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Kratie Province

General information The province is subdivided into 5 districts; Chhlong, Kratie, Prek Prasab, Sambor & Snoul. - Area : 11,094sq km - Population : 302,113 (2008) - Density : 24/km2 Kratie is situated along the east Mekong riverbank.

  • Kampi Picnic

    Kampi Picnic

    Kampi is a natural attraction in Kratie Province that is situated alongside the Mekong River, approximately 16 km from Kratie City and 1 km north of Kampi Dolphin. A small archipelago, Kampi attracts visitors with beautiful streams where visitors can bathe and swim. Kampi is a seasonal attraction and can be visited only during the dry season from January to May.

    All sorts of Khmer food are sold at Kampi, including the famous local food is Chak Chreng dish (Chak Chreng is a species of snail living only in Kampi area).

    Accommodations and food are arranged by the local community. 

    Kampi is a very popular picnic area for Khmer families on weekends and at Khmer New Year.


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  • Kampi Dolphin Site

    Kampi Dolphin Site

    Kampi is the name of a small village situated at the east bank of the Mekong River, 15km north of Kratie on the old National Road 7.

    Kampi is the best place in Cambodia to see the rare Mekong River Dolphin. Kampi Dolphin pool is the most inhabited dolpin pool in the Mekong River with about 20 dolphins. Kampi Dolphin Site was established in 1999 to welcome international and local tourists and for scientific researchers to study the Mekong River Dolphin.

    There are motor boats available to shuttle visitors out of the Mekong River to see Dolphin at close quarters. The best time to see Dolphin is at dry season early morning and late afternoon.


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  • Phnom Sambok

    Phnom Sambok

    Phnom Sambok is a hill is covered by various kinds of trees labeled with scientific names. At the top of the hill, tourists can visit a small temple, and cottages that serve as residencies for Buddhist monks, clergymen, and nuns. 


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  • Vihear Sarsar Mouy Rouy

    Vihear Sarsar Mouy Rouy

    Vihear Sarsar Mouy Rouy is a pagoda well-known for its history and as a place of pilgrimage for residents of Kratie. Vihear Sarsar Mouy Rouy, meaning 'Temple with 100 columns', was first built in the 16th century by King Chann Reachea. The pagoda included 100 wooden columns to commemorate the memory of his daughter Vorakpheak. 

    The pagoda is located in Sambor town, 36 km from Kratie. To get there, take the old N R 7 along the River bank 24 km to Sandan village and continue northward 12 km by the River road to Sambo. 

    HISTORY OF VIHEAR SARSAR MOUY ROUY

    In the 16th century, King Chann Reachea reigned over the country and lived in the former capital City of Oudong. He had a daughter named Vorakpheak. Once the daughter was ill, he commanded his servants to invite the head of Buddhist monastery at Neak Sen pagoda (located at Chrouy Banteay commune Prek Prasop district) to cure his daughter’s illness. While the head of the monk was absent from the pagoda, Nen Thun his favorite student who learnt white magic spell secretly, and then he was magically transformed into a crocodile called “Crocodile Nen Thun”. When the teacher returned, Nen Thun had become a crocodile and could not turn to be a human being.

    Then he always took his teacher on his back to cure the king’s daughter. One day, a mighty crocodile called Sopor Kaley, that wanted to challenge with Nen Thun, stopped Nen Thun while he was carrying his teacher on the way back from the palace.

    The two crocodiles then started fighting. As Nen Thun could not find way to save his teacher, he decided to swallow his teacher into his stomach to keep safe for a while. The fighting lasted 3 days and 3 night, and finally Sopor Kaley was defeated and then died and suddenly turn into a mountain presently called Sopor Kaley. When Nen Thun threw out his teacher from his stomach, he was alredy dead. Nen Thun was very sorry and determined to kill he king’s daughter because he thought that she was the cause of his teacher’s death. Nen Thun  swam quietly and suddenly swallowed the king’s daughter who was playing at the Royal Palace port. 

    King Chann Reachea commanded his confidants to follow Nen Thun until they reached the place now known as Sambor caught crocodile (Nen Thun) there and cut open the crocodile’s stomach to get the king’s daughter out. 

    The king decided to bury her corpse in Sambor and build a 100-column pagoda to dedicate to the spirit of his daughter.


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  • Phnom Preah

    Phnom Preah

    Phnom Preah is a historical and cultural site 1 km west of Chhlong Market. It has a small hermitage and a big Buddha statue that people from different places visit. It is said that big Buddha statue was made of Tatrao wood floating along the Mekong river from Laos that got stuck at the port of a pagoda now known as Seila Noti Chholng. Laymen and laywomen at the pagoda took the statue and kept him at the pagoda for worship.

    Later, statue told the residents in their dreams that moving the statue to a hill behind that village would bring good health and prosperity. The people did, and since then the villagers have called that hill “Phnom Preah."


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  • Phnom Sopor Kaley

    Phnom Sopor Kaley

    It is a historical and cultural tourist spot located at Chambok commune, Prek Prasob district along the north side of the Mekong River, 45 km to the southwest of the provincial town. 

    To get there, take the River Road 15 km west of Chhlong and cross the Mekong River by ferry to Chambok village. Visitors can go to the foot of the mountain through a laterited road about 800 concrete steps up to the top of the mountain. Tourists can enjoy the views of rural and from areas and the Mekong River.

    According to a legend, Sopor Kalei mountain took the name after crocodile Sopor Kalei, who was defeated by Nen Thun. When it died, it turned to be the mountain called Sopor Kalei.


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  • Koh Pdao

    Koh Pdao

    At Koh Pdao, an island in the Mekong, visitors will find the Koh Pdao Dolphin Pool, one of the few places where you can spot the rare Irrawaddy river dolphin.

    During the Community Development Tour, visitors travel up the Mekong River from Kratie to Koh Pdao Island and observe the lives of Cambodians on Koh Pdao. Home stays can be arranged.


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