Cambodia’s Kratié province offers an idyllic rural escape on the banks of the Mekong River, with dolphin watching, and home stays

In the second instalment shining the spotlight on Cambodia’s rising destinations, Marissa Carruthers visits the eastern province of Kratié to experience nature and get a taste of rural life.

We follow the village elder as he ambles along a dirt track that cuts through jungle and paddies, and cautiously climbs the rickety stairs of a decrepit wooden shack in the middle of an open field. “Animism is practised here,” says our guide Phiya. “He needs permission from the spirits before you can stay.”

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