This past weekend, Lisa and I decided to escape the chaos of Phnom Penh and venture to Kratie, a sleepy little Mekong River town about six hours northeast of Phnom Penh. Kratie is most well known for being the home of the Irrawaddy dolphins, a rare type of dolphin that lives in the fresh water of the Mekong River. It is estimated that there are only about 80 of these dolphins left worldwide.
Lisa and I had a great weekend experiencing rural life in Cambodia. We took a boat out in the Mekong to see the dolphins, biked around an island, played volleyball with local kids and took a moto drive around the countryside.
Our yummy snack options at the bus bathroom stop: baby birds(?), tarantulas and crickets.
I have tried, more like was forced to try, crickets by my local neighbors...can't say they tasted all that bad but not something I'd casually pick up to snack on.
Poor little birds!
Boat trip in the Mekong to see the dolphins
Yun, the dolphin whisperer. Yun was a little too cool for school...loved the cig hanging from his mouth the whole time.
We were lucky enough to see the dolphins quite a few times but never quick enough to capture them on camera
Me and Yun
Lisa taking over for Yun for a bit
Our friends we made at dinner later that night...local 'models' that were featured in a Men of Kratie calendar. $1 of the proceeds go to protecting the dolphins so Lisa and I did our part to save the dolphins by purchasing a calendar (or two).
Getting ready to board the "ferry" to ride around the island
Biking around the island
Lisa and I decided to show off our volleyball skills with the local kids
Guys on the ferry ride back who really wanted me to take their pictures
Crusin' on my moto