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Koh Tonsai, (Rabbit Island), Kep, Cambodia

Goes without saying that just about everyone we take to Kep’s Koh Tonsai, (Rabbit Island in English), asks how the name came about and every time we’re a bit stuck for an answer!  Certainly never seen any rabbits on the island and doubt very much if it was originally discovered by a Mr Rabbit or Tonsai but our replies that the small island is in fact rabbit shaped are generally met with incredulous looks.

Rabbit shaped tree line?
Rabbit shaped tree line?

There must be some angle at which it resembles a rabbit though we’d suggest that whatever itinerant Cham seafarer or Khmer fisherman originally named the island had had a heavy day on the palm wine!

Rabbit Island, boatman
Rabbit Island, boatman

Anyway regardless of its shape and name the island’s certainly a great spot to while away a morning & is conveniently located only a short 30 minute boat ride offshore of Kep Town.

The main beach is kept spotlessly clean by the  owners of the bamboo food and drink stalls that have been set up behind the beach and the water’s excellent & shallow for swimming.

Look no rabbits!
Look no rabbits!

There are also a few sandy coves to be discovered on other parts of the scenic little island and indeed a trail allows you to make a great circular hike in a couple of hours or so.

Sandy beach on the island's south side
Sandy beach on the island’s south side

There is food and accommodation. albeit basic, to be found on Koh Tonsai though since, to be perfectly honest, there’s not a great deal to do there once you’ve done a hike and had a dip, we reckon a half day spent there is just about ideal. Morning’s our preference when the waters off Kep often seem to be at their calmest and a return to ‘town’ for a late lunch at The Beach House followed by a stroll down the coast to the Crab Market for sundowners makes for pretty much a perfect day!

We’ll leave you with a couple more views of the picturesque spot and hopefully see you down there!

Looking back towards Kep Town on the mainland
Looking back towards Kep Town on the mainland

 

Koh Tonsai, shaded beach
Koh Tonsai, shaded beach

Rabbit Island is included on our Beyond Angkor – off the beaten track Cambodia tour – and next departures are 19th November and 21st December,

Cheers!