This was probably one of my favourite stops in Cambodia. We had battled between staying in Kep and Kampot, with time running out we didn't feel we had time for them both. In the end we went with Kep purely because it was closer, and after 12 hours on buses we were damn happy to save that extra hour!
We stayed at the Bacoma guesthouse, for $15 a night we got a charming round stone hut with thatched roof. Inside it was wonderfully simple, big comfy bed, mozzie net and shelves. The communal area doubled up as the bar and restaurant, serving darn tasty food in big comfy lounge chairs. Every evening the owner put on a dvd on the 48 inch projector, it was the perfect chill out.
We ever up spending 4 nights, the first day we borrowed bikes and cycled around the tiny town, finding a little Mexican where I stuffed down a 10am fajita. Then we headed to explore what Kep is famous for, it's crab market. All the fishermen keep their catches in wicker baskets in the sea, pulling crabs out by the kilo when a deal is made. To stop them pinching all the crabs are bound with elastic bands - a tad strange sight.
The second day we braved the national park, enjoying a leisurely 8km stroll around the flat circular route, until we got bored and decided to head in and up the mountain. Turns out there were a few hungry mozzies, and a hungry dog, on route. We came out looking rather sweaty, and very bitten. The views over the sea were well worth the trek tho. Back to the crab market in the evening to watch the gorgeous sun set, we finally found the restaurant the staff recommended us and I had the best prawns of the trip, cooked in the local peppercorn sauce. Scoff.
Our final day saw a hotel pick up and 40 minute long boat to Koh Tonsay, a small island just off the coast. A beautiful place to spend our last day in Cambodia. We sunbathed on the golden sand, swam, got $5 khamer massages, ate $5 massive plates of sea food and gobbled $2 mojitos. A beautiful taste of island life.
In the evening it was the owners son's birthday, so he made a bit of a party for him, kindly offering us a lush free curry dinner and beer. It was nice to see a genuine guy making his business a home for his family.
I was very sad to be leaving Cambodia, going straight from Kep to Koh Chang in Thailand. We felt the negative reviews of Koh Rong, the time and money to get there were probably not worth it, and saving them both for a more relaxed pace in Thailand would be worth it. Plus, what better way to leave a country than after the few days we had in Kep.