of respect and to watch out for small shrines that are on the ground.
See also: International Telephone Calls
The country code of Cambodia is 855. To call out of Cambodia, dial 001 followed by the country code and telephone number of the other party. Many of the internet bars also have international calling options and you can also arrange calls at post offices. Services are usually run by the governmental telecommunication network Camintel. You can find telephone cards in many shops, starting from serveral US dollars to around US$50. Samart, Mobitel and Shinawrata are the main mobile phone providers, with Mobitel offering the best and most widespread services, although calling from outside towns (countryside) is still tricky.
Cambodia's national postal service offers a wide range of services, though in general things go slowly and are not always very reliable. That said, things have been getting better over the years, and you can expect for your postcard or letter to finally arrive after 5-10, depending from where you send it (avoid small towns) and to where you send it. Prices are around 2000-2,500 Riel to countries in Europe, Asia, Australia and North America, and it's slightly more expensive sending it from more remote places in the provinces. Post offices in Cambodia generally are open from around 8:00am to 5:00pm, with some regional variations. Sendings parcels is only possible from the capital Phnom Penh and it's very expensive as well. You might be better to send it from Thailand, or otherwise check private companies like DHL, TNT or UPS, which are more reliable and might even be cheaper!
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