Cambodia- Koh Ta Kiev - Absolute escape from the reality...

Cambodia- Koh Ta Kiev - Absolute escape from the reality...

I’m not sure if it’s about always smiling inhabitants, nature, exotic destination or something completely different but I was amazed by the number of young people from all around the world who were exploring interesting Cambodia. Among all the islands and hidden places I had the opportunity to drift away in this beautiful Kingdom, Koh Ta Kiev (island) was for sure one of the most unique places in Cambodia. Many of people exploring the country usually don’t go there, which is just another advantage of it, of course there are visitors , but no crowd or people obsessed with taking selfies and posting on Facebook or doing some similar  stuff ( don’t want to use another “s” word).

The beauty of the island also lies in the fact that posting is not even possible on the island, you are miles away from the internet and you just have to adopt yourself to people on it and feel the vibrations of Koh Ta Kiev and energy on it. Still since the island has many “things” to offer, more than certain there are rumors about it among backpackers traveling around Cambodia, even if they didn’t have the chance of getting there.

If  by any case you have missed  “The Beach” movie with Di Caprio, where group of people has a world for themselves on a hidden small island, a world ruled by their own rules far from the civilization we know today, if you have missed it, watch it. And the ones who are still dreaming about the idea, take some money you need and run to Koh Ta Kiev. Something like that does exists, but in Cambodia , not Thailand. The island is in Thai gulf , around 10 km away from SihanoukVille, popular Cambodian port and summer resort on southern eastern part of the country. As for the country itself the best part of the year for traveling there is during dry season, something like November till April, otherwise rain might get between you and enjoying it.  Driving on a boat towards island  is already interesting and it takes about an hour from Otres Beach ( popular beach – part of  SihanoukVille) , where you will always find a boat to take you there. Besides you will for sure meet local fishermen on the way there and get to know with their tradition of fishing. And closer I was getting to the island  more was I realizing why this was the island my friend mentioned as the one where I just  have to go.

I still hadn’t put my feet on the sand while getting off the boat, but I could have already smelled some amazing food being prepared, combined with the smell of weed which everybody smokes there and which is being breed on the island without any issue. The energy on the island is something that made everyone prolonged their staying at least for a day more than planned. No wonder ’cause just after few hours there, you  forget about everything and leave it all behind, at the same spot where you left every sign of modern civilization. Joel, everything except typical American guy, holds a “resort” where I was staying and a good part of the island. With the tree houses where you  will sleep  for around  5 US dollars per night he has his own crew living there with him and making you feel as if you had found a new home. It doesn’t stop here,  they even have their mini manufacture of normally forbidden Absent. How? Everything is possible in Cambodia if you know who to give money to, which as you can assume isn’t always good as in the case with the Koh Ta Kiev. He basically gives some money to the army, which island belongs to and they leave him alone.  After just few hours which I have spent drinking at the bar every person who stepped on the island after me had the same question ; “Hey are you dude that makes his own Absent?”   So, it didn’t take too long for me to realize that the island wasn’t popular only for the beautiful nature.

Yet there weren’t more than 15 of us there all together which was more than awesome and with all the stimulation for easier way of forgetting problems, Joel also takes care that you eat an amazing food. Man was a cook in Italy for several years, consequently for just few dollars you  can enjoy great Italian cuisine. Since there are also local people living and working for him , you can have the taste of local food too.

It wasn’t just about the food, booze and weed or even the amazing nature around me, the way they were thinking about every single detail, simply makes you  feel like you’re at your new home, just having a huge outdoor house. You just become one with the jungle around you, there are no boundaries between you  and the nature. You  sleep together  with birds, all kinds of bugs,  mice and other animals, but no snakes around you , at least I haven’t seen any.

When the night falls, things become even more interesting … Guitar gets its own five minutes of glory, you easily forget about the electricity, there is enough of it only for the fridges, or if you really need to charge your phone. After a night underneath the stars, in the middle of nowhere hangover is much easier  to handle when you awake with the view you do and it takes just few steps to dive into the sea.

 

Kambodža, Koh Ta Kiev - apsolutni bijeg iz stvarnosti!

Kambodža, Koh Ta Kiev - apsolutni bijeg iz stvarnosti!

Je li do uvijek nasmijanih Kmera , prirode, egzotike ili već nečeg drugog, ne znam, ali fascinantan je broj mladih ljudi iz cijelog svijeta koji se odlučuje na otkrivanje zanimljive Kambože. Od svih otoka i skrivenih mjesta na kojim sam imala priliku gubiti se iz stvarnosti po kraljevini, otok Koh Ta Kiev definitivno je ostao jedno od najboljih mjesta. Mnogi koji su potovali kroz Kambodžu nisu odvojili vrijeme za njega, no to mu samo postaje još jedna prednost, nije postao tipično turističko sakupljlište onih opsjednutih fotografiranjem i objavjivanjem statusa po facebooku, to tamo nije baš ni moguće, odcjepljeni ste od gotovo svega i morate se prilagoditi ekipi i osjetiti vibracije otoka i energiju prirode. Ipak otok je po mnogočemu poseban, pa priče o njemu itekako kruže među backpeckerima koji “briju” po Kambodži, sve ako i nisu otišli do njega.

Ne znam jeste li kojim slučajem propustili Di Caprijev film Žal, u kojem Tajlandski skriveni otok postaje mjesto na kojem nekoliko mladih ljudi stvara novi svijet za sebe po svojim pravilima, daleko od bilo kakve civilizacije, ako jeste pogledajte, a oni koji  još maštaju o toj  ideji, skupite lovu i krenite na Koh Ta Kiev, nešto gotovo takvo postoji, samo u Kambodži. Otok je u Tajlandskom zaljevu, oko 10 kilometara od SihanoukVillea, poznatog Kambodžanskog lučkog grada/ljetovališta, na jugozapadu zemlje. Kao i  većinu zemlje najbolje ga je posjetiti za vrijeme sušnog razdoblja, inače kiša može postati prepreka u uživanju, sušno razdoblje je laički rečeno onda kad je kod nas najhladnije, od studenog, pa recimo do travnja, opet naravno postoje varijacije. Već je sama vožnja barkom do otoka od, oko sat vremena udaljenog Otres Beacha ( popularna plaža blizu grada)  zanimljiva, jer uvijek imate priliku vidjeti lokalne ribare i njihov način ribanja, a što sam  mu se više približavala shvaćala sam zašto svi koji su bili govore o tome kako je to otok na koji jednostavno moram.

Još nisam ni oba stopala stavila na pijesak, silazeći s barke, miris neke dobre hrane samo je blago prikrivao miris trave, koja se na otoku puši, ali i bezbrižno uzgaja, a energija koja vlada na otoku natjerala je gotovo svakog  tko je zakoračio da produlji svoj boravak, jer već nakon samo nekoliko sati, nema te stvari na koju ne zaboraviš i ostaviš tamo gdje si ostavio i svaki trag civilizacije. Joel koji nije ni po čemu tipični Amerikanac drži dobar dio otoka. Uz kućice  na drveću , za koje plaćate par dolara na noć,  ima svoju ekipu s kojom živi i ugošćuje vas, a uz  to imaju i malu proizvodnju inače zabranjenog  Absenta ,a i  dobru zalihu trave u džungli. Kako ? Tako, u Kambodži je SVE moguće, ako znate kome dati lovu, u ovom slučaju on plaća “danak” vojsci kojoj otok inače pripada, a za dobru lovu, oni ga baš ništa ne pitaju. U samo nekoliko sati provedenih za šankom i hladan alkohol, najčešće se čuje, od onih koji su došli nakon mene, ; “hey are you dude that makes his own Absent?”   tako da mi nije trebalo dugo da shvatim da se ne radi samo o uživanju u netaknutoj prirodi.

Uz stimulacije za zaboravljanje problema, brine se Joel i za uživanje u hrani, pa za par dolara jedete  talijanske specijalitete koje sam priprema, čovjek je radio ko kuhar u Italiji, već sam napomenula da nije tipičan Amerikanac ili lokalne specijalitete, koje pripremaju lokalci koje žive i rade na “njegovom otoku.”

Osim predobre prirode, način na koji je sve skupa uređeno izgleda ko da je dio otoka oduvijek,  mislili su na svaki detalj kod uređivanja., tako da taj cijeli dio otoka izgleda ko da ste došli kod nekoga doma, samo je kuća na otvorenom, sve skupa tjera vas na pomisao da vam se nikako ne odlazi i da bi bilo super ostati vječno i  pretvoriti ovo u novi dom. Kad ste na otoku jednostavno postanete jedno s džunglom na njemu, nema granica između vas i prirode, spava se zajedno s pticama, kukcima svih vrsta ,miševima i svim ostalim životinjama.

Ono što još neodoljivo podsjeća na film Žal, kad dođete odmah ste dio ekipe i istog trena oni koji su tamo postaju vaša nova zamjenska obitelj, inače vam nema ni puno smisla ostajati  na otoku,… no bez brige svi su doslovno ko leteći medvjedići, ;  “ako volite planinu,  rijeku i cvijet primit će vas odmah u svoj šumski svijet .. ”  samo su planina i rijeka zamijenjeni  nekim drugim stvarima ;). Kad padne noć stvari postaju još zanimljivije, gitara dobije svojih 5 minuta , struja se brzo zaboravi, ima je dovoljno samo za napuniti mobitele, za one koji se baš teško isključe iz svijeta. A nakon dobre noći ispod zvijezda, na otoku na kojem sam se osjećala ko da sam doslovno usred ničega, totalni odsjek od stvarnosti, svaki mamurluk postaje podnošljiv uz pogled s kojim se budiš.

Za vrijeme boravka na otoku, ali i danas kad često pomislim na otok, ne mogu da ne zaključim kako u našoj zemlji s 1000 otoka postoji bezbroj mjesta gdje bi se jednako dobar  bijeg za željne spajanja s prirodom mogao napraviti, jer ionako je energija na otoku ta koja ga čini posebnim prije same prirode, a osim toga nije da naša priroda baš zaostaje za onom u Kambodži , dapače. Ok možda ne možemo proizvoditi Absent ili uzgajati travu, ali nešto jednako dobro moglo bi privlačiti ekipu sličnoj onoj koja tamo odlazi iz cijelog svijeta.  Samo se nadam da nećemo čekati nekog luckastog Amerikanca da nam to dođe napraviti, već da će se među našim nezaposlenim mladim ljudima pronaći neko s dobrom idejom i stvoriti nešto slično, svakako ima gdje.