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The roads to Kratie from Stung Treng in the north and Kompong Cham are both paved and in pretty good condition. Because of the quality of roads through the region, boats no longer make the journey regularly, and you'd have to arrange a private (and very expensive) trip if you plan to travel from city-to-city via the Mekong in Cambodia's northeast.
Nowadays, buses, taxis and minivans are the main form of transport, and below we've listed the bus prices from a few common destinations to Kratie. The bus stop is located in the centre of town, just above the market.
Sorya Transport runs three buses a day from Phnom Penh, at 07:00, 07:15 and 10:45. It’s a roughly eight-hour trip and costs $8.
For a faster, more expensive, trip you can book either of the 07:00 or 08:00 minivans with Chamroeunratha Modern Express Transportation. The advertised five-hour trip costs $15, and will likely take longer as passengers are picked up and dropped off en route. And if you’re one minute late for the pick-up which is 15 minutes before the scheduled departure, because you can’t find the pick-up point because there is no sign, yet only five minutes away from the departure point, they will leave you behind and then refuse to tell you how to get to the departure point so you can take a moto. Because they’re idiots. Make sure your booking agent tells you exactly where to go, or that you are picked up from there instead.
From Kompong Cham, you can either catch a bus
Phnom Penh: Sorya runs five buses daily at 07:00, 08:30, 09:30, 10:30, 11:30 and 14:30. Eight hours, and $8.
Kompong Cham: Same as bus to Phnom Penh, costs $5.
Sen Monorom: 07:00 and 08:00. Costs $7 and takes five to six hours.
Stung Treng: departs at 13:30, takes three hours and costs $6.
Banlung: Minibus departs early morning, takes three to four hours and costs $8.
Travelling to Kratie
Stung Treng: departs at 08:00, takes three hours and costs $6.
Phnom Penh: departs at 07:00, and 08:00, taking six to seven hours, and costing $15.
Kompong Cham: jump on the bus from Phnom Penh, costs $5.
Siem Reap: leaves at 07:30, taking eight hours and costing $10.
Banlung: minibus departs 06:30, costs $8 and takes three to four hours.
Most guesthouses can arrange both bicycle ($1-$2 per day) and motorcycle ($6 - $7 per day). The road surfaces are quite good in the immediate surrounding areas and if you do hire a motorbike, it should come with a helmet.