Koh Rong Samolean, an island in Cambodia, which was not on our initial itinerary. But after talking to other travellers when we were in Ha Long Bay, we knew it was a destination that could not be missed. I remember the well travelled couple selling Koh Rong to us, emphasising it as “the whitest sand you could ever dream of”. We decided to go to Koh Rong Samolean, and the sand lived up to its neighbouring islands expectations!
When you arrive on Koh Rong Samolean by speedboat, you know you have arrived on an undeveloped island. It feels like something out of a movie or what your imagination creates when you in vision an island holiday. We could see lush forest occupying the island, stretches of white sand around the edges leading into the ocean and bungalows dotted around the coast. No roads, no shops, no wifi (our bungalow restaurant had just got wifi installed but we decided to disconnect from the world) and electricity was only available in the bungalows at night. Our bungalow was situated on its own stretch of the beach, so we felt secluded and away from the other accommodation available. A true island escape. Geckos and lizards included!
We spent our time reading on our porch, sunbathing is hammocks or loungers and swimming…well, floating, in the warm ocean. Our accommodation took their restaurant pretty seriously. It was effortlessly beautiful, and well priced with delicious Khmer dishes, foodforfrancis was happy! He has blogged his meals, click here!
After talking to another couple we had met on our Vietnam to Cambodia border crossing adventure (we continued to bump into them which shows how small this place is), we spent the morning at a beach on the other side of the island. I didn’t think it was possible, but this beach was even more quiet than what we were experiencing on our side. A hot and rocky walk through the jungle to get there but you are welcomed into the deep and clear ocean when you arrive. Yes please!
100% worth the adventure to get there (that adventure was out of Phu Quoc, Vietnam, and into Cambodia), I am so happy we got to experience this beautiful island.