Stung Treng Province: A Bounty of Life along the Magnificent Mekong River

  • Chhut Chheana / USAID Wonders of the Mekong
  • May 2, 2021 1:28 PM

Stung Treng Province, located in northern Cambodia just south of the border of Lao PDR, is an area rich in natural resources, with more forests, wildlife, minerals, and aquatic species than any other province.

The Mekong River flows over the Lao border to meet the Sekong River in the provincial town of Stung Treng, where the river joins with the Sesan and Srepok rivers.

There is a 37 kilometer stretch of the Mekong River that starts just north of the Lao border to the provincial town of Stung Treng which has been designated as a Ramsar site, or a wetland of special importance.  This site is home to many migratory fish species.

Every day in the morning, a variety of fish, large and small, are brought by fishermen from all over the province, especially from the Ramsar site in the Mekong River, to be sold at the Stung Treng Fish Market. Besides fish, farmers from the province also bring a variety of vegetables, to sell at the market, as seen in the photos.

The water of the Mekong River makes it possible for such crops to grow. These examples, along with many others, make it clear that the Mekong River is very important for human life, fish, and other aquatic animals to prosper. “The Mekong River is the river of life for Cambodia.” 


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