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Koh Rong Island, Cambodia


Koh Rong Island, Cambodia at Sunrise

Koh Rong is a lovely little Cambodian island in the Gulf of Thailand that is accessible from Sihanoukville. Harmony and I bought our boat tickets online for $10.50 each. You can also easily buy tickets from Serendipity Pier, where there is a really nice restaurant called Yasmine's. We ate there before we boarded the boat, watching the boat staff humorously throw people's luggage over the water to one another. Thankfully, no one's bag fell in!

After 45 minutes of sailing on the bus speed boat over the open ocean, we came to a few tree covered islands with small, sandy beaches. The first island was called Sam Loem. After 20 minutes longer on the boat, we arrived at Koh Rong. In comparison to Sam Loem, both seemed equally off grid, but Sam Loem looked to be a lot more chilled. Lined up along Koh Rong's beach were endless bars, restaurants and guesthouses, whilst Sam Loem had wooden beach huts, sun loungers and thatched umbrella sun shades.

Meeting everybody off the boat was a crazy but cool character, red with sun burn and short blue hair. He wanted to give us a quick briefing and a bit of information. It went along the lines of "there's one medical center, no atms and a shortage of fresh water." He also told us that there's lots to be seen if you fancy a trek through the jungle or a boat trip, as well as a dive centre if you can afford it. Upon close inspection, the island was just like where we came from at Otres Beach, Sihanoukville, with a great atmosphere and reggae and “tropical house” music playing at every bar. The guest house that we chose to stay at (White Rose) was quite affordable and also very clean. Strangely, everything was built on the beach, so it looked like there wasn't much room to swim or sunbath. However, a short walk to the north took us to an area of near white sand and rubbish-free water.

Although Koh Rong is another hippie haven, it could also be considered a bit of a party place. When I was talking to a friend about the island, I was told about the pub crawl. Neither Harmony nor I bought a ticket for it, but we tagged along that evening and still managed to get the free shots at each bar. The only thing we missed out on was a pretty sweet, free t-shirt, which I probably could've done with as all my clothes were starting to smell and I didn't want to do laundry. As more people started to get drunk, more people started to dance and the night became fun. In most places, beers were $1 and cocktails were about $3, so it's easy to have one to many. We went back to the hostel at about 1am, but I imagine it went on for much, much longer for some people.

Koh Rong Island, Cambodia at Sunrise

One of the island's major activities to take part in is the zip wire course, so that's what we did the next day. We bought a ticket from our hostel in advance and made our way there for 1pm. At first, it wasn't easy to find with the instructions we were given (on the south side of the beach, over the bridge and behind the school), but we did get there just in time. A nice but not so talkative Russian welcomed us into the reception, where we signed safety waivers and got kitted up. A short walk took us into the jungle and we got a quick safety demonstration (always have one caribena on the rope at all times). There were lots of mosquitos here, but not so many when we climbed higher into the canopy. Most of our time in the tree tops involved walking across high wires and swinging planks of wood. The zip wires were the most fun and I'm glad there were three!

Thankfully, the platforms weren't too crowded because there was only one other person doing the activity with Harmony and I. The whole course took about an hour for us to complete and it w