Cambodia, Koh Rong Samloem

Traveling to Koh Rong Samloem

Are you longing for some islands with pristine beaches, a chill vibe, and good food? Then you must head over to Koh Rong Samloem in Cambodia! It’s one of Cambodia’s most visited and loved islands, and it’s not hard to see why. The sand is so white that it’ll make your eyes tear up – not even kidding! Don’t be like me and forget to bring your sunglasses.

The island is located just outside of Sihanoukville, only a quick ferry ride away. Depending on where you come from, you need to head to Sihanoukville before you can go to Koh Rong Samloem. There are two famous islands: Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem. The first one is known to be the party island and the other one is known to be the more calm island. But even if it sounds like there’s nothing going on there, it’s far from the truth. You can still find bars that plays loud music, fire shows and the occasional jungle parties here as well. And if you’re a real party animal, check in to “Mad Monkeys” where you’ll guaranteed have a party every night.

I stayed at the hostel “Onederz” which suited me just perfectly. Beware though that everything here is double the price so a room in a dorm cost me 10 USD instead of the normal 5. Withdraw as much money as you think you’ll spend plus a little more, because there’s no ATMs on the island. The hostel is, just like all the others, located just by the beach, so you just need to run out and jump in the crystal clear water. Saracen Bay Beach is the main beach that everyone seems to neglect for other, more “hidden” beaches, but make sure that you spend a full day on the main beach. It’s absolutely divine, the water is calm, the sand is insanely white and since everyone seems to be heading to other beaches, you might even find yourself alone there. But if you want something a bit more wild, hike for about 40 minutes to “Lazy Beach” which is, just as the name says, where you go to be lazy. The beach is surrounded by jungle and you’ll find a few bungalows and one restaurant here, if you feel like fueling up after swimming. If you go here, remember to not litter and keep it as clean as possible. With the ever increasing tourist influx, it’s becoming harder and harder to keep public areas clean. With that in mind, bring your friends, some snacks, water, and tons of sunscreen. You’ll need it after a full day at Lazy Beach. It’s also a great spot to catch the sunset.

Koh Rong Samloem is the place to go to if you want to relax on your vacation, but also have the freedom to choose if you’d like to have a drink or two. Life here moves slower so just go with the flow, enjoy the island, and don’t forget to snap a few photos to keep the memories alive forever.