In Northeastern Cambodia lies a small and quaint town on Mekong River called Kratie, which, for most travelers, can be considered as a wonderful location to break up their journey between Laos and Phnom Penh.
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The central market of Kratie is dotted with old French Colonial buildings, backdropped by the stunning Mekong River which offers a one of the kind scene once the sun sets in the sky.
Most visitors to Kratie come here mainly to be up close and personal with the rare Irrawaddy Dolphins in this laid back part of the world. However, there is so many other things to do in Kratie. Which ensures that several days spent here will be more than worth your time and money.
To give you an idea, here are the top things to do in Kratie Cambodia that will surely make you want to come back to this place over and over again!
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.
This is definitely one of the more popular things to do in Kratie Cambodia.
There is a tiny school of dolphins living in a small area of the river around 15 kilometers 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 for yourself as the dolphins come out of the water for air.
Be Closer with Nature at Phnom Preah
If you are a nature lover, Phnom Preah is the best spot you shouldn’t miss visiting. This amazing nature reserve attracts both local and foreign visitors. This is situated about 30 kilometers 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 Kratie trip.
Bask in the Wonderful Mekong Sunset
Kratie boasts of some of the most picturesque Mekong sunsets you will never see in other parts 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 in the evening to watch as the sun slowly sinks down on the river. Nothing beats this sight to end your 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 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.
Be Amazed with Vihear Sarsar Mouy Rouy
This is a highly recognized 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.
See More Nature at 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 month of January to the month of May.
Spot a Rare Irrawaddy River Dolphin at 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 in this place, 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 like an overnight experience, there are some home stays that can be arranged.
Be Enlightened at Phnom Sambok
It’s a hill that’s covered by different types of trees that are labeled with their scientific names. At the hilltop, the tourists may visit a temple and some cottages that serve as the residences of the nuns, clergymen and Buddhist monks.
Know More about the History and 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 kilometers 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 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 is Kratie Located in Cambodia
Here is the location of Kratie on the map.
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 if you are planning to visit Kratie.
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 peaceful retreat in traditional Cambodian accommodation. This 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 accommodation in Kratie. Guests can enjoy meals at the in-house restaurant or have a drink at the bar.
Le Tonlé Guesthouse & Restaurant features free WiFi.
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, once you visit Kratie, you will have plenty of places to visit, explore, discover and with many more things to do in Kratie Cambodia. All you have to do is to choose the activities you prefer 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 you go too.