Ko Ta Kiev

Ko Ta Kiev is a remote island off the southeastern coast of Cambodia. It is all but undeveloped – there’s 4 or 5 bungalow resorts catering to backpackers, but no roads, no electricity, and no running water. The next island over has a cell tower, and if you hold your phone at the right angle at midnight under a full moon you can just pick up a signal.

The island is gorgeous, with clean sand beaches, unspoiled jungle, and a laid back atmosphere. It was the perfect place to relax for a few days after that REI trip.

My first glimpse of Ten103, the resort where I stayed.
The view from my bungalow in the morning.
Ten103’s bar. Note the wide variety of libations for sale.
View from another of the resorts. Each one had a slightly different vibe and different gimmicks. For example, at the Last Point you can participate in Klang-30, where you pay for one Klang beer but get to drink as many as you can over the next half hour. They had a little bell to start it off and everything.
Ten103 definitely had the best sunsets.
The line through the center is the Chinese Road, a broad straight path cut through by a Chinese developer years ago. They never got around to paving it, and now the jungle has reclaimed all but a particularly easy to follow footpath.

The only trouble with all this is that I got sick! It came on slowly, day by day, but by my last night I was tossing and turning with a fever. When the only bathroom is a squat toilet 150 meters away from your bungalow, it gives a whole different meaning to “the trots”.

I don’t know if it’s something I ate, or just the accumulated stress of 2 months of traveling catching up with me. But, a couple of people in the REI group had something similar the last couple days, so I’m hoping it will follow a similar pattern and resolve quickly.

I have now returned to the mainland on schedule. My original plan was to head to Phnom Penh, spend a day or two there, then fly to Thailand. That still might happen, but right now I am holed up in a budget hotel in Sihanoukville. It’s clean, it has AC, and it has a private bathroom with a western toilet. Here I will stay until I feel well enough to manage the 6-hour bus ride to the capital.

Update 11/26: I’m feeling much better after 24 hours of bed rest, and have a bus booked this afternoon to Phnom Penh. Onwards the adventure!

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