1. December 2015. After a day lazing about on Koh Rong’s sleepy Nature Beach, Wonderboy and I decided to hike over to the island’s neighboring Coconut Beach which, we were told, is one of the island’s most impressive stretches of sand and home to a stunning bay of aquamarine water.
2. December 2015. The wild, unpaved trail starts right at the end of Nature Beach just beyond the last chalet and twists and turns for about two kilometers through light woodland, gravelly inclines and even a few dense jungle paths. Armed with some bottles of water and enough suntan lotion to drown a large tiger, we pushed on with much enthusiasm on what was a viciously hot afternoon.
3. December 2015. There were no resting stations along the way and not even a spot of shade to duck into for a moment’s respite. If I could give one piece of advice it would be: bring a hat! It’s amazing neither of us didn’t get seriously burnt. Don’t worry about getting lost though, the little wooden signs keep popping up here and there to put your mind at ease and in any case it’s more or less a straight shoot.
4. December 2015. The bugs are a bit of a nuisance and some of them are unsettlingly large and miscellaneous in breed. I also remember seeing some colorful birds floating by overhead and a selection of lizards and iguanas like this one. It was absolutely silent on that trail as we closed in on Coconut Beach and we didn’t meet a single soul along the way. Not even some mad dogs to go with the two Englishmen.
5. December 2015. It was a huge relief when Coconut Beach’s handsome hardwood bungalows finally came into view. Set in a beautifully green clearing surrounded by thick vegetation, we continued along the trail that would soon lead to the beach we’d braved sweltering afternoon temperatures to reach. Had it all been worth it?
To find out what happened next take a look at tomorrow’s article on Coconut Beach
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