Koh Ta Kiev, Cambodia: Beach Camping at its Finest

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Just off the boat. View from my hammock.

Koh Ta Kiev, Cambodia: Beach Camping at its Finest

Despite the challenges of getting there all of the Cambodian islands are well worth a visit. This is not Thailand so transportation can be a little unreliable to put it politely, but that is part of the charm of an island like Koh Ta Kiev. Unlike many of Thailands’ popular, over touristed islands, you can’t simply get a direct flight from Bangkok. Depending on where you are coming from you will deal with multiple bus or van transfers, maybe have to deal with a couple aggressive tuk tuk drivers in Sihanoukville, and finally get on a long tail boat for your journey to the island.

Just off the boat. View from my hammock.

Just off the boat. View from my hammock.

Getting to Koh Ta Kiev

Koh Ta Kiev is one of the closest of Cambodia’s gulf coast islands. Therefore it can be a great one to start with. It is also popular for day trippers for this reason.

Long tail boats bound for Koh Ta Kiev depart from Otres beach, which is a short tuk tuk ride or a very long hot walk from Sihanoukville. Otres beach is definitely a little cleaner, nicer, and more laid back than Sihanoukville’s beach so you may choose to stay there for a night or two. After doing exactly that I probably wouldn’t recommend it or do it again myself, unless I got in too late for a boat in which case it’s a toss up. Most of the boat tickets sold by travel agencies or gift shops include the tuk tuk or van ride out to Otres in the price for about the same amount you would pay for a ticket on the boat.

My advice: Just get through Sihanoukville or Otres as quickly as possible because what you will experience on Koh Ta Kiev will make you wish you had planned more time here.

Koh Ta Kiev from the north.

Koh Ta Kiev from the north.

Setting up camp

There are only a few places to stay on the island most of which have nice looking bungalows. But, of course, the real reason you’re here is to camp on the beach right?

You are in the right place. There are only two places to stay if you want to camp and conveniently they are on the opposite sides of the island. If you are a morning person, head over to the “sunrise side” and pitch a tent. On the “sunset side” of Koh Ta Kiev there are a few more options. You can rent a tent and camp at Crusoe Island resort, which also has some bungalows. Or if you really want to sleep under the stars you can rent a hammock or bring your own and stay at Ten 103 Treehouse Bay. I chose the latter.

So What Do You Do All Day?

That is a good question. Not much actually, but really that is the best part of it. That’s what its all about on Koh Ta Kiev. Wake up leisurely and go for a swim. Have some breakfast and go for another swim. You get the idea. If you are getting bored you can rent a kayak and try to do some snorkeling, but be warned, since the island is so close to the coast the water is not the clearest I’ve seen.

While it might be nice to have a tent if you are staying longer than a couple days, I would still recommend staying at Ten 103 Treehouse Bay, even though their only options are to sleep in a hammock or one of the pricier but very nice treehouse bungalows.

Keep in mind all the resorts on Koh Ta Kiev only run their generators from 6pm to 10pm so bring a good flashlight and be prepared leave the computer and phone in your bag because there is no wifi or cell service either.

sunset koh ta kiev cambodia



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  • Kaely

    Man I could use a little of that Koh Ta Kiev right now- 17 degrees this morning 😝 Winter has arrived in Nepa.

    January 4, 2016 at 9:53 am
  • timothy aikman

    its good to see a post again, even if it turns us all green with envy. I could definitely skip the whole getting there part, but that hammock sure sounds good to me right now!

    January 4, 2016 at 1:18 pm
  • Cara

    Oh Brooks what fun!!! All you’d need is a little lean to and you could sell coconuts and stay forever. We want you home though. At home you could set up a lean to and sell ice, snowballs and snowmen. Much more opportunities for entrepreneurship!!! Lol

    January 4, 2016 at 6:34 pm

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