Kratie is one of Cambodia’s eastern provinces with sparse population, located on the riverbanks of the Mekong. This is a remote area and covered by jungle. Its capital has the same name and lies also on the banks of the spectacular Mekong River, which strongly highlight the province from the North to the South. The river is not only as the perfectbackground for the province but also as a home for specific specie, the Irrawaddy dolphins. And this rare andbeautiful specie(only about 120 remaining) with hundreds of green islands and circling water draws a great number of visitors each year. Behind the splendor of a tourist destination, Kratie town is peaceful with sandbars and big islands out front and bends in the river. The romance and pleasant feel of the place is also appeared in some roads and houses with French architectural style combined with some awesome homes of Khmer style that witnessed many historical events in the war time.
It seems that Kratie is a complicated place with theinterlacingof peace and excitement. Beside the tranquility of old buildings, a bustling market is not only born to become a noisy and bustling place but also to balance the atmosphere of the province. The real interesting things of this great place arewatching frogs being skinned withsome delicious foods and generally take in rural Cambodian life.
The most memorable thing of this place was the Mekong Riveras well as its banks and this worth to spend one or even two nights to stay. The river scene has a beautiful river boulevard with dozens of snack and drink stands in the late afternoon and evening, making this a nice spot to chill out and watch the people parading by. There are also a few big concrete decks along the river scene. The river road is a great place for a stroll or jog. Enjoy the dramatic sunsets over the Mekong.