Koh Rong Sanloem: Wow absolutely wow! The beaches are to die for and the turquoise crystal blue water with a background of lush thick jungle is amazing! To get there you take a boat from Sihanoukville across the water to the bumps. You’d think an awesome ride but for us it was a moment between life and death. The clouds suddenly huddled together to form huge blobs of grey, dark grey and black. Then the rain came and never stopped plus thunder seriously hit the water 1km away and I really thought we’re never going to make it to this tropical heaven, but thank zeus we arrived in one piece. Just not entirely completely wholly dry, but hé once the heat hits you.. you’ll be glad to have cooled down. We arrived on the island and the clouds parted and the sun shone like never before.
Do however plan everything ahead and don’t make the same mistake we did: you will have NO atm’s and NO wifi (which seriously is a gift from heaven as you are forced to relax completely without any distractions).
This does mean that if you want to book a specific hotel email them in advance to check if you can stay all the days you want and ask for a pick up at the small dock (the hotel will send a small boat to pick you and your luggage as the walk can still be a bit far even though the island is small).
Must Sleep 1
Moonlight Resort: Ever wanted to sleep like a movie star? This resort will keep you hooked here due to its stylish termite inspired homes and jazzy blues tunes playing throughout the day. The houses are built in dome shapes that resemble the homes of termites and therefore have a natural cooling system.
A huge blue dome in the middle is symmetrically balanced with on each side a row of flashy white houses. The colors are subtle repeated throughout the ambience with big blue parasols and elegant wooden tables found under palm trees covered with white linen. If not to sleep this is a must to eat at with delicious pumpkin soup!
Must Sleep 2
Sol Beach Resort: A romantic cozy bungalow with a drop dead gorgeous beach front view! Seriously step one foot out of your bungalow and dip into the lagoon emerald green and turquoise blue sea. Not only is the beauty fantastic but so is the temperature as the sea is incredibly lukewarm and perfect for an early morning dip. The Bungalows are extremely comfortable with spacious bathrooms and veranda to chill on while staring out to sea.
However having just opened a few weeks now there are still a few details that need work. For instance the breakfast menu is minimalistic and dishes can sometimes not be served the same each day. I think though that this is only a flaw that was visible the first few weeks so don’t miss out on this beauty if this doesn’t bother you too much.
Sunset on Lazy Beach: Lazy beach was just a small walk (1.5km for us) and was our favorite hang out during our stay here. By walking a small path that begins with dry yellow grain fields following up with thick dark and densely green jungle including monkeys, you end up at lazy beach.
Bring water like the sign will remind you, as it can get really warm. The view is stunning and not many tourists know about this place so you have your own private beach.
Lounge out here the whole day and watch the stunning sunset while relaxing on an old wooden swing.
Lazy Beach Resort: During and after a stay at lazy beach your best retreat for something to snack and eat is the Lazy Beach Resort and trust me you’re in for a pleasant surprise. This place has it all: board games, snorkeling gear to rent for only $2 per day and the best banana peanut butter milkshake EVER. Aside of that after a long hard day of sunbathing head on back here to treat yourself to some Omega 3’s fresh from the bay you just swam in. The staff is extremely friendly and the loungy couches make it almost impossible to leave.
Must Find 1
Dragonfly army: Right sunset completely kicks in keep an eye out for a swarm of dragonflys that escape the jungle to hit the beach. I mean thousands and millions of them buzzing frantically around you (taking a photo was thus a bit hard). Not only will you find them on this island but all around the Southern coastline.
Must Find 2
Thunderstorms: Although it’s the end of the rainy season (we’re traveling now through Cambodia in the end of November), don’t be surprised to encounter some heavy downpours. Unlike the rainstorms we’ve experienced in Thailand, these guys will last a day. If you’re lucky to not experience the rain than you’ll absolutely see light flash up the dark night sky due to really powerful thunderstorms. Mainly found around the coast these thunderstorms are especially active at the end of the rainy season. If close by it can be creepy but from a distance it’s a site to see.
That’s all folks, next stop: Sihanoukville & Otres Cambodia
For tips on other places I’ve visited check my older posts such as: Bali, Malaysia, Thailand & More.
Keep you updated and posted, until then: orkun!