You basically have two areas to choose from when you're looking for a place to stay in Kratie -- either in Kratie town itself, or, a short boat ride away, on Koh Trong. Most opt for town, but if you have time on your hands, Koh Trong can be pretty special.
For a small town, Kratie has a solid selection of places to stay. Undecided? Here is a primer to help you on the way to decided where to stay.
Kratie is the capital of the same-named province in northeast Cambodia, some six to seven hours by bus north of Phnom Penh. Known for its small population 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 are a little... Read our full review of Where to stay in Kratie.
For a town of this size, Kratie has a surprisingly good range of hotels and guesthouses to choose from.
Set in two traditional wooden houses facing one another across the street, Le Tonle offers simple, good value accommodation and a good cause. The nine rooms are comfortable, wooden rooms, with decent mattresses, mosquito nets, fans and a few pieces of furniture. The share bathrooms are scrupulously clean, and even provide free shampoo and shower gel for the hot water showers. Le Tonle is a... Read our full review of Le Tonle Tourism Training Centre.
This is the closest we found to a full-service hotel in Kratie — including a pool! Just under two kilometres away from the town centre, and the riverside, River Dolphin is one of those set-ups that is right in principle, and while a little peculiar in practice, they do offer comfortable rooms at very good rates, and the staff were fantastic. Budget travellers will enjoy the downstairs rooms... Read our full review of River Dolphin.
Of all the guesthouses in Kratie, Grass is the most stylish backpacker joint with an excellent upstairs balcony that is ideal for sunsets and meeting other travellers while simultaneously tucking into some solid Khmer and Western dishes. Formerly The Balcony, Grass is in a traditional Khmer wooden villa just off the riverside road. The atmosphere is more homely than other guesthouses in the... Read our full review of Grass Guesthouse & Restaurant.
Heng Heng II Hotel is a straightforward Khmer-style guesthouse, with no frills, but the rooms here are great value, clean and have hot water showers. 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... Read our full review of Heng Heng II Hotel.
Le Bungalow is an interesting, higher-end addition to the Kratie accommodation scene, with the traditional Khmer house offering three beautiful upstairs rooms, each independently designed and furnished and littered with gorgeous antiques. Two of the rooms are ensuite, while one has a separate — and quite dingy — bathroom/shower downstairs. This is where you’ll also find the very lovely bar... Read our full review of Le Bungalow.
Oudom Sambath Hotel is a typical Cambodian hotel, with not a great deal of charm, but everything you need to get through the night. A large building, it does offer some of the biggest rooms we saw in town, and huge beds. The best rooms are in the front, which seems to be the original building, while smaller, characterless rooms can be found in the annexe at the back. All the rooms though are... Read our full review of Oudom Sambath Hotel.
A strong backpacker option with an airy rooftop bar looking right on to the river and across to Koh Trong, Silver Dolphin offers rooms, a dorm, tours and tickets in English and French. We were a little nonplussed, though, to have to wait to see the rooms because the owner was playing cards with his buddies, and so he hollered for his heavily pregnant wife to come out of wherever she was... Read our full review of Silver Dolphin.
You Hong Guesthouse is central and easily accessible, with small but cool rooms that are shaded from the sun by a neighbouring building. The accommodation is basic — which you’d expect for the price —but clean, and comes with hot water, which you won’t get everywhere. The manager was very helpful, spoke excellent English, and can also provide advice, assistance on forward travel, tours... Read our full review of You Hong Guesthouse.
A formulaic, typical Cambodian offering, Heng Heng offers clean, fan and air-con rooms, with private bathrooms and, for those at the front, a river view. The whole atmosphere is somewhat functional and charmless however. The rooms are of a moderate size — larger than Heng Heng II — clean, with good sized TV (stations unclear), free WiFi and, depending on the room, a river view, but overall... Read our full review of Heng Heng Kratie Guesthouse.
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.
We were rather startled to discover this lovely property tucked in among rich gardens and huge mango trees. A large wooden villa is the centre piece, and houses four guest rooms and an open-sided bar and restaurant area, which looks exactly the kind of place we wouldn’t mind lounging in and forgetting about the existence of time for a good long while. The rooms are all wooden and beautifully... Read our full review of Arun Mekong Guesthouse.
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.... Read our full review of Koh Trong Community Based Tourism Homestays .
We want to say so, so many good things about this place, because it really is stunningly beautiful and should be on anyone’s itinerary if they can afford it, but we can’t because the staff wouldn’t allow us to see the rooms. Given we couldn't see the rooms, we can only tell you what the outside looks like. Extensive, rich green tropical gardens centre in on an open-air pool, which... Read our full review of Rajabori Villas.