Back to basics on Bamboo Island

Trip Start Aug 09, 2010
Trip End Feb 01, 2012

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Bamboo Island

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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Hello to all you wonderful people!

After 2 heavy days in Phnom Penh we headed down south to chill out on the beach. It is amazing how relaxed we have become about accommodation. Now, we just turn up in a place and find somewhere to crash. We had 1 night in Sihanoukville before getting a boat over to Bamboo Island or Ko Russei to give it it's Cambodian name. 

Sihanoukville is a small town on Cambodia's southern coast. It is okay, nothing special. The beach has loads of bars and restaurants but the beach itself is average. We only used the town as a jump off point to get to Bamboo Island which is an hour and a half's boat ride away. 

Bamboo Island on the other hand was fantastic. We stayed at the Ko Ru Bungalows which are on a lovely stretch of beach. There are 12 basic bungalows discreetly placed on the beach and on the edge of the jungle. We couldn't even spot them as our boat entered the bay. When I say basic, I mean basic!  They were just some planks of wood put together by a very novice builder, a thatched roof, huge spaces in between the wood to let in a draft (so no need for a fan), shared toilets, and no hot water! Perfect. To cap it all off, we were meant to have electricity from 18:00 but in the 2 days that we were there it never came on and you know what? We loved every minute of it. All we did all day was read in our hammocks, eat and drink. Who needs all these fancy mod cons! The view from our bungalow was amazing. We could see the ocean in front of us and the jungle behind. Truly at one with nature. The night sky was probably even better than when we were in the Gobi desert and that is saying something. We were in bed by the oh so late time of 21:00. ha ha. It felt a bit strange being so open and close to nature but hey that's why we came here! 

Talking of nature, there were loads of animals on our stretch of beach, dogs, cats and chickens but the undisputed star of the show was the goat. Which I know Karen wants to talk about. So with no further ado, here is Miss Sargent....................

Hmmm I'm not sure how to describe the goat since it was the cutest thing ever in one instant but quickly changed into the spawn of Satan the next. As we were walking along the beach she approached us with her tail wagging. It's very bizarre to be approached by a goat. It seemed to take a shine to me and came up to me and rested it's head on my lap. I was struck by how strongly she smelt of cooked goat - I never realised live goats smelt so strongly. Maybe it was this comment I made to Paul that made her turn, or maybe she just wanted to have some fun! She started off by trying to eat my dress, I was having none of that. She then tried a different game, pushing hard on my legs with her head. At one point she jumped up on two legs and gave a little squeal which freaked us out. I tried holding her head whilst creating the biggest possible distance between me and her. She thought it was fun to chase me whilst I found it terrifying and ran screaming up some steps to this guy's bungalow. Luckily she had chased him as well so he did not look at me like I was some deranged woman. It turned out that it wasn't even his bungalow, he was also taking refuge from the mad goat. While I stood at the top of the steps, the goat stayed by the bottom steps, never removing her eyes off me. My heart was thumping wildly, I had no intention of going down those steps. Paul had been wise enough to run towards the sea and was safe from being chased. Luckily the benevolent stranger decided to save this damsel in distress and bravely climbed down the steps which of course ended up in him being chased down the beach. It's quite hilarious when it's happening to other people. 

After a couple of days roughing it on this Crusoesque island we reluctantly headed back to the mainland to start travelling to our final destination in Cambodia. 

More when we get there!

Love Karen and Paul  

P.S. Here's a shot of a wedding tent. In Cambodia they don't bother with wedding venues. Instead they just pitch up a colourful tent on the side of the road and bring tables and chairs. Easy!  
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Janet Silvio on

This Bamboo Island really resembles the Rabbit Island I have told you about :)

mom on

lovely pictures very funny read xx

Gaby Ganado on

Thanks Paul and Karen for giving us such a great opportunity to see parts of the world we will most probably never get the chance to visit.
Take good care xx

auntyp on

Hahaha really cool the way you described your so called knight in shining armour heading for the sea instead of saving his damsel.....too funny!!!!
WoW!!!,,,,that's some big goat hey!!!....They all seem to like butting people the buggers...I got chased and butted too once!!!!!
Take care and Keep well xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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