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- Map of Kratie -

"Life in all of Kratie Province is focused on the Mekong River. The market is set up on the sidewalk and road overlooking the river. It really starts to get going in the late afternoon to early evening. There are countless snack and drink stands serving up all kinds of local delicacies. Itís a great place to people-watch and grab a bite. The sunsets over the Mekong are absolutely beautiful. On the other side of the street are some French Colonial style buildings mixed in with some more traditional Khmer style. Most of the backpacker lodging options are found in this stretch of the road. The local market was back from the riverside road at its west end. It had a big, covered portion and many smaller stalls and vendors in the surrounding area."

 

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The provincial capital of Kratie was one of the first towns to be Ďliberatedí by the Khmer Rouge (actually it was the North Vietnamese, but the Khmer Rouge later took the credit) in the summer of 1970. It was also one of the first provincial capitals to fall to the liberating Vietnamese forces in the overthrow of the Khmer Rouge on 30 December 1978.


Most Kratie residents are subsistence farmers or fishers. 78% of residents are employed in agriculture. Thirty percent of Kratiť households live on less than US$1 per day; the province's poverty rate of 32% is somewhat lower than the national average of 39%. Some gold mining occurs in Kratie. Most soil in Kratie is poor; the province primarily grows perennial industrial crops like rubber. Illegal logging supervised by provincial officials is a problem. Kratie has the potential to be an ecotourism destination. Kraties road system is poorly developed. As of 1998, the average household possessed 0.48 hectares of agricultural land, and 37% were landless.