The island was quiet and undisturbed when we first began camping on the beach here seven years ago, and we think it should stay like that. We believe in living a simple and natural lifestyle, caring for our surroundings and being responsible while making a minimal negative impact on our environment.
No noisy generators! No plastic water bottles for sale! Minimal waste! Reuse and Recycle almost everything!
Since there was no development here when we arrived – no other guesthouses and restaurants – there was no running water or electricity on the island either. So we left generators for the main land. We produce our own electricity with solar panels to power our music, lights, and electronics. All guests are invited to charge their electrical devices before coming to the island, however the charging station in our restaurant and lounge is available between 9:ooam and 4:00pm.
RAIN WATER + FILTER + NO PLASTIC = DRINKING WATER
“One-time-use” plastic water bottles are simply unnecessary trash, especially in Cambodia where they don’t really recycle plastic and most of it ends up in our ocean when tossed. So, these small plastic water bottles are not allowed or sold at Nomad’s Land. Instead, we collect and store over 100,000 litres of natural rain water during the monsoon season. Using 3 stages water filter, we filter our own H20 and provide drinking water to all our guests. Each guest receives a reusable plastic water bottle to use for the duration of their stay… so this means no unnecessary waste and good clean H20!
A $2 contribution is charged for drinking water during the length of your stay.
In order to keep enough water for everybody on the island we use khmer style showers and dry toilets, and “don’t waste a drop, water is precious” is our karmic slogan.
Our vision is to become more and more self sufficient while living in harmony with nature. So of course we are growing a vegetable garden. Though creating a permaculture farm on a deserted island can be difficult, we are trying. Slowly Slowly, we’re turning our sandy and clay ground into soil, using compost made from food scraps, organic waste and a whole lot of love. Since water is lacking, we use all grey water from the kitchen to provide life to the plants.
We are currently growing pineapples, lemon trees, chillies and herbs such as basil, mint, coriander and lemongrass. And trying our best with vegetables. Our new favorite is the sun-dried organic mangoes from koh totang and sun-dried tomatoes, which are absolutely delicious in the bruschetta. Cruising around the island you may find wild cashew nuts, mango trees and coconut trees producing delicious fruits, papaya trees reaching high out from the ground, and small leaves, which are used in traditional Khmer cooking and are specifically delicious with Mitjou Krueng (khmer curry).
HOMEMADE ECO FRIENDLY CLEANING PRODUCTS
With some lemon juice, vinegar, baking soda and various essential oil, we create since always our general cleaning products and our household odor eliminator (febreze) to preserve our mother earth and nature. The properties and therapeutic properties of the various essential oil (from tea tree, niaouli to citrus aurantium and lemongrass) can be from antiseptic, insecticide to disinfectants not to mentioned the relaxation and lovely natural fragrance they release. Please make sure to ask for the formula, we are happy to share ! Small drops are powerful and can make a difference.
“One drop of wine is enough to redden a whole glass of water.”
― Victor Hugo, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame
Chickens everywhere… although they are almost impossible to count as they scurry down the path and into the bush. It seems that each week, a mother is found running around with a half dozen fluffy yellow balls babies following behind. Sometime we are lucky and find their secret place therefore, happy to get daily fresh organic eggs for breakfast ! Until then, we are happy to have the wandering chirping and clucking fill the air (not to mention chickens are a great natural pesticide for various insects).