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Kaôh Rŭng

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  • Day72

    Sihanoukville Ferry

    April 16 in Cambodia

    We checked out of the Eolia Beach Bungalows on Sunday morning for the white sand beaches of Koh Rong. Otres Beach is really pretty, and there are lots of places to stay and eat, but as far as resort type beaches go this one doesn’t rate high. It’s slightly overpriced and very dirty, but we are glad we saw it. Our impression is that its all about to change, with lots of new investment and plans for swanky resorts.
    We took a tuktuk into Sihanoukville to catch the speed boat to the islands. The pier is chaotic to say the least, and thankfully everyone was just as confused as us. And it was hot.
    Amber made friends with a local monk and exchanged names and numbers. More to come on that.
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  • Day72

    Jungle Hike

    April 16 in Cambodia

    We had a decent breakfast in the restaurant and had a really good conversation with the owner and her daughter. Her daughter is visiting from Ottawa, born and raised in Ontario but pretty well connected here in Cambodia. Her mom owns this place, Pura Vita, and her dad owns a business in Siem Reap. She shared her story which is fascinating and her daughter gave us some ideas for the rest of our trip, for which we were thankful.
    There’s lots to see on the “4km beach” as its called, and they recommended a walk to the old pier; the place where the mother used to land in a boat and walk through the jungle, to the location of this resort. By herself. Through a mangrove lagoon, chest high. In the dark. Ten years ago to build this joint. She has guts like no other.
    So we walked along the beach, checked out whatever place we came across, got to the pier and turned around and came back. Pretty amazing countryside.
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  • Day66

    Koh Rong -> Koh Rong Samloen

    January 24 in Cambodia

    We trekken richting het zuiden naar Sihanoukville en nemen daar de ferry naar het grootste eiland van Cambodja, Koh Rong genaamd. Het is een zeer groot eiland, met dezelfde oppervlakte als Hong Kong. Er zijn vele mooie verlaten stranden te ontdekken op dit eiland. Zo zijn 4K beach en Long beach echte aanraders voor een fijne strandwandeling. Het hoofdstrand is minder idyllisch, maar er zijn wel tientallen bars en restaurants te vinden. Voor een leuk feestje moet je hier dus zijn of op Police beach waar de openluchtfeestjes elke week het eiland op stelten zetten. Op het hele eiland zijn er geen aangelegde wegen enkel smalle wandelpaadjes. Om rond het eiland te geraken wordt gebruikt gemaakt van taxiboten.
    We worden overtuigd om deel te nemen aan een boottocht van 7 uur lang rond het eiland. We gaan snorkelen en vissen, maar op enkele kleine visjes na, wordt er niets gevangen. Terwijl we aan land gaan op Long beach maakt de crew eten voor ons. Het is barbecue met een stuk brood, een kippensaté en een groentensaté. Het is niet veel, maar we kunnen niet klagen, het kostte tenslotte ook maar 10 USD per persoon. Bovendien krijgen we het water, bier en fruit er gratis bovenop. De zon zakt langzaam weg in de zee en een eenzame vissersboot passeert langs de horizon. Wanneer de zon volledig onder is, gaan we weer het water in. Er leeft een speciaal soort lichtgevend plankton in deze zee. Ze reageren op snelle bewegingen door een fluorescerend licht uit te stralen. Eerst zien we niet veel. We zijn niet zeker of er ons iets is wijsgemaakt. Maar na een tijdje zagen we hoe honderden minuscule kleine lichtjes het water oplichtten als reactie op onze spartelende bewegingen onder water.
    Na twee dagen vertrekken we naar Koh Rong Samloen. Het kleinere eiland leeft een beetje in de schaduw van de grote broer Koh Rong en is daardoor veel minder toeristisch uitgegroeid. Dit is heel snel duidelijk van zodra we van de pier stappen. Het is zo mooi hier! Nog nooit eerder zag ik zo’n prachtige, witte, praktisch verlaten stranden. Waren we maar eerder naar hier gekomen! Het eiland is properder, minder druk en simpelweg een waar paradijs. Tijd om een boek boven te halen en echt helemaal niets te doen!
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  • Day61

    Koh Rong - Koh Touch Beach

    December 11, 2017 in Cambodia

    Die Überfahrt war total entspannt und je näher man der Insel kam, desto schöner und türkiser wurde das Wasser - ein Traum!
    Am Koh Touch Beach angekommen, haben wir uns schnell eine Unterkunft gesucht und daraufhin den Tag am Strand verbracht. 🌴

  • Day91

    Koh Rong, Cambodia

    August 12, 2017 in Cambodia

    Fluffy white sand beaches, lush jungle, turquoise waters... this island has everything. As it is a less developed island, we traveled to it without a booking and walked place to place until we found suitable accommodation. I loved our daily $1 fruit breakfast plates. We spent one day lounging at the beach and swimming in the clear warm water where my goggles came in handy! Paul and Arnetia, fresh from a NZ winter, got badly sunburnt, turning a distinct tomato red all over. We spent our evening eating barbecued fish on the beach.

    On one day we decided to 'splurge' on an eight hour boat trip that cost us $10 a piece. We went to a great snorkeling spot and fished like the locals with a hand reel (although we didn't catch anything). Our boat trip took us to Long Beach where we played a soccer game with a group of locals (soccer is definitely a universal language). We then had drinks in the waste deep warm water while we watched the sun set over the ocean. Next, the boat drivers cooked us a barbecue on the boat. When it got dark we swam with the bioluminescent plankton. It looked like the stars were underwater as people swam past us. It was an amazing experience we will never forget, and definitely worth the $10.

    Sadly, this was our last tropical island for a while. Next stop, the riverside town on Kampot.
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  • Day8

    Koh Rong

    March 6 in Cambodia

    After taking a four hour bus and an hour boat ride we arrived to the beautiful island if Koh Rong. It is located in the Gulf of Thailand in the southern part of Cambodia. Koh Rong was not on our initial itinerary but we decided that we wanted to escape the cities and go scuba diving again.

    We checked into a double room in Coco Boutique resort and it was lovely to be able to have a room to ourselves by the beach. We walked along the white sanded beach and enjoyed the heat of the sun. We heard about a full moon party which was happening the same night so bought tickets for it. When we arrived to the party there were performers who were throwing fire. It was very cool and fascinating to watch them perform.

    The following day we decided to go scuba diving again. Our instructor was Yi from China. We went to two dive sites we saw lots of fish including barracula, stingray and suckerfish. The second dive didn't have as good visibility so it was harder to see the big fish however it was good to practice our bouyancy techniques and hover in the water.

    The last day we went to high point rope park to do zipling and climbing. We climbed to a platform that was 27m high so we got a great view over the coast line. It was very fun however it was horrible to see locals cutting down the trees so it's hard to know if this forest will still be present in a couple of years.

    The island was beautiful and I would recommend anyone to go to it. It's a little more underdeveloped compare to Koh Tao however this adds to the attraction as there is not as many people there so you can enjoy the view in peace.
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  • Day109

    Koh Rong

    December 18, 2016 in Cambodia

    Koh Rong is een echt bounty eiland. We hadden een mooie bungalow wat hoger op de berg zodat we mooi uitkeken op de zee. Koh Rong heeft één echt dorpje en verder rond het eiland wat resorts bij verschillende stranden. Het dorpje is klein en gezellig, lekker eten en savonds is er van alles te doen! We zijn één nacht naar een ander strand gegaan, waar we een bungalow aan/op het strand hadden. Super relaxt en heel erg mooi. Ondanks dat ik in de Filippijnen en Indonesië ben geweest, staat Koh Rong bij mij nu op 1 als mooiste bounty eilandje haha! Het eiland is één grote jungle, omringd door prachtige witte stranden en super helder water. Daarnaast hadden we ook echt top weer. We zijn uiteindelijk 5 dagen blijven hangen!

    (Te veel mooie foto's...kan er maar 6 toevoegen)
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  • Day53

    Isolation zum Frühstück

    November 21, 2016 in Cambodia

    Eh ja, die Inseln Koh Rong und Koh Rong Samloem waren ein auf und ab, zumindest für meinen gesundheitlichen Zustand 😅.
    Zunächst ging es für zwei Tage in das Hostel Suns of Beaches, schön abgelegen mit Bootstransfer (mit 4h Verspätung) und einem einsamen Privatstrand. Bilder sprechen hier für sich! Ab dem zweiten Tag hat's mich dann auf unerklärliche Weise aus dem Verkehr gezogen und das sollte sich auch für die restlichen Tage auf den beiden Inseln nicht ändern. Neben einem geilen BBQ (ja das ging noch rein), lecker Red Snapper, haben wir die Tage ohne jeglichen Stress verbracht, zum Strand wandern, abhängen in Hängematten und aufs Meer raus starren. Highlight war mitunter das flureszierende Plankton bei Mondschein und Gewitter! Was für 1Leben 😂

    Nachdem ich mich dann quer durch die Reiseapotheke aller Mitreisender gefressen habe, eine angetrunkene und angehende Ärztin um Rat gefragt und sämtliche Liebe am Essen verloren hab, scheint es heute wieder Berg auf zu gehen. Kernsaniert und die Badeshorts mit einer Wäscheklammer fixiert sind Flo und ich heute noch eine Nacht in Schnuckiwill um morgen dann weiter zu reisen. Für mich geht's dann endlich nach Vietnam und der Rest verteilt sich in alle Richtungen 😪

    #KLOreichezeiten
    #KLANGkarusell (das lokale Bier heißt hier "Klang" und die Interpretation des Wortes überlass ich jedem einzelnen 😅)
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  • Day7

    Koh Rong

    November 20, 2017 in Cambodia

    Acordamos em Sihanoukville tomar o pequeno almoço no hotel, quem nos serve é a mulher do dono, muito mais simpática que o seu marido e quando percebe que falo francês ainda fica mais simpática.

    Um casal de meia idade que veio instalar se aqui mas a cada dia que passa tem mais vontade de voltar para a Europa, possivelmente Portugal ou Espanha. Na realidade Sihanoukville já foi em grande parte comprado pelos chineses, estes já construíram 44 Casinos e pretendem ter 80 numa cidade de 200mil habitantes. A rua do nosso hotel já foi toda comprada por chineses, que trazem a própria mão de obra mas o Khmer ainda não entendeu que lhes estão a tirar o emprego e mais cedo ou mais tarde terão de regressar para as zonas rurais.
    A outra razão pela qual este casal também se quer ir embora é pelo sistema de saúde. Pelos vistos estão limitados a levantamentos de 1500euros por semana e há menos de um ano atrás perderam um amigo, que estava com um problema pulmonar, mas como ele não tinha forma de pagar os tratamentos por mais que ele dissesse que tinha dinheiro e podia pagar depois, não efectuaram os tratamentos necessários. Há pouco tempo uma cliente também se sentiu mal, pelo que chamaram a ambulância mas não a queriam levar porque como estava quase inconsciente não conseguia mostrar os documentos necessários e principalmente forma de pagamento.
    Na realidade espero nunca estar doente num sítio destes, ontem vimos um centro de saúde aberto para a rua com um senhor sentado na maca a levar soro e a fumar.

    As 11h tínhamos que apanhar o barco, numa zona cheia de hotéis e casinos com um mau cheiro terrível, apesar das praias mesmo ao lado parecem muito giras.

    40 minutos depois chegamos ao paraíso num fast boat, 5 minutos a caminhar pela praia com as mochilas e descobrimos os nossos Bungalows (Paradise) de madeira na encosta da colina com vista para o mar e casas de banho privadas com paredes mas sem tecto, para ver o céu enquanto estamos sentados no trono. Uma osga de quase 30cm deu nos as boas vindas ao quatro.
    O restaurante das instalações também todo ele de madeira, sem paredes tinha a mesma vista sobre o mar que aparecia no meio da vegetação. Finalmente tínhamos chegado a um sítio tranquilo, longe do caos das cidades. Apesar desta ilha ser mencionada pela sua vida noturna, o facto de estarmos mais afastadas da confusão traria calma.
    Fizemos uma massagem de corpo inteiro para relaxar mais um pouco e as 19h partimos de barco, apesar da chuva para ver o plâncton, organismos microscópicos que serve de alimentação a organismos maiores e que brilham no escuro quando a água é agitada. Mesmo com chuva e trovoada eles não vão perder uma oportunidade de ganhar algum dinheiro com os turistas. O barco era animado a andar no meio do escuro, com espanhóis, russos, portuguesas e se percebi bem eslovenas.

    Pensávamos todos que íamos para uma praia escura ver o plâncton a brilhar onde as ondas quebram como nos postais. Na verdade param o barco no meio do escuro dão coletes e mascaras que não dão para todos. Fiquei sem colete e partilhei a minha máscara com a Xana. Mergulhamos e quando começamos a movimentar os braços e as pernas parecíamos sereias com milhares de estrelas a brilhar a volta, com a cabeça dentro de água as estrelas ainda se tornam mais intensas e nítidas.
    A tripulação do barco era um cambodjano com o seu filho que não devia ter mais de 5 anos mas que guiava o barco enquando o pai indicava o caminho no escuro, da proa do barco.
    De volta á praia, o filho foi para casa e as amigas eslovenas pediram ao pai se podia ir buscar cerveja.
    Tudo é oportunidade de negócio aqui, foi buscar as cervejas e quando lhe dissemos para comprar uma para ele também, foi precioso ver a cara de felicidade dele a dizer "Party, Party yeah yeah yeah"
    Tivemos direito a um show no barco, as nossas amigas estavam a demonstrar um circo hilariante que tinham visto um Siem Reap, apesar de no final aconselharem a ver porque para além de ser um ajuda para a educação das crianças, provoca emoções fortes e opostas, como a alegria e o ódio.
    No meio dessa paródia, o cambodjano quis nos levar para outro passeio de barco para ver a pesca de caranguejos e possivelmente trazer alguns para comer.
    Trouxeram um balde de caranguejos para dentro do nosso barco, e andavam a brincar com eles para nos impressionar e assustar, um deles tirou os elásticos das pinças e partiu-as com os dentes. Depois daquele espectáculo todo, queriam que fossemos comer os caranguejos na praia, era incapaz. Foi o que eles fizeram, nós, fomos para o restaurante comer uns legumes com arroz.
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Kaôh Rŭng, Kaoh Rung

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