When I tell people that the place with some of my favorite beaches in the world is in Koh Rong Cambodia, they look at me as if I am maybe I am delirious from heat stroke.
Cambodia is known for many things, a lot of them we want to bleach from our memories, but beaches? Yes, beaches. World class, white sand, clear water beaches.
And best of all, for however long it will last before it is discovered, it is still blissfully off the well-worn tourist trails of Southeast Asia.
How to Get to Koh Rong Cambodia
Yes, there are occasional flights to Sihanoukville, the town located nearest the island, but most people choose to start from the capital of Phnom Penh Cambodia and take over land transport, about a three and a half hour drive to Sihanoukville.
From there, you are deposited at a dock where you meet a rickety old boat that will, in about two hours, transport you across gin colored waters to the tiny island and seemingly a different era.
Where to Stay in Koh Rong Cambodia
Koh Rong Saloem’s main, and about only, place to stay is a “resort” known as “Lazy Beach”.
I use the term resort loosely and in the most generous of terms. The word “resort” conjures up scenes of bow tied waiters delivering rum drinks to coconut oiled vacationers in chaise lounges sitting by the pool, trying to find a few days bliss before getting on an airplane and returning to their cubicle.
All Lazy Beach has to offer is the bliss. And that is what to me, makes it perfect.
After you are dropped at the dock – well on good days you are dropped at the dock, on bad days you have to get in the water and wade to shore – you are escorted to the restaurant / lounge / reception area and given a welcome drink.
After a quick briefing about when electricity is available and restaurant hours are, you are given a key and directions to your hut. Yes, your hut.
There is no A/C, no hot water, no screens on the windows, no television, and no Wi-Fi.
But, there are mosquito nets, cool tropical breezes and the sounds of the waves crashing on the beach.
What To Do in Koh Rong
Days at Lazy Beach are spent frolicking in the water, snorkeling, hiking in the jungle and well, being lazy.
It takes a while, but if you’re in need of a digital detox vacation, you’ll eventually you start to unwind and quit checking the time. It’ll happen quicker than you think!
You learn to pick favorites from the delicious restaurant menu and take the time to actually savor them (the chef has left cooking for five star hotels for the relaxed island life.)
You start talking to the other residents and the cosmopolitan staff.
You start petting the resorts rescue dogs, watching the parrots and the butterflies,
and begin to have a bit of amnesia about the stress of real life.
What is Life Like on Koh Rong?
One night while walking, phosphorescence began to cover the beach and in the moonless sky the stars looked close enough to reach out and stir with my hands.
One beautiful early morning, I came across some monkeys looking for crabs on the beach.
That is what I take away. It is one of those places that is hard to quantify.
When people ask me why I like it so much I can’t put it into words.
It is more like a feeling. A wonderful feeling and a favorite among many.
In 2011, Jonathan Look decided to take early retirement and pursue a life of adventure instead of comfort and possessions. His philosophy is, “Why sip life from a straw when you can gulp it from a fire hose?”
To accomplish his dream, he sold most of his possessions and started traveling. Jonathan’s goal is to base, for a year at a time, in interesting places all over the world.
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