Kratie, nothing to write home about, Cambodia

To get to Kratie from Kampong Cham, you have two options. Taking longer route via Suong ( 4 Hours) or shorter minivan route via Chhlong( 2 and half). Just turn up around the Phnom Penh bakery by the Caltex petrol station. Ticket costs $6.

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For Kratie(pronounced Kra-che), the city didn’t impress me at all. I walked around the whole city, east-west, north-south, and river front but could not reveal any element of the city being attractive.

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Not too busy street scene.

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In Kratie, you will see lots of street vendors selling this vertically displayed bamboo tube stuff.

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It is called Krolan, a bamboo tube inside which steamed sticky rice in coconut with bean and is sold  by weight, so the vendor puts it on a scale and yells out the price. Going rate? 7000 Riel a Kg. Grab a decent size tube it will probably costs about 2000 Riel(50 cents)

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The mobile truck is for Khmer Ice Cream.

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The vendor scoops  two flavours together in a cup. Usually coconut and chocolate then pours down a lot of condensed milk over, finally sprinkles with crushed roast peanut. Taste? Order one more. One cup is only 2000 Riel.

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I stayed at Silver Dolphin Guest House in a dorm room for $3. Although this place doesn’t offer you flashest room, they got very good rooftop bar over Mekong. A lovely spot for reading books, writing your blog over a bottle of beer.

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Basic meals like a noodle and fried rice can be had here too.

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Another place you might want to check is Tokae restaurant. French owner offers mainly on Khmer food.

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I could not get the name of this Wat.

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A bit spooky if you have a closer look of the top of pillar. Humans are holding the roof and they could be women by the look of those.

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Mekong looks mighty when the water level is high.

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Locals pump the music out to the limit and dance in rows.

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At 6:38 in the morning, students are already at the primary school next to the guest house giving all the guest in hostel an wake-up call.

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