When people think about Cambodia, they often picture Angkor Wat temples, smiling locals and Asian food; but they are far from imagining the amazing beaches unrevealed! Today, I will tell you why you should go and experience Koh Rong Samloem for yourself – simply the best island of the Kingdom of Wonders!
Four hours driving away from Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville is one of the biggest coastal city. At the end of Serendipity Beach Street, you will be able to take the Speed Ferry (25 USD) from the pontoon to reach the most beautiful island of Cambodia – Koh Rong Samloem.
Welcome to paradise in Saracen Bay
Congratulations! After all these efforts, you finally reached the most paradisiac island of Cambodia! You will walk through the pontoon and be facing many guesthouses. I recommend you to walk a bit further to find your happy place as many hammocks are set along the beach, making it the perfect spot to relax all day long!
Obviously, swimming in this marvellous lagoon will be the first thing to do on the island! You will be amazed by the clear blue water and its turquoise shades! And if you are lucky enough, you might have the opportunity to encounter fluorescent plankton by night! If you are looking for a local experience, simply ask the locals to bring you on a fishing tour, you will even have the chance to eat your own catch of the day on the barbecue!
Discover wildlife on the way to Lazy Beach
If you are looking for some waves and amazing snorkelling spot, you will have to walk around 30 minutes through the jungle to reach the other side of the island! Mind your step as you will certainly meet wild animals on the way such as snakes, hornbills and colourful geckos. What an adventure but the shimmering sea is simply beautiful there!
Climb on the top of the Lighthouse
You can access this place by yourself – you simply need to walk on the beach until Dolphin Bay Resort, and from there follow the signages to guide you to the lighthouse. Otherwise, simply ask a local to show you the way! You will have to walk through the jungle and climb to the highest point of the island.
If you are adventurer enough, you can climb on the top of the lighthouse, to enjoy the priceless panoramic view of Koh Rong Samloem.
Simply relax at Sunset Beach
If you are looking for a less crowded spot on the island, I recommend you to take the speed ferry to reach the extremity of Koh Rong Samloem. (ask the timings at the main guest house on Saracen Bay, as it goes there twice a day)
If you are looking for an activity, you can rent kayaks and go around the small island in front, known as Snake Island. The tour is around one hour and you can stopover to sunbath on big rocks.
There are only three guesthouses at this location of the island. I personally tried the Sunset Bungalows and the experience was so relaxing with cute wooden bungalow with terrace facing the sea and offering incredible sunset view! It does not get any better than this! Moreover, the place offers a sitting area serving food and drinks, surrounded by plenty of hammocks to swing by the sea.
I am sure you got convinced that if you are visiting Cambodia, Koh Rong Samloem should be included in your journey – it seriously deserves to be seen once in your life!
I wish you a pleasant stay in Cambodia and can only recommend you to explore more of this incredible country!