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Seventy kilometres north of Kampong Cham on the east bank of the Mekong, Kratie is a charming, cheerful little town; best known for its dolphins which live in the Mekong River in ever-diminishing numbers. Roughly 80 of the dwindling population of these dolphins make their home off the village of Kampi, 20 kilometres north of Kratie. The swirling waters here are considered one of the best places in the world to catch sight of this critically endangered creature. Dolphin-watching trips can also be easily combined with a visit to the lovely hilltop meditation centre of Phnom Sambok and the temple and turtle conservation project at Sambor, further upriver, while the chance to explore nearby river islands, go kayaking or head off along the Mekong Discovery Trail may tempt you to linger longer.
Kratie has an expansive riverfront and some of the best Mekong sunsets in Cambodia. The town itself makes a pleasant spot to rest up for a night or two, with a decent clutch of hotels and some good restaurants lined up along the serene riverside. There is a rich legacy of French-era architecture, as it was spared the wartime bombing that destroyed so many other provincial centres.
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Kratie (pronounced kra-chey), a tiny town in northeastern Cambodia, is the most popular place in the country to see Mekong Irrawaddy dolphins.
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Best Time to Visit Kratie
The best time to visit Kratie and its surroundings is during the dry season from November to February. Also, the spring atmosphere makes you feel comfortable and energetic to go outside. In general, the Kratie weather is similiar to the rest of Cambodia.
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Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Kratie, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists. Alternatively, if you would like to include a visit to Kratie on a bespoke touring itinerary to Cambodia, do not hesitate to contact us.
RV Mekong Pandaw is one of the best luxury Mekong Delta cruises that float from Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) in Vietnam to Siem Reap in Cambodia. With this you will see the best of Indochina, from the French colonial cities of Saigon and Phnom Penh to the World Heritage Site of Angkor with its amazing Khmer temples.
Sail on the mighty Mekong River to observe the freshwater Irrawaddy dolphins at Kampi, 15 km north of Kratie. Visit the well-known Wat Sorsor Mouy Roy in Sambour Village. Cycle around the peaceful island of Koh Trong, chat with villagers, learn a little about their unique cultures.