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Jul 14, 2006 - Kratie - Party-on with Bill and Ted

The next destination was Kratie, the original stronghold of the Khmer Rouge, and one of the areas of the country that is still believed to be in their control, at least behind the scenes. We intended to spend a few days checking it out, but soon realized that Lonely Planet gave it more hype than it deserved. However, we did run in to Bill and his friend who's name I cant remember, so lets call him Ted. Bill and Ted had taken the day off and come to Kratie to hang out, party, and most likely cheat on their wives and already multiple...

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May 15, 2006 - Kratie

We left Phnom Penh early in the morning for yet another expeience of the Cambodia bus journey- which means lots of stopping for meal breaks, lots of hooting of the horn (its so constant I'm amazed they don't have road rage; although i have since relaised its probably to do with the fact most mopeds don't have mirrors!), very cheesy karoke video - or worse- Cambodian soap operas! We finally managed to work out which bus we were meant to be on and were on our way to Kratie. Or reason for going here, to the Mekong River and to see the very...

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Mar 17, 2006 - To Kratie (pronounced 'Cratcheh')

17 March 06 - To Kratie I was told that I would be picked up at 0720 to be taken to the bus station for the 0730 bus to Kratie, so ordered breakfast at 0630 and chatted to a nice young Israeli man who had been to Myanmar (Burma) and was persuading me to go too (as so many people are doing now). He was off to Bangkok (why does everyone I meet seem to be going back there at the moment?). At 0645 a minibus came, I thought it would be for the Israeli who was supposed to be picked up at 0630 but told it was for me. I said it was early, so...

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Feb 5, 2006 - Kratie

5 Feb SUN Fortunately Melodie, Joah and Kev was also heading to Kratie so we organized a shared taxi for 12 USD/p with Mrs Kim, the energetic manager of Tribal Hotel. We said farewell to Kurt and her girlfriend (I forgot her name) as they were going to Laos via Stung Treng. The taxi ride was alright apart from the usual inconveniance: we had the front seat for 2 of us (while the others were sprawling on the back seat). The road was familiar till Stung Treng (a reasonably bumpy dirt road). The Stung Treng - Kratie stretch used to be a...

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Jan 19, 2006 - Kratie, or not Kratie?

That was the question. Fortunately, we got the right answer ... for now. Our boat from Siem Reap deposited us on the dock at Phnom Penh for one more night of culinary variety before heading north to Laos. (We went Mexican, for those keeping score.) We were in a minibus and on the road by 7:30 the next morning. The destination? You might have gathered from the title. To be clear, Cambodians pronounce the name of this riverside provincial backwater in a manner somewhere between "Kratchay" and "Crotchy." Blame the French for the poor...

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The Globe and beyond

Jan 8, 2006 - A day on a stormy island...

...sharing it with thousands of geese and chickens, cats and dogs, cows and horses and - even more than that - children! But what about starting at the start - that does help sometimes... After my parents had madaged perfectly and even survived their first real-life test of real! bad cambodian dust-tracks (let's not call them roads...), we arrived safely in the cramped-up-but-nice town of Kratie - me being reunited again with the Mekong, I had duefully followed for so long now. But viewed from the rooftop-terrace of our hotel on the...

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Axel in Asia

Dec 9, 2005 - Phnom Penh to Bangkok

We took the coach back to Phnom Penh yesterday (Thurs 8th) to fly out of PP to Bangkok - it was far cheaper than flying out of Siem Reap and a grand saving of USD200.00 ... okay we had the cost of the coach $9.00 each and hotel accommodation ... but still a big saving of $165.00. We stayed at the same hotel as before and were greeted warmly when we walked in and our room was ready and waiting ... or maybe they are just like that with everyone!?!? We were on an early flight to Bangkok this morning ... and checked in our hotel by 10:30am. It...

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MacsMLCTour2005-2006

Nov 14, 2005 - Kratie - dolphins and stuff

After making a somewhat bleary-eyed escape from Stung Treng at the crack of dawn, I found myself in Kratie town -- a destination I'd long planned to visit but never got around to investigating -- till now. Friends in Phnom Penh would wax lyrical about Kratie -- the sleepy, leafy avenues lined with colonial shopfronts and trading houses, the all-too-pleasant riverfront area, the relaxed rural surroundings... Kratie does have all these things, but, as with Ban Lung, they're often obscured underneath a pretty decent layer of dust. The town is...

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Apr 20, 2005 - Mission to Cambodia

From Don Det I set out for the Cambodian border with a British couple, an Australian guy and a Kiwi girl, the theory being we should be able to survive the trip better in a small group. The journey started with a boat trip to the mainland and a tuktuk along the dusty roads to the Laos border. The border isnt an official border so you usually have to bribe the guards at both the Laos and Cambodian border crossing in order to get your passport stamp. Sometimes people can get through without bribing if they are really stubborn and hang around...

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Mar 24, 2005 - cambodia-kratie

Ke pasa!!!! Ya estamos de camino a kratie, un pekeno pueblo a orillas del Mekong y al noreste del pais ,pinta muy guapo. La llegada a la estacion de buses como siempre, petada de moteros gritando el nombre de la g.h. a la ke representan y cogiendote la maleta sin decirte nada,un pokito de relax.......joder. decidomos kedarnos en "you hong", habita grande ,limpia, con ducha ,terraza a un metro de la puerta y por tres dolares...ok. deshacer las maletas y nos damos un rule por el Mercado y paseamos por la zona de las huertas, donde conocemos a...

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Mar 7, 2005 - Kratie

The border crossing into Cambodia was hard work as all officials expect 'a little extra' for the trouble of simply stamping your passport. Then the only way to the first main town in Cambodia is by speedboat and you find your hard negotiated price for this in Laos simply goes up by a few dollars when you are stranded at the border crossing and have no other options in Cambodia. You get over your worry of the lack of crash helmets and the ill fitting lifejackets when you see the driver fill up with diesel out of an old sprite bottle all the...

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The Grand Tour

Jan 11, 2005 - Kratie, ... flipper on t aime!

Audrey repartie, bouhhh on est tres triste, on part tous les trois en direction de Kratie. (C Manue qui termine l histoire donc.) Forcement, ca commence par 7h de bus, c est super long, super penible, surtout entre les coups de klaxon et le karaoke en boucle a la tv, c est tres fatiguant. On arrive a Kratie ou les guides touristiques n ont pas du aller depuis des annees et du coup, on debarque dans une guest house super moche,tres carcerale (et pourtant j ai tire un trait definitivememt sur l idee d une douche chaude ici!) On mange un bout...

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