Stung Treng --> Kratie -->Kampong Cham-->Phnom Penh
We'll be doing this part of our trip to SE Asia in early Dec this year. I have read on the asiakingtravels site that it is possible to take a slow boat from Stung Treng to Kratie and then a fast boat from there to PP...can anyone confirm this and whether or not it would be better to do this by bus...Also does anyone know the journey times involved by bus or boat between these places...and any tips on how long to spend in Kratie or Kompong Cham or Stung Treng
I'd be grateful for any feedback....
#1 giroffle has been a member since 27/7/2011. Posts: 41
As far as I know, there is no boat service between Stung Treng & Kratie , or from Kratie to points south. That's not to say you can't make an arrangement with a guy with a boat, but actual scheduled river travel seems to be a thing of the past. Too bad.
thanks Archmichael...we'll probably do it by bus anyhow !!
#3 giroffle has been a member since 27/7/2011. Posts: 41
will do...that and listenin ! to Ry Cooder "Down in Hollywood" check it out
#5 giroffle has been a member since 27/7/2011. Posts: 41
and of course the Moula band
#6 giroffle has been a member since 27/7/2011. Posts: 41
I spent 2 days in Kratie and felt it was enough, I wouldn't have wanted to be there any more than maybe an extra day. It depends what pace you like to do it at, though, as I generally like to have reasonably busy days. It is nice though, a very different Cambodia to PP and SR.
#8 Georgie2810 has been a member since 13/7/2011. Posts: 5
yep..we spend 2 days there...I think by the time we have travelled through Laos we are literally on-warding to PP and Kratie is just a stop through, to break up the journey...I'd say we are mixing the pace, I hope we got it right but it's an adventure anyhow...in what way is Kratie so different to PP and SR ?
#9 giroffle has been a member since 27/7/2011. Posts: 41
Kratie is different in being much smaller, more laid-back. If it weren't for the dolphins, I doubt the town would be at all touristy ... and it's not much, as it is. Get across the river and check out the island, Koh Trong. No cars or trucks, nor paved roads. Very rural and peaceful. There's a ferry over to it.
..thanks AM....glad we only booked 2 nights then
#11 giroffle has been a member since 27/7/2011. Posts: 41
it depends on the time. stung treng, if you know where to go (many tourists do not and think its no good!) then the place is one of the most stunning in Cambodia.
Think about it - it is neigbouring (a stone's throw) from the 4,000 Islands in Laos and yet this goes a miss by so many people.
I traveled by kayak through the river from the north of stung treng - Ou Svay village (near border), through the Ramsar wetlands: look at the Stung Treng/ border map to see where i mean: http://www.mekongdiscoverytrail.com/html/StungTr_Trails.html
At Ou Svay, ask villagers about hiring a boat and a guide (to help you explore and navigate).. They can take you north to the dolphins, or south through the flooded forest to stung treng town.
if you take a bus straight to kratie it goes around - not along the river side. this is a good way to see the river if that's what you would like.
#12 Sarunn has been a member since 11/10/2011. Posts: 7
thanks Sarunn...on this occasion we'll just be passing through...to Kratie...but we may have another visit in which case we'll consider that...it is difficult to make the right choices when you haven't had the experience...but it will be upon us soon...and looking forward to it...thanks
#13 giroffle has been a member since 27/7/2011. Posts: 41