Paradise Found

By Stephen Ewashkiw | April 27, 2014

13,260 km so far.

A decision has been made that affects you, dear reader. We have decided to spend two more days in paradise, which means another couple of days delay before we can upload blogs. Of course, by the time you read this, all of that will be moot.

When we met the couple back in Phnom Pehn, who recommended Koh Ta Kiev to us, they told us the island is ridiculously laid back, with no vehicles, no running water, pocketed with private beaches, and hardly any people. It sounded too good to be true. We have discovered that here, on Ta Kiev, it is indeed true.

Beach Bums

It seems strange to me that on the island there is a beach called Naked Beach, because basically every beach is a naked beach if you wish it to be so. Still, we wanted to do something today, so we set out to find it.

Winding through the jungle to Naked Beach, Koh Ta Kiev.

Winding through the jungle to Naked Beach, Koh Ta Kiev.

After a winding few kilometres of jungle path, we stepped out onto a kilometre-long white sand beach.

Naked Beach, Koh Ta Kiev.

Naked Beach, Koh Ta Kiev.

The sea is clear and warm, without any rocks for pesky sea urchins to attach themselves to.

man in clear turquoise water

Putting the naked in Naked Beach, Koh Ta Kiev.

It is beautiful.

The sun rises on this perfect beach, but incredibly, so far no hotels have been built on it. Maybe that’s what makes it ‘Naked.’

Not even a lone bungalow blights this beautiful sandy crescent.

The only thing to spoil it is the garbage from around the Gulf that has washed up on its shore. There are water bottles from Thailand, M150 energy drink bottles, lots of beer bottles, and vegetable oil containers. You could easily fill a large skip with all the garbage on this beach.

At least if this island is developed, that is one improvement that will be made. There will probably be several Khmer employed just to keep the beach spotless. Unfortunately they will most likely just make a garbage pyre and burn it right here on the island, since proper facilities for recycling and disposal do not exist.

Khmer Siesta

Khmer people siesta very well. They can often be found in the hammock, sleeping, daydreaming, or watching their children play. We see people relaxing in hammocks everywhere: in the shade underneath homes; between the wheels of a broken down big-rig at the side of the road; strung up next to a boat’s engine; strung between trees; and hung in seaside bungalows.

We did our best impression of the Khmer siesta this afternoon, and spent the rest of the day lounging.

man lying on an outdoor sofa

Lying on the sofa, Ten103, Koh Ta Kiev.

Sort of.

With the blog several days behind we have spent some of our beach time writing about days gone by. We have both completed our own blogs now, and this afternoon’s project is to edit the backlog of each others’ posts.

See what we do for you, dear readers? You’re welcome.  


  1. Comment by Roxy

    Roxy May 4, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    Thank you!
    Note to self: must go there some day…

  2. Comment by lani

    lani May 4, 2014 at 7:17 am

    hello. wonderful looking island. have just recently found yous.
    i want to be riding with you! :) do little riding myself. short term. south east asia and latin amer so far. thanx for being out there in the world spreading your joys. lani

    • Comment by Stephen

      Stephen May 5, 2014 at 1:28 am

      Nice to hear from you Iani. Thanks for reading along. Hopefully it will give you sonpme ideas of places to visit in the future.

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