Trying to spot endangered Irrawaddy dolphins

Trip Start Aug 14, 2012
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Flag of Cambodia  , Kratie,
Monday, November 26, 2012

We arrived in Kratie (kra-chey) in the afternoon, the bus dropped us off outside a hotel and seeing as it was too hot to walk around with backpacks on in the midday sun, we stayed there - all for the low price of $6. Kate had done the usual, she goes and checks it out to see if it meets her high standards! She noticed that we had been given a free 500ml bottle of mineral water, she asked if we could have another seeing as there were two of us, and was told that the cheap rooms on the top floor (ours) only gets one free bottle! The rest of the day was spent walking around the town and watching the sunset from the river bank.

The next day we had arranged to go and see some endangered Irrawaddy dolphins a half an hour tuk tuk ride away. We were kind of expecting them to be inquisitive like the bottled nose dolphins - they were not! They didn't show any interest in any of the ten or so boats filled with tourists on the water, and kept there distance for the entire hour. The only positives we could take from the experience was seeing them closer than we had before, even though we didn't manage to get one decent picture, and that our entrance money helps go towards conserving them as there are only seventy left in the Mekong, when once there were over one thousand.

The next day we set off to Ban Lung...
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