- Beach / Seaside Resort
- Off the beaten track
Lying 30 minutes by boat from Kep, a trip to Koh Tonsay offers the opportunity to spend an enjoyable day on a white sandy beach bordered by coconut palms.
A white sandy beach bordered by coconut palms, hammocks, a beach bar to quench your thirst at, and in the near distance, fishermen, returning from their day at sea – the picture postcard is complete. This isn't the first image the idea of a trip to Cambodia brings to mind.
It's true to say that visiting this country is more about going to see Angkor, but a trip to Koh Tonsay could prove the perfect compliment to the rest of your stay. Those suffering from seasickness should probably avoid making the crossing in unfavourable conditions. The boats used are pretty basic, small and light.
In summary, I recommend an excursion to this island as a good way to spend a peaceful, relaxing day out.
At the weekend, lots of Cambodians from Phnom Penh go to Kep on the Gulf of Thailand. I did the same plus a bit more, crossing over the sliver of sea which separated us from Rabbit Island (Koh Tonsay). And there we simply enjoyed the environment. Warm swims, massages, long chats, an abortive tour around the island (because, despite what we had heard, it's impossible to do it), meal while watching the sun set and a night in a bungalow under the mosquito net.
Because there's not very much to do on Rabbit Island.
Bucket showers, because there's no running water, bottled water, or beer, to drink, and the prices are a bit higher than on the mainland. It costs about $10 for a return trip of about half an hour each way. Watch out for sun stroke.
It's nice to stay and sleep there (the bungalows can be quite expensive but you can negotiate, even though the guesthouses follow one another in a line), to be an islander, when all the other tourists who came to sun bathe during the day leave, and you can stay with the few who remain to watch the sun go down. The lights go out at 10 p.m. when they cut the electric generators. It's early to bed on Rabbit Island.