Steung Treng was once called Satung Teng after a Laotian monk, who founded the place. The province and the city are located near the Lao border. Many travelers fro Pakse make a stop here, to relax on the Mekong riverbanks, but also to watch the remaining river dolphins. The most famous person from Steung Trang was Sinn Sisamouth, the father of the modern Khmer music. His songs are still played at every occasion, from official events to weddings and birthday parties.
Stung Treng includes also the western chunk of the massive Virachey National Park, accessible from Siem Pang, a small beautiful town on the Tonle Kong. The San River is fronted in Stung Treng by a nice stretch of paved road. It's the centre of socializing (as in most Cambodian river towns) in the late afternoon and early evening hours as the locals ride up and down the stretch enjoying the view and each other. Drink and dessert stands spring up earlier to serve the daily merrymaking crowd.