Irrawaddy Dolphins – Kratie
In Kratie, there are about fifteen to twenty Irrawaddy dolphins make their home on this beautiful stretch of the Mekong River. They make upward arches, breaking the surface of the water as they swim under water. Irrawaddy dolphins are not jumpers like their sea-faring relatives and are quite a bit shy as well.
In the past, they have been hunted and killed by fishermen. Nowadays, their numbers is slowly increases, as more fishermen in the area are educated to protect the dolphins. In the early morning hours and the late afternoon and early evening hours, dolphins are most active. So you could easily observe them.
You could hire small boat of a local family, then they boat to take you out on the river for a closer look. The charge is 3,500 riel per person. Irrawaddy dolphin population inhabits a 190km stretch of the Mekong River between Cambodia and Lao PDR. According 2008 figures, the latest population is estimated between 64 and 76 members.
Koh Pdao Island
Koh Pdao island is located in Kratie Province, Northeast of Cambodia. It is is well known for its still existing Irrawaddy dolphins living in the Mekong River. You can enjoy the beautiful river view of the Mekong while observing Irrawaddy dolphins swimming next to the boat.
In the evenings beautiful sunsets will turn the river into a golden banner. Enjoying stunning view of Mekong river.
You can help communities through participating in community activities such as digging fish and frog ponds, building chicken and duck pens, farming, etc.
It is takes 45 minutes to drive from Kratie city by taxi or motor taxi, then another 20 to 30 minutes by a slow boat down the Mekong River.
Koh Trong Island
Koh Trong island is famous for its local grapefruit and vegetables. In this island, you would explore the rural Cambodian daily life that is situated in the middle of the Mekong River.
A visit to Koh Trong would give you a visually stunning and relaxing day. If you like, you could extend your vacation with an overnight homestay. In the evening, Koh Trong island is quite quiet with a unique floating village, beaches and farm field. Kayaking or boating on Mekong river would be the great idea for your journey to Koh Trong island.
The best time to explore Koh Trong is from December to May when the beautiful beaches are more accessible and gives a perfect opportunity to camp overnight.
100 Columns Pagoda
The name Vihear Sarsar Mouy Rouy pagoda is translated from Khmer means temple with 100 columns. It has a long history as a site of pilgrimage for the locals of Kratie. It is located at Sam Bor District and 36-kilometer far form Kratie city.
This pagoda was built in 1806. About 100 years later, the temple was damaged by the strong lightening, which caused 22 columns burnt down and the statues dirtied by smoke. Because of this incident, local people pulled down and rebuilt the temple, but it had only 78 columns. Until 1987, the pagoda has been renovated with 35-meter length, 18-meter width, 23-meter height and 116 columns. On January 14, 1998, the temple has completely been renovated.
Phnom Sam Bok Resort is the natural and historical resort. It is situated on the road between Kratie and Kampi and in 11 kilometer far from Kratie town. It is in the middle of a lush forest.
On mountain, there are many kind of animals including monkeys and birds. There is a concrete stair stretching from the mountain foot to the top, and there are many resting place at the mountain. So you could easily to reach the mountaintop. On arrival at the summit, enjoy the stunning panoramic views of the countryside that stretch across the Mekong River.
West Bank of the Mekong River
A visit to the West Bank of Mekong River would be a great idea for the tourists that like the Cambodia adventure tours. It is certain to give you a very authentic experience.
There are many options for you including the cycling tours and motorbike tours. Or a classic tour to visit the peanut farms, mango farms, banana farms, rice whiskey making, rice paddies, palm sugar production, tobacco growing and tobacco production. You can meet the locals and enjoy the meal to better understand the farm life in Cambodia.