Photo essay: Koh Rong Samloem
A gorgeous island
What we say:
Koh Rong Samloem is a glorious tropical island off the coast of Cambodia in the Gulf of Thailand. Just two hours out of Sihanoukville, take your pick of white or golden beaches to laze on, or get energetic with jungle trekking and boat trips. Here’s some photographs from our last trip, to get your aspiration-ometer into overdrive.
Arriving at the beach on Koh Rong Samloem, there’s a short paddle to the shore with bags lifted high overhead. This is the time to be thankful that you decided to travel light and didn’t pack your iPad, Kindle and laptop.
Whichever beach you choose, satisfaction is almost guaranteed. Saracen Bay on the eastern side has blindingly white coral sand and very shallow waters ideal for sitting in.
From here, you can walk to Lazy beach on the west of the island, on an easy jungle path.
On the west of the island, beaches are golden and come with the benefit of sunsets.
M’Pai Bai village, at the north of the island, is the perfect place to experience Cambodian village life, including the bar.
The fishing beach is not the place for bikinis, but offers some great photo opportunities, with the backdrop of Koh Gon (Baby Island).
M’Pai Bai also boasts its very own Long beach, which is really quite lengthy.
While you’re on the northern side, check up on Koh Rong, the island’s big brother. Yep, still there!
If you like messing about on boats, hire a longtail to take you on a tour of the island. Remember to bring ear plugs, as the engines are notoriously noisy.
Before you leave, please ensure you have done your photographic duty. No collection of island photographs is complete without a cute beach dog.Last updated: 6th March, 2015
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