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Crusoe Island - a new camp ground on Koh Ta Kiev (Sihanoukville)

  • lmacka

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    Ahoy there!

    We recently opened a campground on Koh Ta Kiev Island off the coast of Sihanoukville earlier this year called Crusoe Island. We opened the campground in response to a great number of travelers telling us they loved staying on the islands but could never afford to stay long. We've kept our accommodation very affordable, our bar prices are not inflated and the menu ranges from $2 to $20 to cater for the long-termers as well as the occasional splurge.

    We sell camping permits for $2 per night which gets you access to the campground facilities including showers, western toilets, a beach bar, an excellent restaurant and the hire shop.
    If you don't have your own gear, we rent out 4-man tents (comfortable with 2 people) with mattresses and pillows for $5 per night which includes camping permits. We also have some pretty funky bungalows including a grass tee-pee, a jungle hut and a wrecked boat converted into a house.

    We offer a great range of activities to keep you busy including fishing trips, snorkeling, spear fishing, trekking, jungle survival classes, khmer kick-boxing classes (bokator), woodworking shop, archery... the list goes on.

    The campground is on a western-facing headland with several small private beaches and one 1.8km long beach. There are campsites right on the beach, set back into the jungle canopy and even a few completely secluded sights with incredible views. A long and colorful coral reef lies ~50m off the beach and offers brilliant snorkeling.

    The boat ferry runs from Otres beach daily and costs $13 for a return ticket.

    You can check out the Crusoe Island website or Facebook page for more information and lots of photos.

    Note: We have secure parking on the mainland for anybody touring on motorbikes. We came to Cambodia years ago on a bike and welcome fellow riders!

    #1 Posted: 22/9/2012 - 23:56

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  • hochitim

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    27th September, 2012
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    Ahoythere mates

    I see on ye website there be gales everyday until November? I was hoping to be washed ashore around the last week of October. Any chance of some shelter and a few pints of grog?

    #2 Posted: 27/9/2012 - 12:27

  • lmacka

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    19th August, 2011
    Posts: 15

    Hi there! Apologies; we wrote a response much earlier but it disappeared into the ether!

    We've decided to 'soft open' for the next few weeks and have a small group of great people out here right now. There's still a bit of work and training going on but nothing noisy or intrusive. There's tents and a couple of nice bungalows available, but a limited capacity until November.

    You're very welcome to come out and stay a while; plenty of cold drinks and good camp food to go around!
    Contact us through the details above if you'd like to visit!

    #3 Posted: 17/10/2012 - 01:31

  • lmacka

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    19th August, 2011
    Posts: 15

    Hi TravelFish!

    It's been a year since we first made our presence known to you. Well we're still here and very much looking forward to at least a mention on your page for Koh Ta Kiev , In fact, we'd really love it if you could send someone out to our island to get the down-low on what's really going on out here as the facts stated on your page are way off.

    Allow us to sum it up for you:
    The French company had and still holds its lease on part of the island, but they're not the ones you want to be writing about. A Chinese-Malasian conglomerate has painted Koh Ta Kiev for extensive development including a large casino resort, golf course, etc. In December 2012 they began by absolutely obliterating the rainforest on the island to make way for roads, subterranean pipelines and a waste water treatment plant just to begin with. When rainy season hit in April 2013 they stopped work and it remains stopped for now. We expect they'll be right back on it come November when the rains clear up.
    Although your article states that they've stopped new businesses from opening, we teed up an agreement with them to operate. As did Shangri-La bungalows just south of Ten103. Also the Koh Ta Kiev resort you write about was abandoned a couple of years ago and was subsequently taken over by a Khmer family who have expanded the place and renamed it!

    So, there's actually 4 places to stay on Koh Ta Kiev, all spread across the Western beach. But we would highly recommend you get someone out to experience the island as it is before it's turned into yet another concrete jungle. It's heading that way VERY fast; we give it another year or two before it's all paved over.

    Here's a little photographic juice to show you what we're talking about.

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    Taken in exactly the same place as the following photos...

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    Anyway, this all spells disaster for Crusoe Island. If this development project turns out to be one of the few that doesn't collapse into financial deficit, the location that Crusoe Island is on (and all the other guesthouses) will be turned into either residential estates or the casino proper.

    Long story short; enjoy Koh Ta Kiev while you still can! There's nothing like Crusoe Island in Cambodia so far as we've been able to find. The whole business concept is somewhat odd as the focus is on good times rather than making a profit. To that end, we've lowered most of our prices compared to our above post to encourage as many people to visit our little paradise while they still can!
    Lots more info on our website, http://www.crusoeisland.asia

    And please... TravelFish, update your page for Koh Ta Kiev so people actually know what's going on!

    #4 Posted: 19/9/2013 - 22:07

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    Hi,

    Sorry it's taken me a while to get back to you on this - I wanted to check with our researcher before replying. We had someone on the island in April/May, they handed in the research in June and it got lost in the editorial mix - I actually forgot we'd commissioned it till you posted the above - giving me a suitably "oh crap" moment.

    The research has now been edited and updated on the site and we've referenced your comments above re the dimwits trashing the joint - thanks for posting the pics & my apologies for the delay.

    Cheers

    Stuart

    #5 Posted: 3/10/2013 - 21:10

  • lmacka

    Joined Travelfish
    19th August, 2011
    Posts: 15

    No problem Stuart, these things happen.
    We're keeping a blog on our site which we'll keep updated with the proceedings of the foreign invaders. If anything significant happens (such as, everybody gets kicked off the island) I will update this thread so you know about it.

    Cheers!

    #6 Posted: 3/10/2013 - 21:20

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