Some help from those that know would be appreciated!
I'm thinking of heading to the island for a few days in July. I'd like to do some open water swimming, some running, good eating, and reading during the rain.
I've heard that to walk around the island takes 3 hrs, so running a lap or two sounds ideal, distance wise, but how is route finding and what is the terrain like? Will it be a mudslide in the wet?
How is the swimming straight off the beach(es)? Any strong currents? I don't need to go too far from shore, but am after some sustained swimming of 1 to 2 km in total.
Can anyone reccommend a friendly guesthouse? Not looking to party, just a quiet place to destress and eat.
Finally what is the cheapest way to get across to the island? Can any random travel agent in Kep sell me a boat ticket?
Thanks for the help!
-No strong currents that I can remember, but I guess it depends where you're at. Of course, exercise caution regarding rip currents and so on.
-No guesthouses, you just show up and get a bungalow for roughly 10$ I think, they're all pretty much the same so no use in booking.
-You can get your own ticket at the Kep docks, or a local travel agent can arrange it for you for a small fee. Boats used to leave twice daily (twice both ways I think. Once in the morning and another one around 4pm).
Bungalows - Pretty basic - squat toilet, bed with mossy net, power from 6pm to 9 - 11pm depending on numbers. All the bungalows are pretty much the same. You can walk the beach with accomodation in 10 minutes so have a look before you decide. I paid $7 a night for 2 nights.
I walked the island and you could run most of it. Trail is clearly marked for the most part. However, if you dont like the sight of what could be beautiful little beaches ruined with lots of rubbish, especially plastic bottles that are used as floats for gathering seaweed, then I wouldn't recommend the walk/run. I just got sad at the squalidness of it. The cool bits of the walk, little bursts of jungle, trail actually goes right up to the few houses scattered around the island, ie - its a locals trail, and some lovely views if you look over the top of the rubbish mean that you should probaly do it.
Swimming - all good of the main beach, small amount of undertow on the tide change and I didn't really swim seriously enough to get out to where rips would be but looking could not see any signs - no calm areas without waves in the surf.
Bad - rubbish ( not on the main beach though )
Good - beautiful sunsets, quiet and rustic, nice beach, cheaper than Kep for food and drinks, once the daytrippers go home you pretty well have the place to yourself so the few people that stay over tend to congregate at one of the little food shacks, very nice.
Overall I had a lovely time there and will be returning, if they cleaned up all the rubbish they would have a magic little island unlike anywhere else in Southern Cambodia.
Sorry Ackley, we are talking about Cambodia. Koh Tonsay is called Rabbit Island because it is supposedly shaped like a rabbit - there are no rabbits there.Ackley wrote:Rabbit Island, is such an amazing place as tourism point of view. I visited this place about a year ago with my friends. This island is located in the East Sea/Inland Sea of Japan. This island spread on 700,000 square-meter. It has more than 300 rabbits that roam freely, earning the nickname of Usagi Shima, or Rabbit Island.
Maybe read the thread before posting ? (Boats leave from Kep etc)
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