Photo essay: Koh Rong Samloem

A gorgeous island

What we say: 3.5 stars

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 in style.

Arriving in style.

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.

A busy day at Saracen Bay

A busy day at Saracen Bay.

From here, you can walk to Lazy beach on the west of the island, on an easy jungle path.

Where's the beach?

Where’s the beach?

On the west of the island, beaches are golden and come with the benefit of sunsets.

A lazy end to the day.

A lazy end to the day.

M’Pai Bai village, at the north of the island, is the perfect place to experience Cambodian village life, including the bar.

Mine's a beer.

Mine’s a beer.

The fishing beach is not the place for bikinis, but offers some great photo opportunities, with the backdrop of Koh Gon (Baby Island).

Fish for dinner?

Fish for dinner?

M’Pai Bai also boasts its very own Long beach, which is really quite lengthy.

It's called Long Beach. This is just a bit of it.

It’s called Long Beach. This is just a bit of it.

While you’re on the northern side, check up on Koh Rong, the island’s big brother. Yep, still there!

Land ahoy!

Land ahoy!

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.

Serenity, over the sound of an outboard.

Serenity, over the sound of an outboard.

Before you leave, please ensure you have done your photographic duty. No collection of island photographs is complete without a cute beach dog.

All together now: ahhhh!

All together now: ahhhh!

Last updated: 6th March, 2015

About the author:
Abigail has been stoned by villagers in India, become an honorary Kenyan tribeswoman, sweet talked border guards and had close encounters with black mambas. Her motto is: “Live to tell the tale.”
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