Kratié

Kratie is a small town in the northeast of the Cambodian countryside, situated right on the banks of Mekong, the town is primarily farming and fishing based. The outskirts of town are home to numerous villages which give you a glimpse of daily village life in Cambodia. In the town center, is a large marketplace and several restaurants looking onto the river. There are also numerous temples throughout and surrounding the town worth visiting. The town is a great place to see local wildlife, some of which is extremely rare, such as the soft-shelled turtle and the irrawaddy dolphin, both of which are critically endangered. If you’re looking to get out of the city and see how a great number of average Cambodians live, Kratie is a great way to experience this. The locals are also extremely friendly, with my tour guide inviting me to his house for lunch to meet his beautiful family after the tour ended.

 

 

Temples

The town and surrounding area is home to some fantastic temples and temple complexes. These include depictions of the road to heaven and the path to hell and are adorned with incredible paintings and sculptures.

 

Mekong/Wildlife

The Mekong is teeming with life and if you decide to spend time on and around it, you will see plenty of it. Kratie is famous for its local dolphin population, the Irrawaddy dolphin is extremely endangered, but can easily be seen swimming in the Mekong right outside of Kratie. Make sure to take a boat ride out onto the river and go dolphin spotting, I managed to see at least four in the span of 30 minutes. Located near the town is an amphibian rescue center, housing numerous species of frogs and turtles, including the endangered soft shelled turtle.

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Auckland

Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand and as such offers a wide variety of activities and attractions, restaurants, shops, bars and clubs and galleries and museums. The city itself has a fantastic vibe to it, being the largest city in the country but still relatively small by global standards. Like any city, it has a central hub, filled with backpacking lodges, hotels, restaurants and bars, which is also located a short walk to Auckland’s famous harbor. The city is known as the city of sails and has a large emphasis on its harbor. Auckland inner city nightlife has a fantastic energy, and a diverse spectrum of people. On a night out in the city, I began the evening drinking in the park as the sun went down with my South African friend, we were then joined by a French backpacker at our first pub, followed by two UAE guys, then two Germans and finally a middle aged Kiwi woman, who we spent the remainder of the evening pubcrawling with.

 

 

Kelly Tarlton’s

Kelly Tarlton’s is an Antarctic Centre/Aquarium located underground, just outside of Auckland city center. As a child, this was one of my favourite places and having returned as an adult, I can honestly say that I still loved it. Having been to several aquariums in sveral countries, this one is still one of my favourites. The easiest way to visit the aquarium if you do not have a car is to take the free private shuttle, which runs from in front of the city docks straight to the center and back throughout the day.

https://www.kellytarltons.co.nz/

 

Auckland Art Gallery

Auckland Art Gallery isn’t quite as large as those in other major cities, but has some great pieces and the building itself is a work of art. The gallery has a fantastic collection of early settler Maori portraits, which will give you a unique insight into Maori dress and culture prior to European arrival.

http://www.aucklandartgallery.com/

 

Sky Tower

Sky Tower is one of Auckland and New Zealand’s most iconic attractions. The building itself towers over the city skyline. At the base, there is decently sized casino with several bars. Near the top of the tower is the sky deck, which gives a fantastic 360 degree view of the city. Located at the very top of the tower is the sky walk and sky jump (bungee jumping) platform.

https://www.skycityauckland.co.nz/attractions/sky-tower/