Imagine the most prestine, lush, and beautiful little island surrounded by crystal clear water… Now just add a little garbage and lack of showers and you have wonderful Rabbit Island!
Before heading to vietnam, we had one more stop in Cambodia to explore. Just off shore from the town of Kep (famous for its crab markets) is the tiny beach bungalowed Rabbit Island. From Kep we took a leisurely longboat ride to the island, soaking up the sun and adjusting our mindset to island life. The boat pulls up to the main beach, lined with bungolows and a few restaurants. I’m right at home already!
As usual we opt for the cheapest accomidation, a cozy bungalow 40 feet from the water with bug-net and washroom included. First order of business is hammock lounging, our small patio has two so we do not hesitate to take advantage of swinging in the cool ocean breeze with a book. Eventually we find out that there is a catch to renting the cheapest bungalow on the beach – no running water. We use the ocean to cool down and slowly cake on layer after layer of salt for the three days we spent here. A washcloth and water bottle could be used to freshen up, but bottled water was precious at this time due to the fact that Kep didn’t have an ATM and we had $30 for the two of us to eat for 3 days. Eliminating sodas and snacks, and saving half eaten baguttes from breakfast for later did the trick.
It was stinking hot here so we spent a lot of time in the water, and a lot of time laying in the hammocks. There wasn’t too much else to do (there were massage booths but they cost money that we didn’t have) so we hiked around the entire circumference of the island. This took us about 2 to 3 hours and the path would alternate between small beaches where locals lived and fished, and thick bush on an easy to loose trail (where even the seemingly harmless plants had one inch thorns to poke you).
It was breathtaking and serene, but unfortunately the beaches and mangroves were litered with garbage that had washed ashore from the mainland.
I have absolutly fell in love with the friendly people of Cambodia and it saddens me to leave, but as usual we have a lot more places to see than time to see them. Our next destination is Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and we are both very excited to explore another new country.