KRATIE                                                                                                                                                                            

I have  decided on Kratie as a first homebase as it is a very nice place ( and quite close to the Laos border ) -  I have rented this apartment. I am on the top floor at the rear - only four apartments on a floor and so I have 1/4 of the top floor.

Front-side view :

They are not cracks on the outside of the building - they are satellite and phone cables ! 

Rear view :  I have left the doors open to the veranda - quite safe - the adjacent air-con apartment occupants don't open the veranda doors to keep the cold in so I have all of the top-floor veranda and roof

 Lowering a 3000 litre water tank down from the roof of my apartment. There was a problem with the water that day. This was as viewed from my veranda. Hot weather to be without water !

 

I was working at UME University as an English teacher   -  year one, year two and year three. Year one students are mostly hopeless ( with some exceptions ) Year two are much better   -   year three is really a current affairs and general science course.                                                                                                                        

Between U.M.E. and the riverfront is this hotel - quite near my apartment - rooms from $7

Seems a strange name to choose ?  HOR sounds the same as WHORE but at least they didn't spell it that way !                                                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                           

 Pa-yoong trees along the riverside

 Nearly every variety of tree has its Latin classification - a nice touch.

There were storms after New Year and some trees were uprooted - mostly dead ones. This is a Delonix Regia.

 

This tree couldn't cope with the storm either ... 

 And now for something completely different !

YES - they eat dogs in Cambodia !

There are horse and carts in Kratie ! This one seemed to be asleep ? Notice the poop-collector under the tail - don't need to waste good manure ! Also notice the wheel-brake.

 

                                                                                                                                         Another horse and cart in the Temple

                                                                                                                                       This road near the market is being re-made

It is concreted in sections - all work done by hand

       

    A few days later one of the workers recognised me and asked me to take another picture of the road-making including him this time ! He is in the next picture, but in the background a bit - he has an orange stripe around the bottom of his jacket. You can see the FM radio mast of Kratie Radio in the distance.