We recently spent a long, lazy weekend in the sleepy fishing village of Kep and the island of Koh Tonsay in south Cambodia. Kep is a four hour bus ride from Phnom Penh – depending on how many times the bus driver stops en route to cram in a few more random passengers to make some extra cash to top up his unofficial bonus.
Kep is famous for its fresh seafood, especially crab topped with the delicious Kampot pepper. It is so fresh in fact that when you order it the waitress literally wades into the ocean to collect it from the crab trap. Can’t argue with that. Though we didn’t get any cutlery, so had to crack the beast open with our bare hands, which was a bit of a messy affair.
|Fresh crab with a pepper, garlic and lime sauce|
Once our bellies were all crabbed out, it was time to laze around at one of the beaches nearby. Whilst there is a small beach in Kep itself, the more beautiful beaches are on the surrounding islands. So we hopped on a boat and 30 minutes later we arrived at Rabbit Island (Koh Tonsay). There are no rabbits on the island, but apparently it is shaped like a rabbit if you squint hard enough (or drink enough jugs of Angkor beers. I’m still not overly convinced though, but then maybe I can handle more beers than the locals, having been born and raised in a beer tent in rural Germany). There were only about 10 other tourists on Koh Tonsay, so we had the beautiful beach and warm waters pretty much to ourselves.
|Only 10 families live on Koh Tonsay|
|No need to arrive the night before to place your towel|
For about $7 you can also spend the night on Koh Tonsay in one of the straw bungalows for a true Robinson Crusoe experience. There are no shops or TV, and electricity gets switched off at night too, so if you get attacked by creepy crawlies at night you will be at their mercy!