Illusive Irrawadies...

Trip Start Feb 15, 2010
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Trip End Dec 31, 2015


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Where I stayed
U-Hong II Guesthouse

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Sunday, January 16, 2011

We didn't waste any time once we got off the seven hour bus to Kratie (also spelled and pronounced Kracheh) and got straight on a tuk-tuk to see the Irrawaddy dolphins on the Mekong. Even though we’d been traveling all day, the 15km ride there was great!  We were taken along a straight road next to the river, which was dotted with hundreds of wooden houses on stilts and scattered with kids playing by the side of the road.  Although we could see, glimpsing in their houses as we zoomed past, that they lived very basically, everyone we passed seemed happy and really smiley and lots of the kids were waving at us excitedly. 

We shared our blue chipped-paint boat with two Israeli guys and our uninterested guide, who didn’t really seem bothered about looking for dolphins!  He, without an ounce of urgency, followed the other six or seven boats to join them in a huddle around a swirl in the river where a dolphin had been thirty seconds ago.  Despite his nonchalant attitude we were lucky enough to see three or four dolphins at a time pop up near our boat or in the distance.  The orange sun setting over the tranquil river was a picture in itself!

Back in Kratie there was a wedding celebration in full swing.  They had taken over the entire street leading up to our guesthouse and there were maybe fifteen or twenty people on the dance floor doing the Cambodian equivalent of the Macarena.  
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