Did you ever dream of living on a lonely island? Feeling a bit like Robinson Crusoe? Koh Ta Kiev might just be the right place for you. This remote island, located a few kilometers off the mainland, will surprise you with sandy beaches, wild jungle hikes, coral reefs, one-of-a-kind accommodation and untouched picturesque nature. The island is covered with trees and a hill in the middle, and is not yet developed. There are a few small bungalow places on the island and only a dozen people live on it outside the bungalows. The perfect place to escape buzzing cities and the Southeast Asian heat.
How to get there?
Koh Ta Kiev can only be reached by boat. Boats leave from Otres Beach, Sihanoukville or Ream National Park. We recommend to leave from Otres Beach.
Koh Ta Kiev is not too big and you can easily reach all the main points by foot. Kactus is a good starting point to explore what the island has to offer or to visit some of the other resorts on the island. Kactus is located at clean, long and sandy “Plankton Beach” which also made our absolute highlight: At night you can go for a swim with luminous plankton. There are no words for this experience and we highly recommend to do this at least once in your life. We also really enjoyed the fact that although there can be a lot of guests on the island at the same time you can always find a nice spot where you are all by yourself.
How long to stay?
How long to stay in paradise? What a tough question to answer. We met people who stayed on Koh Ta Kiev for 1-2 nights only. But we also met people who already stayed there for several weeks. Showing no signs of leaving soon. We decided to book 4 nights and for us it was the perfect length of stay for our short getaway. It left us enough time to hang out at the beach, hike through the jungle, swim a lot and enjoy the peaceful surrounding to the fullest. Time does not fly on Koh Ta Kiev, but you will most probably get the feeling that you found heaven on earth and saying goodbye to this picturesque paradise can be quite hard.
Where to stay?
Koh Ta Kiev offers a handful of places to stay. We stayed at Kactus and in our opinion this is the best place to stay on the whole island. We booked a double bed in their treehouse dorm for 11 EUR per night. The place also offers some nice bungalows, most of which include a great view of the ocean. The food is awesome (Italian/French cuisine) offering 2-3 different dishes for every meal. Prices vary from 4 to 7 EUR per dish. The resort offers a pickup at 11 am for 12 EUR per person (two-way). The boat leaves at Otres beach 1 close to the “Wish You Were Here” hostel. Make sure to book the boat with Kactus directly – this way you make sure to be dropped off at the right beach.
Good to know Keep in mind that electricity is limited on Koh Ta Kiev. It is usually by generator or solar panels and only for a few or several hours at night. The bungalows on the island import or improvise for the fresh water. So use it wisely. There is no wifi and only bad mobile reception. And you will live a very basic life including bucket showers and lots of jungle creatures around you. Coral Beach Hostel Just in case Kactus might be fully booked, or in case you are looking for an even smaller place: Try the Coral Beach Hostel. Same owner, almost the same concept and only a 10 – 15 min jungle hike away. It also is located at a nice Coral Reef which makes the perfect spot for snorkeling. Sights to explore Once you checked in you soon will find out what sights are waiting to be explored on Koh Ta Kiev. The staff at Kactus has a good map including directions and distances. You will find it at the bar. Close to Kactus another resort called Last Point is located at White Beach. It also crosses ways with the path to the Floating Fishing Village. Kactus itself is located at Plankton Beach. If you head north you will reach the Coral Beach and Long Beach after a short jungle hike. At the very northern end of the island you will also find Elephant Rock – a great place to go cliff jumping. Finding the way through the jungle is quite tough. So it might be wise to think about renting a boat at long beach. The map also shows directions to a Mango Plantation and a Cambodian Military Camp. General information You can find some general information including available accommodation on Koh Ta Kiev’s website.