Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Koh Rong Island, Cambodia

As Christmas approaches steady and fast, I start to reminisce about the year we've just had. I didn't travel as much as I would like to this year and haven't posted as often as I would like but as the year comes to an end, I just feel even more motivated for the year to come and keen to share to you what little adventure I did have this year.

For this throwback post, I want to share with you the 2nd part to my Cambodia trip way back in February (see my Cambodia photo diary here) where I visited the island of Koh Rong.

Koh Rong Island, one among the few islands in Cambodia twinned with Koh Rong Sanloem is only accessible by ferry boats from Sihanoukville, which takes just under 1 hour by speed ferry or 2 hours in a slow ferry boat.
I visited Koh Rong as it wasn't too far and didn't require much travelling and according to locals and other travelers, it's the more peaceful island between the two.
We got the speed ferry which took about 40 minutes. It is very speedy and if you're sat outside then be prepared to get drenched but it's all part of the fun and experience.

Alike Sihanoukville, the island has different beaches, some quieter than the others. The main port: Koh Touch, is the busiest in the island with the main ferries coming and going from here. 
The beach is full of shops, restaurants, bungalows and guesthouses ready for anyone stepping into the island so there's definitely still plenty to do and see.
But there are other, more serene and more breath-taking beaches in the island, the major con is how to get to them.
The island doesn't have proper roads, it consists mostly of forestry and is surrounded with water thus leaving 2 options: walking through the forest or going around via taxi boats and that we both did.

We had booked our bungalow for the night the day before and as Koh Rong had multiple beaches, we chose one which was a bit quieter than the main beach.
However, what we didn't take in consideration was how we'd get there.
When we finally got to the island, we discovered we only had 2 options: walk through the forest or as they call it 'Jungle Trek' or get a taxi boat which would take about an hour. 
We unanimously agreed to do the 'Jungle Trek' which according to the local signs should take 45 minutes from the main beach to another beach called 'Long Beach'. 
The trek, let's just say was a very moist one. The intense heat in addition to the physical hardship of walking through a dense forest with only water bottles as directions eventually led us to our destination despite thinking we got lost among all the trees and massive boulders of rock.
We came out of the forest after what seemed like forever in the insane heat, after seeing a man doing some laborious work for what looked to me like a soon to be beach resort. 
As we carried on past this man, we finally saw the water again. 
It was such a treat and felt like heaven just running into the clear turquoise water as we were still sweating away from our trek and I'm so happy we got to visit this beach before all the work even began as soon it will be a lot busier and less natural unlike now.
After a much needed play time in the water, we then had to figure out how to get to the other side, where our room for the night was.
We ended up getting a taxi boat in the end, although it was a much shorter time than getting it from the main beach. The journey took us about 20 mins maybe less.
At Sok San, we chilled for the night as it is a very quiet neighbourhood with a few small restaurants by the beach, small local shops and with timed electricity and water running through this little village, there really wasn't much to do but I'm glad we still went as it's another place explored and after our afternoon trek, we really needed that chill out time.
The next day we headed back to the main beach via a taxi boat and decided to stay for one more night in Koh Rong.

That night was a bit livelier than the previous with Koh Touch having more bars and restaurants than Sok San.
We spent the night at a place called 'Sky Bar' and you can guess why its called that, drank cocktails and played pool.
(Locations: Long Beach, Sok San Beach, Koh Touch; Koh Rong, Cambodia)

Koh Rong, I would say is a definite must visit when you're in Cambodia whether you're looking to party or just have a chilled time, there is definitely a place for it albeit the transportation slightly being a challenge.

If you ever visit the island, make sure to trek the forest to Long Beach, it will be a challenge but it's definitely an experience. Make sure to research your transport options too as that can hinder with your plans.
But most importantly make sure to enjoy it as time goes so fast, putting this post together, I almost can't believe I visited the island this year. Time has gone by so fast and soon 2017 will be upon us so make it count.

6 comments :

  1. What a beautiful place. Love these photos <3

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  3. These photos from Cambodia look stunning!! I hope to visit Cambodia some day.

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  4. I would love to be in Cambodia right now - have very fond memories of Thailand and Cambodia is in my wish list ! xx


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