Kratie, a sleepy colonial town on the bank of Mekong River, is located in northern Cambodia. Sandbars and green islands, circling water stand out of the meandering river where rare freshwater Irrawaddy dolphins can often be seen in the Mekong River, just north of Kratie, only around fifteen to twenty remaining, they are main tourist attraction of the province.
Whether you are just on a trip seeing the river towns along the Mekong or taking a full circuit trip around the east and northeast, Kratie is a nice place to spend a night or two day. The town itself is quiet yet has a compulsive charm.
Attraction in Kratie
The 100-Column Pagoda is located at Sam Bor District in 36-kilometer distance, North of the provincial town by the National Road No 7. The special features of Sar Sar-100 pagoda are: The 100-column pagoda was built on the place where the Royal Palace temple of Sam Phu Borak Capital of the Chen La time located. At the area, there are four-Buddist temples facing to different directions: 1- Vihear Lao faces to the West 2- Vihear Sar Sar-100 faces to the North 3- Vihear Kork Keut faces to the East 4- Vihear Kork faces to the South (this Buddhist temple has only base and mark remain).
During the Khmer New Year, the local people who live near the former sam Phu Bo Rak Capital usually celebrate the four-day festival by starting at Vihear Sar Sar-100 first, then Vihear Kork and Vihear Lao lastly. Background of Vihear Sar Sar-100: Was built in 1806 and the size is 30 Meters x 30 Meters. In the former time, at the 100th column, was thatched by Preah Ang Chan Reachea II for dedicating to the power of Vihear sar sar-100 to maintain the soul of Preah Neang Varakak, his daughter who was swallowed by the crocodile, Nen Thun. Vihear Sar Sar-100 is different to other temples because it faces to the North.
Kampi Resort is the great natural resort providing shelter to Dolphins. When we travel along the National Road No.7 to the North about 15 Kilometers from the provincial town, we will arrive at a bridge of Prek Kampi where we have seen a very novel view of the Mekong River consisting of thousands of islands full of green water plants. Usually from January to May, there are local and international visitors, who call on the Kampi resort for swimming, especially during the Khmer New Year.
Kampi resort has special features such as:
– The resort is closed to the National Road, assured safety and has large parking sites for motocycles and cars.
– The riverbank is full of sand, and there are many islands assuring the visit of thousands of visitors.
– The water is clear as mirror, has 0.5-1.30 meter depth and flows with undangerous speed. Kam Py resort has not only the good natural manner, but also been provided the good servises for visitors such as the crossing bridge, floating cottages, soft-drink shops, restaurants, emergency agency, guards and security as well. Nowadays, the provincial tourist office has endeavored to upgrade arranging the resort to be better and more attractive.
The Dolphin Habitat, Kratie is a spectacular wildlife and nature reserve of Kratie. The Dolphin Habitat, Kratie is a favorite haven for the nature lovers and the wildlife conservationists. The Dolphin Habitat in Kratie is situated at Kampee Village in the Sambok Commune. The Dolphin Habitat, Kratie is only 15 kilometers away from the provincial town of Kratie.
Besides being a wonderful tourist hub the Dolphin Habitat, Kratie also plays a significant role in the conservation of dolphins. The amazing spectacle of the playful dolphins splashing in water is indeed a feast for the eyes. The Kratie Dolphin Habitat is considered one of the notable tourist attractions in Kratie. The Dolphin Habitat, Kratie has attained extreme popularity with the kids. The Dolphin Habitat, Kratie is also one of the preferred destinations of the foreign visitors. The Dolphin Habitat, Kratie is one of the must see places in Kratie.