Kratie

February 2005

After my travel buddy Don flew back to the Philippines, I wanted to see more of Cambodia. I rode a bus to Kratie (pron. "craw-chay") Province in the east.

Our bus stopped at Skuon for a stretch and snack. Residents here breed tarantulas in burrows, which are cooked and sold on platters. Juicy!!! Care for a nibble?

tarantula tarantula

 

Eastern Cambodia during the dry season is hot, dusty and red.

Cambodian girl hot, dusty and red soil

 

Kratie is the provincial capital, a quiet town of 79,000 situated along the banks of the Mekong River.
I spent two days here, walking around and talking to people (my usual m.o.)

Kratie Kratie

 

Like other towns in Cambodia, Kratie is full of beautiful, crumbling French colonial buildings.

Kratie Kratie

 

Most residents live in simple houses on stilts, protection against flooding during the wet season.

Kratie houses Kratie houses

 

The market is a happening place.

Kratie market Kratie market

 

Just down the riverbank from town lies one of the great rivers of the world.

Mekong River

 

I jumped on the first boat I saw and it carried me across the river to a small village full of cattle and friendly children.

cows children

 

The Mekong is the artery of Southeast Asia.

boat on Mekong River boat on Mekong River

 

Mekong River Mekong River

 

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