For Whiskey and Stories
Trip Start Jan 02, 2011
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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
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)