The town of Kratie lies in the Northeastern part of Cambodia, it is a small and quaint town on the Mekong River. Which, for most travellers, is considered a wonderful location to break up their journey between Vientiane in Laos and Phnom Penh.
- Quick Information on Cambodia
- Where is Kratie in Cambodia?
- Fun Things To Do in Kratie
- Go Dolphin Watching
- Be Closer with Nature at Phnom Preah
- Enjoy The Wonderful Mekong Sunset
- Explore Koh Trong
- See Vihear Sarsar Mouy Rouy
- Explore Kampi Picnic
- Visit Koh Pdao
- Explore Phnom Sambok
- Enjoy The Culture of Kratie at Phnom Sopor Kaley
- Wander Around the Central Market
- Where To Stay in Kratie Cambodia
- Wrapping Up
Kratie is dotted with old French Colonial buildings, with the backdrop of the stunning Mekong River which offers a one of a kind scene once the sun sets over the river.
Kratie is famous for been able to get up close and personal with the rare Irrawaddy Dolphins.
However, there is other things to do in Kratie. Which ensures that several days spent in Kratie will be more than worth your time.
Quick Information on Cambodia
- Currency: Cambodian riel and US Dollar
- Languages: Khmer, Cham and English
- Population: Over 16 million
- Capital City: Phnom Penh
- Best time to visit Cambodia: The best months to visit Cambodia are between November to February with an average temperature of 26°C. The other months can be as high as 36°C and can be also rainy season.
- How to get there: You can enter Cambodia by fly into as there are flights to most major cities in Cambodia. Also you can enter by land through Thailand, Laos or Vietnam.
Where is Kratie in Cambodia?
Kratie is a town located in the northeast of Cambodia. It has the same name as the province it is located in.
Fun Things To Do in Kratie
What are some of the fun things to do in Kratie Cambodia while you are there? Here is our list of things to do in Kratie.
Go Dolphin Watching
As mentioned earlier, among the top reasons people visit Kratie is to see dolphins in their natural habitat. Kratie serves as the peaceful home of the extremely rare Irrawaddy dolphins living in Mekong River’s freshwater.
There is a tiny school of dolphins living in a small area of the river on the northern part of the town in the tiny village named Kampi.
To go there, you can ride a moto, tuk tuk or you can also rent moto yourself or ride a bicycle. Once you get to the village, you can then hire a boat with a dedicated driver to finally see the friendly dolphins for yourself.
Your can rent a motor boat, that will travel to the site and before you reach the destination, the driver is going to stop the boat’s engine and paddled the rest of the way. This is done to avoid disturbing the dolphins.
You are free to stay in the area for around an hour to watch the dolphins playing around in the water.
Be Closer with Nature at Phnom Preah
If you are a nature lover, Phnom Preah is a great spot you shouldn’t miss out on visiting. This amazing nature reserve attracts both local and foreign visitors. This is situated about 30 km outside the town of Kratie in the Chrauy Thmar Leu Village.
The nature reserve of Phnom Preah serves as the home to number small mammals and birds species, with the site being looked after by many conservationists.
If you love to watch birds and other kinds of rare animals, it should be on top of your list to visit during your time in Kratie.
Enjoy The Wonderful Mekong Sunset
Kratie boasts of some of the most picturesque Mekong sunsets you will not see in any other part of Cambodia or even the whole world itself.
This is definitely should be on any list of things to do on Kratie Cambodia.
Tourists and locals alike love heading down to the river at about 7 pm in the evening to watch as the sun slowly sinks down on the river. Nothing beats this sight at the end of a long day.
Explore Koh Trong
It’s actually a long island on the Mekon River and may be seen from Kratie’s riverbank. If you want to experience the real rural Cambodia, this is a great place as it allows you to enjoy a peaceful and relaxing bike ride.
Rent a bike in town and take this across to the island on a small ferry boat, which crosses the river every hour. However, it won’t leave until, it has enough passengers.
The ferry around the island leaves from the port in town, which leads to the river bank.
Just hop on the boat and they’ll collect the money for fare. Then, the ferry will pull up at the river bank on the island.
See Vihear Sarsar Mouy Rouy
This is a highly recognised pagoda due to its rich history. For all Kratie residents, it is also a place for pilgrimage.
The name of the place basically means Temple with 100 Columns, which was constructed in the sixteenth century under the throne of King Chann Reachea.
This pagoda included a hundred wooden columns to commemorate Vorakpheak’s memory, which is the daughter of the king.
Explore Kampi Picnic
In the province of Kratie, you will enjoy nature by visiting Kampi Picnic, which can be found alongside Mekong River.
Although it’s a small archipelago, it attracts a lot of visitors due to its beautiful streams where tourists can swim and bathe.
But, Kampi is only a seasonal attraction and may be visited only during dry season from the January to May.
Visit Koh Pdao
Another island known around Mekong River is Kohh Pdao, where visitors can have a chance to see the rare Irrawaddy river dolphins.
During your tour, you will travel up to Mekong River and you will be able to observe the lives of some Cambodians living in Koh Pdao.
If you would like to stay overnight, there are some home stays that can be arranged.
Explore Phnom Sambok
It’s a hill that’s covered by different types of trees that are labeled with their scientific names.
At the hilltop, visitors may visit a temple and some cottages that serve as the residences of the nuns, clergymen and Buddhist monks.
Enjoy The Culture of Kratie at Phnom Sopor Kaley
It’s a cultural and historical spot that’s located at Prek Prasob district and Chambok commune. For you to reach this place, you have to take River Road, which is 15 km west of Chhlong.
You will also have to cross Mekong River through ferry to reach the Chambok Village. Visitors may go to the mountain’s foot through the laterited road. Which is about 800 steps up to the mountain top.
Visitors may also enjoy the views of the rural areas and other places around Mekong River.
Wander Around the Central Market
All Cambodia towns have a central market. Kratie isn’t an exception as this is the center of everything in the town and it’s absolutely a great place to wander around.
However, never expect to purchase souvenirs in the central market. Which is a local market where some people come to purchase household items, clothes and fresh produce.
Where To Stay in Kratie Cambodia
Kratie has a good variety of guest houses, hostels and hotels. Here are a few places to check out and give you an idea of what is available in Kratie Cambodia.
Remember to check the reviews and book a place that suits you interests while traveling.
Rajabori Villas Resort
Rating 8.4, Prices start from $61 for Double room
Rajabori Villas Resort offers a restaurant, free Wi-Fi and free bicycle rental services. Fitted with wooden wall panels and flooring, rooms have large windows that overlook the garden.
All units are equipped with a fan, work desk and comfortable seating area.
Le Tonlé Guesthouse
Rating 8.8, Prices start from $20 for Double room with shared bathroom
Le Tonlé Guesthouse & Restaurant offers a in house restaurant and a bar. And also offers free Wi-Fi.
Star Backpackers Guesthouse
Rating 7.2, Prices start from $6 for Double room
9 km from Phnom Sambok Pagoda. Star Backpackers Guesthouse is set in Kratie and features a terrace and free WiFi throughout the property.
Finally, Kratie is a good place to stop for a few days and do some exploring and meet some rare dolphins. All you have to do is to choose the activities you want to do and start enjoying what Kratie has to offer.
And that’s it for now! I’d love to know if this guide on the things to do in Kratie Cambodia has helped you. Let me know if you have any questions and let me know if there is more to add.