Stilt houses in a village near Kratie, Cambodia
On The Search of The Irrawaddy Dolphin, Kratie
After breakfast at your hotel, you’ll depart from Koh Trong Island by boat and cruise along the banks of the Mekong, enjoying the scenic views along the way. Arriving at the village of Kampi, you’ll hop on board a local boat that will take you to the best places to view the rare Irrawaddy dolphins along the Mekong. As soon as you have spotted the first dolphin, your boat driver will turn the engine off and you will follow the dolphins silently.
From here, continue towards the village Sambo for a visit to the Wat Sorsor Mouy Roy. The monastery or ‘vihara’ of the so-called ‘100 Pillars Pagoda’ is an important historical pilgrimage site for Kratie locals, and is famed for its legend involving a princess and a crocodile. The temple is decorated with beautiful murals and figures depicting Hindu mythology.
You’ll stop for lunch at a local restaurant before returning to Koh Trong. This typical Cambodian village sits on a sandbank opposite the riverfront of Kratie town, and depends largely on rice farming and fruits cultivation (Koh Trong is famous for its pomelo!). You can either sit back and enjoy a horse cart ride, or pedal yourself around the island on a bicycle – there’s no cars here so you can explore safely.
Your first destination is the island’s Wat, where a special activity awaits you: a tree planting project initiated by a local farmer, in order to recultivate the once densely forested island. Leave you mark on the islands by planting your own tree, complete with a name tag. Then continue your tour, where you can visit the Vietnamese floating village on the southern corner of the island.
Track the rare Irrawaddy dolphins by boat
Experience village life on Koh Trong
Visit the 100 Pillars Pagoda