Photo: Riverside scenes, Kratie.



For a town of this size, Kratie has a good range of hotels and guesthouses to choose from.

Where to stay in Kratie
Backpacker - Under US$10

Kratie is the capital of the same-named province in northeast Cambodia, some six to seven hours north of the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh by bus. Known for a couple of pods of dolphins to the north of town, it’s a low-key destination that is popular among travellers who either have the time or who are not intent on blowing straight through to Phnom Penh or Siem Reap. While some Cambodian towns... Read our full review of Where to stay in Kratie.

Balcony Guesthouse & Restaurant
Backpacker - Under US$10
T: (016) 604 036

Of all the guesthouses in Kratie, Balcony is the most backpackerish with an excellent upstairs balcony that is ideal for the sunset and meeting other travellers while simultaneously serving up some solid Khmer and Western dishes. The rooms are large, with the upstairs river-view one being especially good value -- there's enough space they could fit in a table-tennis table. It could do with a coat... Read our full review of Balcony Guesthouse & Restaurant.

Heng Heng II Hotel
Backpacker - Under US$10
Two doors down from Heng Heng Guesthouse
T: (072) 971 405

Rooms here are great value. Similarly priced to most of the other guesthouses in town, at Heng Heng II they go the extra mile with better linen on the beds and an overall generally better standard. Staff are funny and helpful, rooms have a desk and a river view and it doesn't feel nearly as cavernous as the original. For the money, this is our pick of the flock in Kratie, but if you want a more... Read our full review of Heng Heng II Hotel.

Le Bungalow
Midrange - US$35 to 75
Riverfront Kratie
T: (089) 758 090

From the same people who brought you Terres Rouge in Banlung, Le Bungalow is an interesting, higer-end addition to the Kratie accommodation scene. The traditional Khmer house has a handful of upstairs rooms, each independently designed and furnished. Littered with antiques, the staff spent more time explaining how old the artifacts were than telling us anything else about the property. While very... Read our full review of Le Bungalow.

You Hong Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under US$10
Opposite the new market, St 8
T: (012) 957 003

We probably didn't hit You Hong I on the best of days as there was construction going on along the western wall and, while checking out the room, the power went out but, hey, this is Kratie and these things happen. This is the original of the two You Hong places in Kratie, and the business end, especially when it has come to food and ticketing has moved to the other property closer to the river.... Read our full review of You Hong Guesthouse.

Oudom Sambath Hotel
Backpacker - Under US$10
Riverside road

Of the riverside Christmas cake hotels, this is about the best. There's a gazillion rooms, with the cheapest in a seemingly older building out back. There's nothing wrong with them -- think utterly unmemorable room, but at a pinch, they're okay. They're clean with private bathroom and WiFi, and a fairly popular restaurant downstairs. Rates are competitive and the ceilings, oh the ceilings --... Read our full review of Oudom Sambath Hotel.

Silver Dolphin
Backpacker - Under US$10
048Eo Preah Suramarit (Riverside road)
T: (092) 138 872

We has a very funny moment here where trying to get into a room to take a look; after spending a good 10 minutes trying to find the cleaner, it turned out she was asleep in the room we were trying to see. In a nutshell that sums up here -- friendly, but very laid back. It's a good five-minute walk south of where the Phnom Penh bus drops you off, well away from most of the other guesthouses in... Read our full review of Silver Dolphin.

You Hong Guesthouse II
Backpacker - Under US$10
#119 Street 10, near Star, across from the river
T: (085) 885 168

The newer of the two You Hong properties in Kratie town, this has the main restaurant of the two alongwith a very well informed travel department and various tourist stuff on the walls. Rooms are compact or small depending on how generous you are and the water is cool. Free WiFi helps, as does the location, but for the price, this isn't great value. Despite the popularity of the restaurant, we... Read our full review of You Hong Guesthouse II.

Heng Heng Kratie Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under US$10
#46 Street 10
T: (072) 971 613

Save the Christmas cake hotels a little upriver, this is one of the larger hotels in town. Rooms are, well, functional. They're of a moderate size, clean, with good sized TV (stations unclear), free WiFi and, depending on the room, a river view, but overall the identically priced nearby Heng Heng II is far better value. Note, somewhat bizarrely, the riverfront rooms are $15 regardless of whether... Read our full review of Heng Heng Kratie Guesthouse.

Star Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under US$10
West side of the market
T: (012) 753 401

Star has dropped off a bit in quality over the years, but it remains a friendly place for a cold beer or a meal -- when we stopped by for lunch the three young Khmer waitresses couldn't stop giggling and even the simplest request resulted in mild hysteria. The rooms though are not so funny -- Star is most definitely a case of you get what you pay for, and even in Kratie, $3 doesn't buy very much.... Read our full review of Star Guesthouse.

Koh Trong

There are at least three places to stay on Koh Trong -- two homestays and the more upmarket Sala Koh Trong towards the northern tip of the island.

Koh Trong Community Tourism Homestay 1
Backpacker - Under US$10
Koh Trong, near Rajabori Villas

Koh Trong has two homestays, one to the south of the boat landing and the other to the north, just shy of Rajabori Villas. Of the two, the northern one is the better, with public sleeping on the floor of the stilted wooden house or more private sleeping in a private room towards the rear. All sleeping arrangements include a mosquito net and bedding and basic fare is available on site. Underneath... Read our full review of Koh Trong Community Tourism Homestay 1 .

Rajabori Villas
Midrange - US$35 to 75
Northern end of Koh Trong
T: (012) 938 984

Rajabori Villas (previously Sala Koh Trong) was in the process of a substantial refirbishment/expansion when we visited in May 2012, with a swimming pool and large restaurant going in. We were unable to find anybody to show us inside the bungalows and assumed it was closed for the ongoing work, but were later advised it was open, so the following is from a casual walk around the property. Set at... Read our full review of Rajabori Villas.

Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Kratie? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Cambodia.

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