Pierre, a cambodian, did all the negotiation and managed to convince a local fisherman of the ripe age of eighteen to give us a tour of the island for ten bucks a head. Sorted! We jumped on board a vessel which looked in worse shape than one of the boats you see sinking full of refugees on the news, and started fanging around the island.
The first stop was Koh Rong's longest beach, 7km beach. Actually, its 6.5 km, but I don't think that has the same ring to it, do you? It's a beautiful beach with clear waters and squeaky sand that sings to you as you walk along it! The sand flies can be bad there though, so don't be falling asleep after a cheeky joint like a certain Swiss traveller named Lewis did, or you wake up looking like you have the chicken pox! However, the flies didn't bother us at all on our stroll along the beach. In fact, aside from finding Lewis, we were the only people on that whole 7 km stretch of sand! The good news is, if you don't have a boat, you can take a trek through the jungle for about one hour to get there as well.
Check out some of the pictures!!
After lunch we headed around to another beach where there was a river inlet. We had some coconut juice fresh from some coconuts and did some snorkelling where we saw heaps of crabs.
We finished the day with darkness falling before we got all the way around the island and us crashing through a swell which probably got to 2 metres at some very brief times. The local captain was very good, if young, and I swear he deliberately made the bow go under in order to get us wet, while somehow miraculously staying dry himself. Little bastard. The below pics are of a sunset the next day, and also the sunrise the morning after that.
After the cruise, Pierre organised for me do to my scuba open water with the local Dive Shop. That was three days of joy which culminated with me having a massive night on the turps with some of the local divers and travellers. More of that to follow... :)
I made a quick video after my first few drinks, which I was going to post, but decided to leave out as I have covered most things here... but wait for the next post and the hungover! :)
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