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The former Royal Capital Sampheak Borak during the Chenla Era is located in Sambo. In addition, Kratié has Vihear Sasar Muayroy Pagoda built in the 16th century. This pagoda is related to a Khmer legend Krapeur Nen Thun (Venerable Monk Thun, the Crocodile). Kratié has several temples built in the 8th century such as Khvas Pi, Pram, and Koh Kring that has perfect deities, ancient halls, Khmer ancient houses, and French-style buildings. The area near Kratié along the Mekong River was one of the most densely populated regions of the pre-Angkorian era of Cambodia.

Lon Nol was the province's governor in 1945. During foreign incursions and the civil wars into Cambodia, Kratié especially saw heavy fighting. During Operation Menu, Kratié was heavily bombed by the United States. Recovering unexploded ordnance and de-mining has been a major recent initiative.

On December 30, 1978, Vietnamese forces captured Kratié.

The current population of Kratie is approximately 290,000 and the population density is 26 people per sq.km. Roughly 70% of the people live along the river, whereas 30% live in the mountainous area. There are seven types of tribes in Kratie: the Phnorng, the Kouy, the Mil, the Khonh, the Steang, and the Thamoun.

Tourist Attractions in Kratie:

Chruoy Rey, Dolphin Habitat, Irrawaddy Dolphins, Kampi Resort, Koh Pdao,Phnom Preah, Phnom Sam Bok Resort, Phnom Sopor Kaley, Sambor Town, Wat Preah Vihear (Kratie), Wat Sray Sahn-tah-rah-boh, Wat Vihear Kuk, Wat Vihear Lao, Waterfall of Cham Pey.