Have you been to paradise?
We made it. We think you should too.
The Full moon parties and all night raves of Cambodia’s most famous island, Koh Rong, are not everyone’s cup of tea. So here are 11 photos to inspire you, and let you know that there are other, stunning, island options available in Cambodia – without the crowds.
While we were on Koh Rong Samloem we stayed at the Eco Sea Lodge Bungalows. This accommodation is quite a bit more than we would usually pay, but it was a gift from Megsy’s parents for her 30th birthday. If you’re a regular traveller or flashpacker with a little more dosh in you pockets, these bungalows are a great deal.
The Bungalows are $60 USD per night in Peak Season, $40 USD in high season or only $25 in low season. There is a dorm that you can stay in but they are usually reserved for dive students. But hey, doesn’t hurt to ask – you might score a deal.
The jetty to the bungalows – the water stays at a temperature of about 30 degrees all year round.
The sunsets are this stunning. After a nice day of swimming and relaxing, there is nothing better than grabbing a cold beer and watching the colours transform the evening sky.
Even the dogs take time to sit back and enjoy the show.
The only access to the island for both locals and tourists is by boat. There isn’t even mains electricity. You will get generator electricity at night for a few hours. Produce is either brought to the island by boat, or made or fished for by the locals.
The Koh S’dach Archipelago offers some relatively untouched coral reefs which are great for both snorkelers and divers to visit. Day trips from Sihanoukville are available, but if you’re staying on Koh Rong Samloem the dive site is a mere 10 min boat ride away. You also get a massive discount compared to coming over from the mainland.
Above everything else, it’s the tranquil beauty of the beaches that are the biggest draw card of Koh Rong Samloem. You’ll Feel like you are on a deserted island with only the local dogs around to keep you company.
But sadly it won’t stay like this for long. Developers are already moving in, and it’s been suggested to start holding full moon parties on this island as well. If you want to experience a small piece of untouched paradise, get there before it’s too late.
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