Cambodia’s south coast has picturesque islands scattered across the waters of the Gulf of Thailand. The pristine tropical islands offers you to step back in time and to enjoy the beach shack living of Thailand 20 years ago.
If you don’t have enough time, but you still want to explore some of the last untouched beaches in Cambodia, go for the daily tours to the outlying islands.
The tour we booked was prices at only $15 and it included free pick up, boat transfer, lunch, beer and snorkeling gears. We were going to explore three different islands and to make a stop at the Bamboo island.
After the early pick up, we enjoyed our breakfast in a local shop after which we proceeded to the dock. The first stop along the way was next to a small island called Koh Ta Kiev.Actually we didn’t reach the island itself, but we moored in the shallow waters.
There we enjoyed one hour of snorkeling in the calm waters. There weren’t many fishes apart from parrot fish and some small creatures, but we should say that the reefs were in a very good condition.
The second island we visited was the Bamboo island, or the place that made me fall in love with Cambodia. A relatively big island that was lacking on paved roads or shops, but was offering the best atmosphere a traveler can ask for.
While the crew was preparing the lunch, we made our way through the lush greenery on the island and discovered a small beach. Later on we did a research and found out that there were bungalows for rent, part of Koh Ru Bungalows.
The white sand beach was breathtaking and the view was the unspoiled by hotel buildings or clubs. Most of the bungalows didn’t had doors and they were left open to the nature.
After a quick lunch comprised by not so tasty chicken meat, a bun and carrot salad, we made our way back to the mainland. Before arriving back in Sihanoukville we made one last stop near Koh Chaluh.
Again without geting too close to the island, we were free to snorkel in the surrounding waters. Everyone on board got ice cold beer and an unlimited refills, even the captain.
This tour was a pleasant way to discover the last untouched islands in Cambodia, to get an impression on how life in Thailand was 20 years ago and to escape from the bustling coast of Sihanoukville.