For Whiskey and Stories

Trip Start Jan 02, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Ko Ru Bungalows

Flag of Cambodia  , Khétt Preăh Seihânŭ,
Thursday, January 13, 2011

The bus left the hotel at 8am and for once we were earlier than expected, arriving in Sihanoukville around 12.30pm. Had a funny surprise when we spotted the Russians Roma and Nika on the bus bright eyed as usual; we had inspired them to follow us to Koh Ru.

We were lucky enough to catch the boat as it was 30mins late; at last we have reached our destination and the slow travel begins!

Koh Ru is a small island about an hour off the coast of Sihanoukville where there are secluded bungalows along an 800m stretch of beach. Shared with the military, there is hardly any development and limited electricity; the perfect getaway we were after.

As expected, there were not enough bungalows so the Russians bunked with us. This was fine for the night, we saved money and had an enjoyable day and evening on the beach drinking whiskey and having complicated conversations.

The next day, Jamie and Roma traveled back to the mainland to get supplies such as cheap whiskey and food to cook on a fire. Whilst waiting for the return boat, Jamie found Roma on the beach surrounded by Cambodian girls giving him a manicure and feeding him pineapple, an amusing sight! That night, after collecting wood from the jungle, we made a fire that brought together other islanders for the first time. We heard some wild tales from the Russians of their younger days, and Roma pulled out his jaw harp and performed some live music.

Over the next week we made some great friends whilst exploring the island, swimming, snorkeling, playing cards, cooking on fires, watching sunsets, playing volley ball, catching rats and swinging in hammocks. There is just too much to say about our experience on the island and the people we met.

The Koh Ru Bungalows was a chilled out place, trying hard to avoid development. This comes with some draw backs such as the limited restaurant menu and occasionally sharing beds with rats, but hey, that is island life! We thought that it was a bit pricey, but we still came under, saving a days budget over 7 days.

Total $262 (26 quid a day)
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Jess on

I have limited access to websites at work, but thankfully they haven't restricted Travelpod!! It's awesome to be able to read your entries whilst at work...and your photos are stunning! Looking forward to the next entry I hoe you bump into the Russians again, they seem a right hoot!
Take care and enjoy!

jess on

*hope not hoe. Whoops!

betty on

Hahahaha this makes me weep like a 9 year old girl! By far my favourite beach on the trip. I would give my right arm to be there with you. These posts of mine are getting boring eh....! All I do is have a cry and wish I was with you!!! That goat bloody stinks too! Are the puppies still there? I love you as always. xxxx

appleandparsnip on

dogs, puppies, cat and stinky goat are all still there! Keep the comments up we like it! Are you still wearing black in our absence? haha miss you x

norma on

Great to view all this and keep up with you. Wonderful photos, blog and experiences.......think Jamie should leave his hair and see what its like tied back in a pony tail for a change......what think ye? xx

appleandparsnip on

I think a definite no! haha x

cousin oli on

I think your old man would like it Jamie!
Glad you're having a good time, keep it up!
Take care you two and be careful of those damn Russians, don't want to end up freezing with that Ice they love,ha!

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