Pay a Visit to the Mekong River Dolphins

sHARE TO facebook twitter mail
expdetail

Moored boats on Kratie, Cambodia. Pierre le Bigot / Creative Commons

In one of Asia’s great rivers that spans several countries including Cambodia, the Mekong is home to the rare freshwater Irrawaddy dolphins. Reaching the length of 275 cm with a distinct small dorsal fin, a bulbous forehead and a short beak, the Mekong River Dolphins are found in a 190 km part of the river between the Cambodian province of Kratie and the Lao border.

Kratie is mostly a sleepy and remote province that gets its fair share of travellers who seek to experience rural Cambodian life amidst picturesque French architecture in its charming capital of the same name and to behold the endangered gentle creatures residing near its riverside town of Kampi.

To get to Kampi from the capital, just rent a motorbike, tuk-tuk, or car. The best viewing times are in the morning and late afternoon, though to avoid the crowds head there before 8 am. Once there, it costs around $9 per person ($7 per person for more than 2 people) to rent a boat.

Another thing you can do is to kayak your own way to see the dolphins in their natural habitat. Kayaking in Kratie means you’ll paddle across the river on your own, through a picturesque part of the Mekong, through the flooded forest, and cross back to (if you’re lucky) see the cetaceans swim and arch their slate grey bodies out of the water.


Dancing Mekong dolphin. Jim Davidson / Creative Commons.


Moored boats on Kratie, Cambodia. Pierre le Bigot / Creative Commons.

Similar Southeast Asia Experiences
For other unique animal experiences in Southeast Asia, go to the Philippines to see whale sharks in the wild, or watch birds in their natural habitat at Tonle Sap. A little further afield, you'll find the great Komodo Dragons of Indonesia around the Flores islands.


TOUR packages

View All
Cultural Riches Through Three Countries
tour packages

Tour crosses three countries, taking its travelers deep into the region's history and culture as seen through key cities ...

VIEW DETAILS
Footsteps of the Masters Grand Golf Tour
tour packages

Golf tour through Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and Hua Hin and Bangkok in Thailand, combining highlights from both country's ...

VIEW DETAILS
Your Royal Adventure Starts Here in Southeast Asia
tour packages

Book using the promo code “ASEAN@50”, and earn up to US$100 onboard credit for selected Royal Caribbean Internati...

VIEW DETAILS

MASTERCARD'S PRICELESS EXPERIENCES

View All
Visit one of Bangkok's best kept secrets, Nai Lert Park Heritage Home
tour packages

The Nailert Park Heritage Home surroundings spread across 24,000 sqm of lush grounds. Making it a peaceful and green paradise...

VIEW DETAILS
Cameron Highlands Resort, Cameron Highland
tour packages

Unravel the enigma of Jim Thompson in the Jim Thompson Mystery Trail - Jim Thompson’s eye for beauty was not only confi...

VIEW DETAILS
Resorts World Sentosa Retail
tour packages

Year-Long Retail Privilege at Resorts World Sentosa Singapore

VIEW DETAILS

AIR AND CAR BOOKINGS

View All
Hertz Car Rental Deals
tour packages

Explore more of Asia on wheels with our Hertz Asia Driving Guide. Download your free copy for our driving tips, popular self-...

VIEW DETAILS
The Best Way To See Asean
tour packages

Go on an epic Asean journey with AirAsia Asean Pass, a travel pass that allows you to book our base fares at least 14 days or...

VIEW DETAILS

HOTEL DEALS

View All
Goodwood Park Hotel
tour packages

Stay in a heritage icon uniquely sited on a landscaped hillock within the famed shopping and entertainment district of Orchar...

VIEW DETAILS
Riders Logde Resort
tour packages

Riders Lodge (Since 1999) is the leisure getaway you've been looking for, horse riding, golf, and great food. You'll ...

VIEW DETAILS
AccorHotels
tour packages

Surprise your Holiday with AccorHotels in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia! AccorHotels bring you greater value with a Buffe...

VIEW DETAILS