Koh Russei, also know as Bamboo Island, is a beautiful, secluded island in southern Cambodia. Though there are rumors of crazy traffic during the high season, visitors looking to find their own piece of paradise are in luck. With only one company running a single bar, and offering a mix of either bungalows or dorms on the beach, finding yourself on bamboo island feels like being invited to a secluded club.
The chalk menu in the single bar, along with prices for spirits, states, “One More Day.” Visitors to the island seem to live and die by this phrase. While I knew I had a set duration in paradise, a British traveler named Peter couldn’t seem to decide whether to stay or go. My second night on the island (his 16th maybe?) was supposed to be his going away party. This, of course, was not the case.
After closing the bar, sitting next to a fire on the beach, swimming and staying up until around 4 a.m., no one looked very good the next morning. While most people woke up around 10 a.m., Peter maybe slept for an hour…then started drinking. One beer turned into drinking games and before long, Peter was drunk, real drunk, by 4 p.m.
Though no one thought Peter would make it past the afternoon, come 11 p.m., he was dancing. He didn’t have the capacity to put one leg in front of next while walking, but seemed to find his rhythm when dancing. He continued his tear until around 4 a.m. once again, and to many people’s surprise, Peter caught the 10 a.m. boat the next day. One more day no more.