Kratie: An Introduction
Kratie is a delightfully energetic, colonial-style town situated on the banks of the Mekong River. Most visitors arrive in the hope of a glimpse of the towns famous Irrawaddy dolphins, often to be seen frolicking 10km's to the north of Kratie. The best time of the year to see the dolphins is between March and August when the waters are lower however the dolphins can be spotted year-round. Try and avoid lunchtimes when sightings are less frequent than in the early morning or later afternoon.
Kratie acts as a convenient stop-off point between the Siem Reap or Phnom Penh and the more remote north-eastern province of Ratanakiri or en route to the south of Laos.
Central Cambodia is a fascinating region of Asia to travel through, with a number of Colonial-era towns and French rubber plantations to explore en route.