I hate ants.....beautiful remote Rabbit Island!

Trip Start Jan 07, 2008
Trip End Jul 22, 2008

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Flag of Cambodia  , Kep,
Thursday, May 1, 2008

I found myself ending up on a small gorgeous island called Rabbit Island, aboot a 30 min slowboat ride off the coast of the town called Kep in southern Cambodia, very close to Vietnam actually, as i backtracked a bit.

From Sihanoukville, i took a 2 hr bus to Kampot and wasn't feeling it's vibe so hopped on a moto taxi for an hr to go to Kep as there were a few others headed the same way so was quite easy. Then shared a boat with 2 others to get to this island. There is Bamboo Island off the coast of Sihanoukville which was supposed to be lovely but it's very expensive (bungalows are $18/nite) and busy so i was very happy with my Rabbit Island...only $5/nite and maybe only aboot 15 other peeps on the island in total including locals and tourists.

The past few days i had been feeling a bit lonely and really wanting some good company so a remote island wasn't exactly the best place to be but i found myself there and was gonna make the most of it...I stayed 3 days, 3 nights and the last days i truly enjoyed myself and could really appreciate the tranquility and the beauty of the island as i came to really appreciate my own company again..reconnected with myself (again). The amenities were basic, no electricity except at night for a few hrs via generator...but my bungalow for some reason never got any electricty so candlelight it was. The shower was outside - a hose with 4 small rickety wooden walls around it. I preferred to take a dip in the sea, just outside my doorstep.

It was so lovely to basically have an island to myself. There were no hawkers or beggers...in Sihanoukville on the beach locals walked around selling anything from fruit to massages to shoe repair to pedicures (i was sick of women offering to wax my legs when i just shaved them the day before..haha) to jewellry. I also had never seen so many beggars being amputees and children. It's heartwrenching actually.. seeing a woman with no legs carrying a small child with one arm and dragging herself along with the other. What do you do though? I gave a bit a money to the first few but you can't possibly give money to everyone and if you do give money then that encourages them to stay on the street (especially with the kids) so i just don't know...

Anyways so you get my point, it was very nice to be away from all the hustle and the bustle of the mainland and be in my own world for a few days (more so than usual). It took 2 hrs to walk around the coast of the entire island with maybe only 5 homes being seen.. and a few happy curious kids, waving and screaming 'hello' 'hello'. There were many beaches along the coast, some rock, some sand..fishing boats...and i witnessed 5 men struggling to get a cow into a boat with just manpower...i wandered how the cows got there. So needless to say my time on the island was very relaxing...lots of time spent swinging in yet another hammock on the porch of my bungalow staring at the palm trees and the waves of the sea...reading, taking pictures, swimming, writing, thinking...and that's aboot it i do believe!

Oh ants..there's ants everywhere as with any warm climate and i hate them! They are black, red, big, small, very very small and they get everywhere. Always check your bed (or hammoock) before partaking in any sleeping or swinging. In Malawi one night in a hostel i learned after an hr of scratching in my bed (feeling quite protected with my mosquito net) that there were 100s and 100s of ants in my bed - yikes! ..and all over me! So i hate ants! Not sure where this venting of ants came from but i feel better now...phew! Thank you!!
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