We wanted to get the boat up to Kratie from Phnom Penh but unfortunately the new massive Chinese funded road has been built and thus the boats stopped because everyone uses the new road.
We split the journey up and got a bus to Kampong Cham (2hrs) stayed there overnight, not really much to do but it was nice along the river, and only $5 a night. We got the bus the next day to Kratie (4hrs). But whilst waiting for the bus this old guy came up to us begging, I rather tight and wont give them money, but I bought him a bottle of water, bad mistake. This guy who had crawled over to me, as though he couldnt walk a step suddenly flung himself to the bench where I had left his water. Picked the bottle up and threw it away with a face of absolute disgust! Then had the nerve to come to me whilst I was paying for the bus and ask for money! I felt like kicking him away but I didnt I just laughed (which might have been a little harsh, but hey). Anywho off we went to Kratie.
Again it only cost $5 per night. We chilled for the rest of the day jus wandering about. Hired a moto the next day and drove along the Mekong discovery trail, seeing many small villages along the way and watching people fish the river. On the way back we hired a boat and went out to see the Irrawaddy Dolphins. We managed to see a few heads and fins! lol, but nothing more - the dutch people we were with said its alot better to see them in Laos, so well have to have a look when were there. Apart from the disappointment of not seeing many dolphins the views were pretty awesome and the sunset very nice. Had an awesome meal that night at the Mekong Daze, curry with rice mmm mmm mmmmmmmm. Kept the bike for another day and went off looking around the area - unfortunately the raods are just dirt tracks and quite tricky to navigate with all the pot holes and someone on the back of the bike fidgeting all the time. Never-the-less it was good fun.
That was that for Kratie so we sorted out another bus heading for Stung Treng, unfortunately most things in Stung Treng had closed down because no tourists go there, so again we stayed one night and then moved on. Although we did have an amazing meal that night. I love the food out here! But I do miss the odd KFC before a night shift :P ha ha ha. So we were back on the bumpy dirt tracks on the way to Ban Lung, which is supposed to be an amazing place, and we werent dissapointed, but Im off out to drink some beer now so itll have to wait for another day.