A Quick Stop in Kratie
Trip Start Aug 22, 2012
63Trip End Jun 16, 2013
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Most of our time here was spent sweating as it is very hot. We wandered around the market and got some good photos as we played with some of the children. One little girl followed us so we kept chatting with her and wondering if her parents knew where she was or even cared. In many ways, we are all the same...of course her parents were very worried. Her dad came searching for her and was visibly relieved when he found her hanging with us a few booths down the market. Later when they had packed up for the day and the four of them (yes, that would be 4 people on one scooter) were riding by us on their motor scooter, they gleefully squealed 'hello!' as they headed off down the road
The key attraction here are the endangered freshwater Irrawaddy dolphins of the Mekong River of which there are only about 75. With a stop at a Buddhist monastery where we watched the workers making new stupas and chatted with a few monks, our tuk-tuk driver took us out to see these dolphins as the sun was setting. It was a beautiful evening.
The following morning we were up early to catch a minibus to Sen Monorom. The ticket seller told us they fit 4 people on 3 seats so we could buy 3 seats and not be squished. Thankfully we did that as, by the time we were on the road, there were 28 of us in a 12-seat bus, all our baggage and a motor scooter with 5 people including 2 children hanging off the end of the vehicle. We were like that for a 5-hour drive.
Travel here is exhausting and always full of surprises!