We eventually arrived in Kratie at 6.30pm. We had passed Balcony Hotel and knew it wasn't far, so we walked. We checked in and had dinner at the hotel before retreating to our room to research what to do in Kratie. The next day we had breakfast and then hired a motorbike to take us around the town. We spent ages looking for the bank before asking someone where it was, it was nowhere near where we had been looking! After the bank we drove to O Kampi to see the freshwater Irrawaddy dolphins. They didn't do any flipper tricks but we did see them hunting fish which was pretty cool. They rarely bobbed their heads out of the water so it was extremely frustrating trying to get a picture. In the end we gave us and just enjoyed the experience. (Due the viewing of dolphins Gareth insisted on singing the flipper song all day and at random times for the next few days.) After our dolphin encounter we drove back to town, bought some cough medicine for Gareth and had lunch at Star restaurant and hotel.
The next morning we caught a big bus to Snoul where we were going to change into a pick up truck to take us along the unsealed road to Sen Monoron. It was a bumpy experience. We had to wait for 3 hours in Snoul while they loaded our pick up truck with gravel, fruit, vegetables, live fish in a 5 gallon water carrier and then our rucksacks. A plank of wood was then placed on top of the load for a seat. Gareth and I had paid extra for inside seats, but when we realized we had to share the front seat in the boiling hot cab we decided outside was actually the comfier option. There were two other Brits travelling in the pick up, Andy and Laura who were also from Manchester and used to own a pub in Diggle. They were already on the back of the pick up so we joined them and spent the rest of the journey getting covered in dust and holding on for dear life every time there was a pot hole/crater in the road.