Saturday, January 14, 2017

Koh Ta Kiev

 Before sunset on our first night






 Common area/ restaurant in the treehouse
High tide by the magroves at sunrise
 Fruit trees



One of the treehouses





We stayed in the 'Parakeet Suite'







 A trail through the jungle




 Paradise...


















 Making new friends

 Walks on the beach




On Monday morning we sailed away on a long tail boat in the choppy seas to the nearby Cambodian island, Koh Ta Kiev. The wind was pretty strong that day and the only person who made it off the boat completely dry was little Charlotte, who had her mummy and daddy as human shields against the huge waves of water.

Once we arrived on land we checked into our accommodation for the three night stay, which was to be in a tree house in the jungle, with a view of the ocean. Our tree house consisted of a four poster wooden bed, with a mosquito net; a cane shelf and a wooden table and chairs. Oh, and a hammock to kick back and relax in. What else could you possibly need to enjoy the island life?

The island remains largely undeveloped, with only six accommodation options spread out across the different beaches, each one with their own small restaurant. There is no running water on the island,  and no electricity, although generators run through the middle of the day to around 11 pm at night. Once the generators are switched off and the music is off, the world becomes silent apart from the ocean's crashing waves. 

Koh Ta Kiev is the ultimate place to unplug yourself from everyday life and relax in nature. Where else in the world can you sleep in a treehouse, with only the sound of the waves to lull you to sleep? It is quite a unique place, but sadly the tranquility of this island is not set to last, with big development planned in the coming years. 

Our mornings on the island started quite early, with Charlotte waking up usually before the sun was even up. After breakfast we would walk along the beach and dip our toes into the water. Nathan bought a collapsible fishing rod back on the mainland, so he tried his luck out on the shore to catch some fish, but the water was too shallow there. 

Apart from enjoying the beach outside our treehouse, we also took several walks around the island, through tropical jungle and swamp. The vegetation on the island was really quite varied, and made for a very interesting and enjoyable walk. At one point, after walking through dense tropical jungle, we came to a clearing and experienced a different type of scenery, which reminded me of the Australian bush. It was so surprising how much the scenery changed in the middle of such a small island.  

Our favourite thing about Koh Ta Kiev was the amazing long stretches of unspoiled beaches. Nathan commented that there was about 200m of space for each person on the beach at one time. There is definitely no fighting for towel space on these beaches. You will probably have the whole beach to your selves!

On Thursday morning we sadly packed our things and left back on the boat to the mainland, thankfully on a much smoother crossing! The memory of this peaceful island will always be in our hearts ❤

Thank you for reading 😊
Hannah xx


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