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A pretty, bustling town with plenty of character, Kratie is a popular stopover point on the overland route into Cambodia from Laos.

Irrawaddy dolphins of Kratie

It is known for its small population of rare Irrawaddy dolphins. There are thought to be only 75 remaining and conservationists are working hard to preserve their habitat. Fortunately for visitors, they are reasonably easy to spot as they arc above the river waters, particularly during the dry season.


A short drive south of Kratie, the sleepy town of Chhlong makes an alternative base as it has an interesting market and some attractive colonial buildings: these include the gorgeous Relais de Chhlong, a stunning French mansion overlooking the Mekong, which has recently been converted into a hotel.

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Suggested itinerary featuring Kratie & Chhlong

This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Kratie & Chhlong, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Our expert guides to exploring Kratie & Chhlong

    Written by our specialists from their own experiences of visiting Kratie & Chhlong, these guides will help you make the most of your time there. We share both our practical recommendations and the best ways to appreciate Kratie & Chhlong at its best.

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      Cambodia family vacations: timeworn temples and jungle adventures

      Cambodia family vacations: timeworn temples and jungle adventures

      Cambodia specialist, and Siem Reap ex-resident, George explains why he sees Cambodia as an ideal family vacation destination. He has picked out experiences that are suitable for children, from exploring temples deep in the jungle to counting the gemstones in Phnom Penh’s glimmering Royal Palace.

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    Accommodation choices for Kratie & Chhlong

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Kratie & Chhlong. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    Ideas for experiencing Kratie & Chhlong

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Kratie & Chhlong, and which use the best local guides.

    • Search for Irrawaddy Dolphins
      Irrawaddy dolpin

      Search for Irrawaddy Dolphins

      Search for Irrawaddy Dolphins

      Sometimes the best sightings are to be had from the high embankment where you can scan a wide area of water and have a distinct advantage over the water level views of those in boats.

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