Here are top things to see & do in Kratie:
One of the most popular places to stop on the Cambodia Package Tours includes visiting the Irrawaddy dolphins. They are a common sight in Kratie and have helped to boost the local economy thanks to the interest from travelling visitors. It is possible to view these majestic creatures throughout the year by signing up for a local boat trip. The dolphins can be found deep in the Mekong pool that is close to the Kampi village and about 15 km north of Kratie. This popular tourist attraction has done a lot to help the town recover after years of neglect. The Irrawaddy Dolphins can weigh up to 150 kg, grow to a length of 2.75 m and have a lifespan of up to 30 years.
Plus the most favourable times to visit to the dolphins is very early in the morning or late in the afternoon.
Mekong Turtle Conservation Centre
The Mekong Turtle Conservation Centre has been established to protect several species of turtle including the very rare Cantor's shoftshell, which was recently discovered in this region of the Mekong River. This particular species of turtle have the ability to grow up to 2 m in length. The baby hatchlings are kept at the conservation Centre for nearly 10 months before being later released into the wild.
100 Columns Pagoda
The well-known pagoda of Vihear Sarsar Mouy Rouy (means temple with 100 columns) has a long history as a site of pilgrimage for the locals of Kratie. This pagoda was first constructed for King Chann Reachea in the 16th century. The 100 columns are there to commemorate the memory of the king's daughter, Vorakpheak.
West Bank of the Mekong River
For the tourists that like the Cambodia adventure tours that go off the beaten track, a visit to the West Bank of the Mekong River is certain to give a very authentic experience. There is a choice of touring options in the region, including the cycling tours and motorbike tours. A complete tour of the area makes it possible to see the peanut farms, mango farms, banana farms, rice whiskey making, rice paddies, palm sugar production, tobacco growing and tobacco production. Plus, there is the option to meet the locals and enjoy the meal to better understand the farm life in Cambodia.
Also, Kratie makes it possible to experience some of the finest Mekong sunsets you are likely to see. Many tourists and locals take the short trip to the river at about 7PM in the evening to watch as the sun slowly sets over the river. This makes a very relaxing way to finish the sightseeing.
Phnom Sombok is in the middle of a lush forest and is a two Peaked Hill with one including an active Wat and situated on the road between Kratie and Kampi. The local forest is filled with wildlife, including monkeys and birds. The mountaintop is easily accessible by taking the concrete staircase to the top. On arrival at the summit you are able to benefit from the stunning panoramic views of the countryside that stretch across the Mekong River.
Koh Trong is an island of market gardens and homestays that are famous for the local grapefruit and vegetables. This island is a perfect example of the rural Cambodian life that is situated in the middle of the Mekong River and virtually opposite the Kratie riverfront. On any Cambodia vacation tours, a visit to Koh Trong can give a visually stunning and relaxing day that can be extended if preferred with an overnight homestay. The actual island is very quiet with a unique floating village, beaches and surrounded by farmland. Other attractions in the local area include a kayak or boat trip around the local Koh Trong waters.
A great time to travel to Koh Trong is December to May when the beautiful beaches are more accessible and gives a perfect opportunity to camp overnight.
Koh Phdao is a further destination in Kratie that makes it possible to immerse yourself in the local culture with a homestay experience. This beautiful and peaceful island is in the region of 36 km from the main town and close to Sambor which is popular for the Mekong Turtle Conservation Centre and 100 Pillars Pagoda. In addition, this island is home to a variety of CRDT's projects which make it possible to learn about the lives of the local community. Local culture, rare creatures, natural delights and sweeping riparian landscapes make it possible to really appreciate the beauty of this island destination.
A seasonal attraction (only available from January to May) in the region is the Kampi Rapids which are approximately 16 km from the main town of Kratie. This is a great natural site with streams that let visitors swim and bathe. This area also includes access to a diverse range of Khmer food; including local specialties such as the Chak Chreng dish (a species of snail that only lives in this particular area).