Koh Tonsay

Koh Tonsay

Rustic hideaway

Better known as Rabbit Island, Koh Tonsay is a lovely little island about 25 minutes away from Kep by hired boat, making it one of the most easily accessible of all the islands.

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Tonsay is also one of the least-developed, with no motor vehicles, no mains electricity and few residents, making it an ideal getaway from the grind. Definitely not flashpacking, the island will float your boat if you appreciate a good sunset.

Koh Tonsay pier. Start here. : Nicky Sullivan.
Koh Tonsay pier. Start here. Photo: Nicky Sullivan

Boats leave the ferry port regularly throughout the day—a return ticket will cost $8 or pay $30 for a boat with enough seating for six to eight people. Travel agencies near the bus stop can organise tuk tuk collections, boat tickets and accommodation. Or just turn up at the jetty in the morning to make your own boat arrangements and find somewhere to sleep when you arrive. Weekends and public holidays get busy and may require booking ahead, but on a normal weekday the island will be beautifully peaceful.

The main beach where the boats anchor is about 600 metres long, and lined with coconut palms, hammocks and lazy chairs, a few dozen huts and a handful of fresh seafood joints serving up some outstanding seafood.

Koh Tonsay is its own little world. : Nicky Sullivan.
Koh Tonsay is its own little world. Photo: Nicky Sullivan

There are eight “resorts”, each with its own beachside restaurant shack and a collection of stilted bungalows arranged around a lawn with coconut palms. Accommodation runs the length of the beach, with a choice of single or duplex huts. The cheapest, at $6, do not have their own bathroom. Pay up to $15 for a sit-down toilet and cold shower, or between $8–$12 for a squat toilet, bucket shower and tap. Forget complementary toothbrushes and air–con—rooms come with a bed, a fan and a mosquito net. And ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 600 words.)

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