An early start saw us travel from Phnom Penh to Koh Kong. The journey was a beautiful one as it took us through Cambodian rainforests. We arrived at Koh Kong in time to catch dinner before a huge storm rolled in.
Our first full day in Koh Kong was a productive one. After much persuasion we found a boatman willing to take us to Koh Kong Island. Our plan being to camp on a beach there for a few days. Over breakfast we roped a couple of others into our plan. Our now group of four, set off to blitz the local market and stock up on supplies. Armed with bags of food, water, rain macs, pots, stoves and mosquito nets we went to make final arrangements with the boatman. He agreed to store our things for us until the following morning when we’d depart at 7am. That afternoon we hired a rickshaw to drive us an hour out of town where we spent the afternoon splashing around a waterfall set in beautiful jungle.
Our trip to the island proved to be a great adventure full of BBQs, dips in the sea, lightning storms and sleepless nights around a campfire. It was an amazing experience to be left fending for ourselves, even if only for a few days. The boatman’s promised pick up time came and went.The sea looked rough and the boat he’d use was tiny. A little panic stated fluttering in my stomach. A few hours later I wasn’t the only one expressing concerns. Eventually he arrived. Worries and panic about being left stranded forgotten, we set sail. New worries immediately arose, the sea was choppy and our little boat was bouncing over waves with increasingly large crashes. We made it back to Koh Kong, a bit on the shaken side but thankfully in one piece. We grabbed dinner from a street stall as the evening rain clouds rolled in and admired the storm from the balcony before getting an early night.