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Kratie Province

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Kratié is one of Cambodia’s eastern provinces with less population, who make their lives on the riverbanks of the Mekong. Beyond the riverbanks it is a remote place with almost no population and thick-forested areas to calm down. The provincial capital is also called Kratié and lies also on the banks of the mighty Mekong River, which emboss the province from the North to the South.

The stretch of the river around Kratié town is home to a group of rare sweet water Irrawaddy dolphins. Therefore the dolphins are the main tourist attraction of the province and the town. The river also has hundreds of green island, and circling water, which are also attracting some tourists.

Kratie town is sleepy but picturesque with sandbars and big islands out front and bends in the river. Unlike in many towns around Cambodia, the war years were fairly kind to the French architecture and the roads, at least in the town itself.

There are some nice-looking homes of French and Khmer style scattered about, adding to the pleasant feel of the place. You’ll also find a bustling market which is a great place to watch frogs being skinned (and escaping first through the holes in the nets), sample some delicious foods (such as freshly grilled corn cakes) and generally take in rural Cambodian life.

The rare freshwater Irrawaddy dolphins make their home in the Mekong River, just north of Kratie. With only around 120 remaining, they are surely worth a visit.

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. The river scene of Kratie 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.

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Geogrpahy

Kratié is one of Cambodia’s eastern provinces with less population, who make their lives on the riverbanks of the Mekong. Beyondthe riverbanks it is a remote place with almost no population and thick-forested areas to calm down. The provincial capital is also called Kratié and lies also on the banks of the mighty Mekong River, which emboss the province from the North to the South.

The stretch of the river around Kratié town is home to a group of rare sweet water Irrawaddy dolphins. Therefore the dolphins are the main tourist attraction of the province and the town. The river also has hundreds of green island, and circling water, which are alsoattracting some tourists.Kratie town is sleepy but picturesque with sandbars and big islandsout front and bends in the river. Unlike in many towns aroundCambodia, the war years were fairly kind to the French architecture and the roads, at least in the town itself.

There are some nice-looking homes of French and Khmer style scattered about, adding to the pleasant feel of the place. You’ll also find a bustling market which is a great place to watch frogs being skinned (and escaping first through the holes in the nets), sample some delicious foods (such as freshly grilled corn cakes) and generally take in rural Cambodian life.

Population

Kratié is one of Cambodia’s eastern provinces with less population, who make their lives on the riverbanks of the Mekong. Beyond the riverbanks it is a remote place with almost no population and thick-forested areas to calm down. The provincial capital is also called Kratié and lies also on the banks of the mighty Mekong River, which emboss the province from the North to the South.

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Economy

In an effort to entice foreign investment, the province is offering generous business concessions to those who wish to invest in rubber plantations inside the country. Kampong Cham and Kratie have an abundance of red soil and water resources, which create ideal conditions for the cultivation of rubber. Generally, the people make their living from rubber and cashew nut plantation, fishing, rice farming and producing a rich array of fruits in fertile orchards, including durian, rambutans and lychees.

Tourist Attractions

Dolphin Habitat

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Dolphin Habitat is15 km (15mn) From Provincial Irrawaddy Dolphins about fifteen to twenty of these rare freshwater Town. Location: Kampee Village, Sambok.

Irrawaddy Dolphins 

Irrawaddy Dolphins about fifteen to twenty of these rare freshwater dolphins make their home on a beautiful stretch of the Mekong River near a small.

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Chruoy Rey

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The Chruoy Rey in Kratie is situated at the Kantring Village in the Kaoch Trong Commune. The elegant structures lodged inside the premises of the Chruoy Rey in Kratie occupy an important place in the history of Kratie. The Chruoy Rey,  Kratie has become one of the popular tourist attractions in Kratie. The Kratie Chruoy Rey welcomes hordes of local as well as international visitors throughout the year. 

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The 100-Column Pagoda

The 100-Column Pagoda is located at Sam Bor District in 36kilometer 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. It was built in 1806 and the size is 30 Meters x 30 Meters.

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Waterfall of Cham Pey

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Waterfall Of Cham Pey is the natural resort locating at 35-kilometer distance from the provincial town along the road No 68. The resort consists of waterfall at the mountain valley, big rock having 500-square meter size, mountain full of trees and a lot of orchids and other colorful varied flowers. At 500-meter distance from the waterfall, there is another natural and cultural resort, which has been arranged and organized by monks who make their meditation there. This resort named Rut Cham Pey having many varied statues depicting the process of human life-born and died and other religion and animal figures.

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Sambor Town

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The Sambor Town, Kratie is one of the well known Tourist Attractions in Kratie. This is the most ancient Hindu state of Indochina, whose history goes back to the 1st century A.D. The Sambor Town, Kratie is known by the name of Fou Nan which was given to it by the Chinese. The capital of the Sambor Town was positioned in the present Cambodian province of Prey Veng. The dynasty claims to have traced its origins from Brahmane Kaundinya, who had come from India.The Sambor Town, Kratie dates back to the Sanskrit registrations which date back to the 3rd century AD. This structure comes from the Chinese texts. The first embassy of the Fou Nan in the court of China dates of the year 225. The Fou Nan Empire collapsed in the 6th century, under the pressure of the vassal state, Kambuja to the north of Cambodia. One of the kings, Icanavarman I, based his capital at Sambor Prei Kuk, for which tourists admire the ruins at the Sambor Town 30 kms northeast of Kompong Thom.

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Kampi Resort

Kampi Resort is the great natural resort providing shelter to Dolphins. it is located near naional Road No.7, about 15  Kilometers north of the provincial town. 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.

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Discover Province of Kratie is researched by Lowell Cole and Boran Tum.

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