Koh Rong Samloem (Cambodia)
Cambodia is gifted with a number of beautiful tropical islands throughout the country. The best thing about these islands is that they’re remote and the curse of technology seldom reaches there. Fresh off the waters of Sihanoukville, the tropical islands are little bits of paradise on the sea. One of the most famous islands in this area is known as Koh Rong Samloem.
Koh Rong Samloem is an island close to the coastal city of Sihanoukville. There are some direct flights to Sihanoukville, and if that isn’t available, you can always fly internationally and then fly domestically from the Cambodian airports. You can also take a bus from, say Phnom Penh which will take approximately 5-7 hours. The bus service is efficient and available, so if you want travel cheap on the journey then the bus is a good option.
Once you finally reach the island, you’d be amazed to see the beauty it upholds. But to enjoy the island, here’s a top ten guide for you.
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1. A beach to remember
Just years back, Koh Rong Samloem was an uncharted territory for tourists. It didn’t have electricity, little accommodation system, the only way to stay at the island was a few scattered, worn huts. So, when we said remote, we meant it.
But time has changed drastically in the past few years. Wi-Fi, electricity, and good accommodation is now available. Yet, the main attraction to this island remains unchanged. The beautiful, chill beach. The white-colored sands, crystal-clear turquoise water, and serenity makes up for a perfect holiday. No rush for work or anything, just find a solitary spot and enjoy. You can splash the waters, or enjoy sun- bathing or maybe lay down on a hammock with drinks.
2. Go on an exciting bike-ride
Koh Rong Samloem may be a relatively small island, but it would take you a long time to roam across it on foot only. And the best ride to roam around the areas has is the bicycle!
The island has jungle paths and beach roads. A solo bike-ride through a jungle would be thrilling, while you can lazily roam around beaches with the bike. Mountain biking is an amazing way to explore the natural beauties of Koh Rong Samloem and discover different routes and areas to the main beach huts on Saracen bay.
3. Don’t miss out on snorkeling!
The first thing that comes into your mind when we say ‘crystal-clear water’ has to be snorkeling. High visibility from the island makes sure snorkeling is an experience to remember.
Perhaps the best method to explore the underwater life in Koh Rong Samloem is snorkeling, so manage a mask and start snorkeling, if you’re a pro at this! Even if you aren’t, there are organized boat trips with stoppages and guides to help.
4. Scuba Diving
If you have what it takes to go even deeper, then scuba diving is the best thing for you to do on this island. Sure, it’s thrilling and enjoyable, but a tad bit risky as well if you’re not prepared.
The Cambodian Diving Group can arrange the dive for you. You can even have your PADI certification here if you’re interested. The stunning corals and fishes in the depths of the Gulf of Thailand certainly make up for the scuba hassles, and it’s worth it.
5. A refreshing jungle trekking
You’re in Koh Rong Samloem and you want to get the full essence of this beautiful island. The first thing you have to do is to trek through the light jungle. Everyone does that because it’s a refreshing journey. The bounty of nature is breathtaking here, with the greeneries and the largely undisturbed animals.
The island isn’t filled with humans, to be honest, it was even uninhabited years ago. So the wildlife largely outnumbers the humans out there. A good trek through the light jungle will take you close to the solace you so want to have.
6. Start Kayaking!
Be it a traveling group or a solo trip, Kayaking is always fun! You can hire kayaks from The Beach Resort then spend a whole day passing through the island’s beautiful waterways. It’s not very stressful, so for a good chill Kayaking is a good option.
But if you’re up for a more thrilling experience, you can go for organized tours. They’ll take you to a few of the common areas like the rocky island and cave waterfall, and that sure is one hell of a ride.
7. Island Hopping
Why stay idly on the island when you can go for boat trips in other islands as well? Yes, one of the features of Koh Rong Samloem is the island hopping tours. You can either contact one of the fishermen for half or full-day tours or ask your guesthouse for organized tours. You can go fishing or head to the nearby Koh Ta Kiev and Koh Thmei islands.
8. Go paddle boarding
Paddle boarding is another well-known activity available on the island. The majority of the dive centers and guesthouses have stand-up paddleboards that they rent on an hourly, half and full-day basis. Paddle boarding is a very exciting way to pass through the waterways, but don’t forget to bring protection- for the sun will be very harsh to you!
In keeping with the beach bum vibe, find yourself a great spot on the west or northern side of the island – M’Pay Bay, Lazy Beach and aptly named Sunset Beach are the best – grab a cocktail and relax as the sky transforms from day to night.
9. The grand sunset
They have a beach named sunset beach- that explains the beauty of the sun setting on the sea. All you have to do is to settle for a decent spot in one of these beaches and enjoy the moment!
Finally, on an island like this, even if you don’t do anything and just chill out, that is also a good option. Play card games, read a book, listen to music, dance your heart out, enjoy life to the fullest in this paradise on earth!