The Two Gallivants

“Fotofit” – Kep and Rabbit Island

Just south of Kampot, about a 25 minute drive, you find the gorgeous little seaside town of Kep. We stayed in town for a few days and went on a day trip to Rabbit Island, just spitting distance from the Kep coast.

It’s easy and cheap (a few dollars) to get from Kampot to Kep. There are loads of mini-van services or you could easily make the journey yourself on a motorbike. We stayed in the wonderful Kep Arun Rass (more of which in our next post) and used that as our base to explore.

There wasn’t loads going on in this slow part of the world except a lot of sunshine, lazing about on beaches and sedate bike rides. So, in keeping with the usual “Fotofit” format, there is less need for talking and more reason for showing.

On our first day, we took the short walk into town and along the man-made beach. It is nice to look at and catches the sun well, but we weren’t too sure how ethical and environmentally friendly it all was, so we moved on and spent some time on the pier watching the ebb and flow of Kep life…

kep5kep3After some more browsing around and a bite to eat, we headed back to our hostel and met our new neighbours…

kep1 kep2The next day we rented bikes from our hostel and explored a bit more up and down the coast and out towards the edge of town. We saw the sea engulfing some helpless tress and epic images of wide, desolate roads showcasing Kep’s many mountains…

kep4 kep7Kep has lots of random statutes as well, including these cute guys on a roundabout in the centre of town…

kep6And we rounded off the day with dinner in a beach-side restaurant, watching a woman in the sea hunting for crabs guided by the purple light of sunset. Beautiful.

kep8We booked a day trip through our hostel to the nearby Rabbit Island for the following morning. Famous among travellers for its sandy beaches and relaxing atmosphere, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity. A short boat ride brought us to the island and it was indeed very pretty, but we thought a bit of an anti-climax having recently been on Koh Rong, which was much more stunning.

Anyway, we took a 30 minute trek from the main beach to another part of the island where a few locals lived, hoping to find some secluded inlets. We didn’t unfortunately, there was always someone else about.

The other beaches on the island were less busy than the tourist one and they have stunning views of the mainland and of the local fishing culture, but the locals didn’t take much care with their rubbish (like the rest of Cambodia!)…

kep9kep10So, after a few photo opps, we headed back to the main beach to adore the sun and sip coconut shakes all day.

kep11And as the sun started sinking into the horizon, we got the boat back to the mainland two happy campers indeed (and probably with some coconut stuck in Declan’s beard)…

kep12The Two Gallivants

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