Dolphin Watching at Kratie
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December 9th, 2008 – by: kian79
The bus just stopped briefly and dropped off some locals. I just continued sitting for another 5 minutes and finally sensed something was wrong knowing that the bus had travelled long enough and frantically called out to the bus driver, "Kratie! Kratie!" The driver didn't really understand what I was trying to say because they pronounce "Kratie" as "Ka-che". Thankfully he finally understood what I meant and told me to get off. I probably will be heading further north for another 3-6 hrs had I missed the stop.
Kratie is a small province beside the Mekong river. It is also the best place to find the very rare river dolphins Irrawaddy.
I thought I did my research well on accommodation and had decided on staying in this guesthouse called You Hong. As usual, I had people rushing to me recommending a 'good' guesthouse where they would be paid commission. I politely declined all of them and just told that I would be staying in You Hong. I just need directions to the place. Well, some 'kind' soul whom couldn't get any commission from me directed me to You Hong II saying that its their new branch, clean and bigger. I actually believed him, and got a room in You Hong II only to realized later that You Hong just a few blocks away was the real deal.
The funny thing is I actually went over to You Hong guesthouse to book a tour with them, knowing that they should be more reputable since they were highly recommended on Lonely Planet and on the internet. I also met a nice friendly couple from France (Adrian and his girlfriend) where we went on the dolphin watch trip together. It was a 30-40 minute ride by motocycle to the Kampi Irrawaddy dolphin viewing site. Nothing beats a nice relaxing ride in the countryside. No heavy traffic, no smoke, just fresh air and great views of the villages and the surrounding sights.
I end the day with dinner and drinks with Adrian and his girlfriend were we had a nice chat about our own countries and the places we had visited. I am leaving for Phnom Penn next day morning. Come to think of it, I could have stayed for another day at Kratie just because of its serenity.
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