Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Kep (Kipe) & Rabbit Island on Easter

I got a break for Easter. Marc and Ann Hall were planning a trip to Kep (sounds like Kipe) and Rabbit Island for Easter. (Yeah, Rabbit Island on Easter... Ironic). The only problem is that another family going with them got a sick kid the morning before they left. Since there was an extra room booked the Halls asked if I wanted to go too, so I did along with a guy currently at RDI from Germany, Adrian. This was a nice get-away weekend and a unique way to celebrate Easter.

Our first day there, Adrian and I rented motorbikes and toured a couple of caves outside the Kep and Kampot areas. This Cave had a monument built inside it predating the Angkor temples of Siem Reap.
A kid from a local village took us on a tour through the caves.
Both of the caves had entrances and exits. This was an exit out of the cave with the temple.
Both of the caves are found within small mountains which oddly rise amongst rice fields.
One of the exits of one cave opened up to the top of the mountain. I had to rock climb15-20 ft through a hole in the ceiling of the cave to get to this view.
To get to Rabbit Island you have to take one of these small boats.
The Halls brought a small raft for their kids to play in... and I had to keep the sun off of me some how during our boat ride...

Some cute kids who live on the island.
We had an Easter egg hunt for Eli and Cali Hall.
The local kids weren't quite sure what we were doing with all the colorful plastic eggs, but everyone enjoys getting a little candy.
I met a guy from Unicef while on Rabbit Island; we were both treking the island and ended up doing it together. It took about 1 1/2 -2 hours to walk all the way around the island.

If you're thinking about making a trip to Rabbit Island the accomodations are very typical for a Cambodian, but maybe not a westerner.

Your room comes complete with one foam mattress on the floor, two pillows, a couple of sheets, and a bug net. Also you can see the ground through the cracks in your floor and sunlight through small holes in the side of your bungalow.

The beach was enjoyable, though, I got a lot of reading done. I lazly layed on the beach, listened to the waves, and swam in the ocean. Not a typical Easter.
This was our last night and the sunset was exceptionally colorful. Although just about any sunset is a good one when you're watching it from a hammock on the beach.
Now back to the grind. I have 9 days left in Cambodia and I still have plenty of work to finish!


  1. Cory,
    What an awesome Easter you must have had! We enjoyed looking at your pics and reading your updates. We're so thrilled for you to get this chance of a lifetime. Can't wait to see how God uses this experience in your life for His glory!
    Praying for your safe return!
    Tim and Carmen Burgess

  2. dude, you're killing me. i want to be there with you on those adventures so bad!