Kratie is a mellow riverside in the town, it has an expansive riverfront and some of the best Mekong sunsets in Cambodia. It is the most popular place in the country to see Irrawaddy dolphins, which live in the Mekong River. There is a rich legacy of French-era architecture, as it was spared the wartime bombing that destroyed so many other provincial centres.
Many visitors go here to see the rare freshwater Irrawaddy dolphins found in Kampi, about 15km north of the provincial capital, the swirling waters here are considered one of the best places in the world to catch sight of this critically endangered creature. But Kratie is worth a drop-by for more than just these sacred dolphins. It makes an excellent base for exploring the river and surrounding areas, including the enviably pretty Koh Trong, a three-kilometre long island facing the town’s riverfront. We’re going to utterly abuse the word “lovely” here, because it really is.