Aptly-named island getaway
Lazy Beach, Western side, Koh Rong Samloem. Booking office: Serendipity Rd, Sihanoukville T: (016) 214 211, (017) 456 536
Lazy Beach is a wonderful location for a quiet getaway, offering a winning combination of private beach and sunset views.
The well-built 17 wood and thatch bungalows are dotted in two rows along the length of the beach. The newer bungalows further from the restaurant have glass windows and larger balconies. All bungalows sleep up to four people, who can fight over the two hammocks outside.
Though offering a higher standard than the most basic huts to be found on Koh Rong Samloem, Lazy Beach is still very much rustic living -- but at least some thought has been given to the details: ensuite bathrooms have terracotta-tiled floors and freshwater showers and there are safety deposit boxes inside. They also have electricity from a generator from dusk until around 23:00 nightly. The price is high for basic bungalows, but justified by the overall package – a great patch on the island and good service on top of that, the result is consistently happy punters.
English owners Chris and Rich are welcoming and the kitchen serves up an extensive menu with some of the best-prepared dishes on the island, including seafood barbecues, salads, sandwiches and Asian favourites. The bar/restaurant area is large with a choice of seating including a swing bed. The look and feel of the restaurant is a notch higher than the bungalows. Even if you don't manage to stay here – it's often full – it's well worth ambling over from Saracen Bay to kick back and sip their Lazy Sunset cocktail (US$3.75) as the sun goes down.
Lazy Beach excels in, well, encouraging sheer laziness. Sitting around on the private beach or on one of the swings is an easy way to while away a few days. If you're at a loss for things to do they have a volleyball court, beach gym, badminton court and table tennis, as well as a large collection of board games. They can also help set up fishing trips, boat excursions and rent snorkelling gear. An easy 20-minute-walk along a jungle footpath takes you to Saracen Bay.
If you're in need of more comfort on Koh Rong Samloem, then Secret Paradise, Saracen Bay Resort or Green & Blue, all on the other side of the island at Saracen Bay, may better serve your needs though they don't offer the same get-away-from-it-all feel. Huba Huba and Robinson Bungalows on Sunset Beach do, though their cheaper price point reflects a slightly lower standard overall. If Lazy Beach is full you might like to look to Nomads Cambodia on a completely different island, Koh Totang, which ticks many of the same flashpacker boxes as Lazy Beach, if not more – though it isn't sunset facing.
Lazy Beach's slow boat to/from Sihanoukville costs $10 each way and departs the mainland at 12:00. Advanced bookings are strongly recommended in high season given their longstanding reputation. They have an office on the road that leads down to Serendipity Beach.
By Caroline Major
Last updated on 4th December, 2014.
This PDF travel guide is now available for download via Gumroad. To get your guide, click through here (or below). You'll then be prompted for your email address, (and in the case of paid-for guides, payment details) and Gumroad will then email you a link you can use to immediately download the guide.