Koh Rong, Cambodia 12th April – 15th April 2012
Kaôh Rŭng (1), Cambodia
Koh Rong, Cambodia 12th April - 15th April 2012
We woke up very early and headed to the dive shop were we got pushed onto a big bus full of a load of other travellers and tourists and was driven to the ferry point. We then all got herded out of the bus and onto a boat where we stayed for the next 2 hours before arriving on the island. The first impression of the island was that it was beautiful. It has only been open to tourist for 4 months, so it is very undeveloped and a great way to relax and shut off. We were starving so we headed to the first restaurant we could to get some breakfast before walking to the other end of the beach to check into our bungalow.
When we arrived at our bungalow we were told that we were upgraded to a treehouse (check out the photos) it was so so cool, even though it was only for one night. That day we sat in the sun and read our books and sat in the hammock was very chilled out.
The following day we went diving, I didn't have high expectations of the diving as it didn't sound like it was going to be very good, but I was pleasantly surprised, and really enjoyed the dives. That evening it was the start of new year celebrations and we celebrated hard with the locals, doing some crazy dance around a poll with lights on (sounds very odd - but it was fun). The next day was very horrible, we were very hungover. Bart managed to get himself into a bit of trouble and one of the locals from the dive center wanted to kill him. Finally, around 4pm we decided to move and head to another beach and get pizza for dinner. Then everything got very odd and strange. Bart and I arrived back at our room to find 3 local women looking at us strangely, as we opened the door we realized someone had been in our room and that my laptop had been stolen - everything from here on is very bazzare and I still can not explain what actually happened. We told the owners of the guesthouse and they said "don't worry security saw him" - I was like oo thats good. Then suddenly in less than 5 minutes I had my laptop in my hands and the whole village staring at me. Then the owner of the guesthouse took the laptop off me again then it was put in a fridge, then I had it back again (o it was a long process). Then the policemen arrived and what a sight he was!!! Let's put it this way he wasn't going to be running at all after anyone, after asking me a few questions in broken English - he told me I had to go to the Police station tomorrow morning at 7am.
The next day I woke very early, and boarded a boat with the owners of the guesthouse with a lot of other locals to go to the other side of the island to the police station, thankfully they had found someone who spoke English so at least I had someone to speak to. We arrived at the police station after about 45 minutes on a boat, the police asked me the same questions he asked the night before and wrote a report. He then asked me if I wanted to take it to court and I was like "court - no!!" but then all the locals started shouting at the police officer and one tried to punch him, then they started shouting at me I had no idea what to do all I wanted to do was have some breakfast and to get back to the other side of the island where Bart was. I finally got back to the other side of the island, to all the locals staring at me while I had something to eat. Bart and I decided it was time to leave the island and we got the 4:00pm boat back to Sihanoukville.