Weekend Getaways – Koh Ta Kiev

Cambodia’s southern coast is littered with a handful of lush islands, equally beautiful but much less known than those of neighboring Thailand.

We spent one of our weekend breaks camping on one such island – Koh Ta Kiev. Here is a short photo journal 🙂

Lazy waters and pristine beaches
Hello lazy waters and pristine beaches 😉

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Much of Koh Ta Kiev is still jungle-clad – wild, jagged and beautiful with narrow trails connecting the different beaches.
Some of the most serene sunsets we have seen…
The morning view from our tent...not a bad way to wake up ;)
The morning view from our tent…not a bad way to wake up 😉
Unsure of our eating options on the largely undeveloped island, we packed our bags with baguettes, cheese, tuna, baked beans, bananas and (on impulse) a big jar of Nutella!
Unsure of our eating options on the largely undeveloped island, we packed our bags with baguettes, cheese, tuna, baked beans, bananas and (on impulse) a big jar of Nutella!
Lunch at the delightful French restaurant on Coral beach that an Australian couple had recommended to us. The way it works is that 20 minutes before the designated meal time, the menu for the day is announced and someone goes around to take orders - there are only three options to choose from, and they change every day with every meal!
On day two, the food ran out and we found this. Lunch at a delightful French restaurant on Coral beach. 3 menu options to choose from depending on the catch of the day! This was a tuna steak and shrimp dish 🙂

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We went back for dinner and snagged our own private deck. It was a great spot to catch the sunset and later watch the starry skies surrounded by flickering candlelight
We went back for dinner and snagged our own private deck. It was a great spot to catch the sunset and later watch the starry skies surrounded by flickering candlelight
With waters turning the most beautiful hues of blue, purple and amber
With waters turning the most beautiful hues of blue, purple and amber
Night is characterized by cozy camp fires and dips in the shimmering moonlit waters.
Night is characterized by cozy camp fires and dips in the shimmering moonlit waters.
We had fun with the camera :)
We had fun with the camera 🙂
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You can see how bright the moon was 😉

Though we couldn’t capture it, our last night brought on cloudy skies and lots of lightning (thankfully no rain). It was a spellbinding sight over the sea and many fellow campers huddled around a fire on the beach to watch the spectacular show. What made it more amazing was the plankton in the water, glowing with the slightest disturbance. And though we probably shouldn’t have, we had an incredibly surreal time swimming in the phosphorescent waters. A great way to end the trip!

Bioluminescent
So sad we didn’t have our camera to capture the plankton – this is a photo borrowed from the internet just to show how magical it was 🙂
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  1. Really enjoyed reading and seeing the pics..truly magical..have a great time! Luv, Papa

  2. Que impressionanteeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee……y lindaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa….Muita BOM!

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