Just off Kep, Koh Tonsay (Rabbit Island; population 25 families) has the nicest beaches of any Kep-area island – except Phu Quoc, whose loss to Vietnam is still bitterly resented. It’s so named because locals say it resembles a rabbit, an example of what too much local brew can do to your imagination. If you like rusticity, come now before the island is changed forever by development.

At the 250m-long, tree-lined main beach , which faces west towards the setting sun, you can dine on seafood, lounge around on raised bamboo platforms and overnight in family-run clusters of rudimentary bungalows for US$5 per day.

Many people say Rabbit Island is a ‘tropical paradise’, but don’t expect the sanitised resort version – this one has shorefront flotsam, flies, chickens, packs of dogs and wandering cows.

Other Kep-area islands include Koh Pos (Snake Island; about 30 minutes past Rabbit Island), which has a deserted beach and fine snorkelling but no overnight accommodation and small, beachless Koh Svai (Mango Island), whose summit offers nice views.


You can pay for your booking now securely with PayPal ® by using your credit card or Paypal account.