Roka Kandal, an early 19th century temple in Kratie. Image by Asienreisender, 2013
The river promenade and the buildings along the Mekong River with some squares provide a kind of a mediterranean flair, wich is underlined by the presence of some old, colonial buildings of French architecture. More buildings of that kind are to see around the market place.
What is looking like the opposite river banks of the Mekong is in fact a big river island, Koh Trong. It's easy to go there on a ferry. Koh Trong gives a perfect impression of rural Cambodia.
Kratie is a hub for tourists coming from Phnom Phen and heading either to Mondulkiri, Ratanakiri or further north to Laos (4000 Islands). The northern road between Kratie and Stung Treng is partially sealed but in a bad state. Kratie makes also a pleasant place for candellight dinners, for several times a day the electricity is failing for a few minutes (May 2013). Presumably it's more often so in rainy season. Internet connections are additionally interrupted. Internet speed is varying between usable and almost non-existent.
Kratie, at the riverside. Image by Asienreisender, 2013
The 4000 Islands (Si Phan Don) in south Laos mark the start of a change in the Mekong Rivers flow. From there on the river splits ever and again up into several arms and channels, who are joining together again a few hundred meters or more downstream. There are hundreds of seasonally overflooded islands in the Mekong River around Kratie. In 2007 there were governmental plans to build a Mekong dam next to the town.
The Mekong River near Kampi. Image by Asienreisender, 2013