Another island

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  • After spending a few days on one Cambodian island I decided to see another. My travel partner, Jade from Canada, suggested we should make our way out to Koh Ru.

    Sometimes called Bamboo Island, Koh Ru is about a one hour boat ride from the rather awful beaches of SihanoukVille which is apparently famous as the sex tourism capital of Cambodia. Those beaches were crawling with creepy old men who flock there to shamelessly spend a few days in the company of young Cambodian hookers, or ‘taxi girls’ as they’re called.

    Koh Ru is not at all like SihanoukVille. Its two long beaches are peaceful, clean and relaxing, and both are serviced by just a single bar/restaurant. Being the low season we almost have the entire island to ourselves, but even in busy periods it’s still said to be very quiet.

    The water is warm and clear and the basic beach bungalows costs just $10 (US) a night. There’s a hamock on the deck of my beach bungalow and I can watch the small fishing boats (seen in todays picture) rock gently in the water as I listen to the waves lapping the beach. After sunbathing and swimming there is practically nothing else to do here which is surely exactly what you want from an island like this.

    This post was delayed due to the fact that there was practically no internet signal on the island.

  • 4 comments on “Another island

    1. so it seems you are receiving a stream of visitors, and at $10 a night in such beautiful surroundings I thought I might pop over for a couple of days, but then you said no internet so I cancelled my flight and decided to stay ah home with my “taxi girl”. Don’t tell her I said that, but it does sound cute.

      • You know James, I do feel rather privalaged that people have come from far away places to spend time with me, even if some of them have tag that visit onto the end of a business trip. It means a lot to me and I am always delighted to see familiar faces in far off places.

    2. back home we are hard wired into cerebral problems: fraudulent bankers, phone hacking journalists, global warming, slimy politicians, 2.5M unemployed, crashing European economies, the Prime Minister talking about withdrawing housing benefits from the under 25’s, extreme weather (Yorkshire had a month of rain in one day last weekend, Washington DC having storms + 40ยบ temperatures) whilst you are sitting on a beach looking a pretty boats and blue skies writing about Taxi Girls.

      Please compare and contrast that with issues of the day in Cambodia.

      • A popular question I get asked is if I miss the UK. You have just captured perfectly the reason as to why I don’t. In fact I would go so far as to say that even the thought of returning to that miserable little island makes me feel sad! (I miss Australia!)

        Truth is, I haven’t watched the news or looked at BBC news online in quite a while. As a result the trouble and global problems are simply passing me by which suits me fine. Watching the news is a largely depressing affair I find. It seems like a constant stream of bad news, fear mongering propeganda, and nonesense celebrity gossip to titillate. No doubt I’ll plug back into the news at some point but for now I am happy to be out of the loop.

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