Lazy Beach, west side, Koh Rong Samloem. Booking office: Serendipity Rd, Sihanoukville T: (016) 214 211, (017) 456 536
Lazy Beach is an enviable location for a quiet getaway, offering a winning combination of seclusion, wonderful food, sunset views.
The 20 well-built 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 pull straws over the two hammocks outside.
Though offering a higher standard than most on Koh Rong Samloem, Lazy Beach is still very much simple living. But a great deal of thought has been given to the details: ensuite bathrooms have terracotta-tiled floors and freshwater showers and there are safety deposit boxes inside. They put the fans inside the mosquito nets -- anyone who has spent a night hopefully, impotently, repositioning their fan in the hope of picking up the faintest relief through their gauzy yet somehow impenetrable mosquito net will understand the value of this.
Owners Chris and Rich from England and Ken from Cambodia, indeed all the staff, 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 and views. Even if you don't manage to stay here -- it's often fully booked so get in early -- it's well worth ambling over from Saracen Bay to kick back and sip their Lazy Sunset cocktail, or tuck into a delicious meal, 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, The One or Moonlight, 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 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 opposite Utopia on the road that leads down to Serendipity Beach in Sihanoukville.
By Nicky Sullivan
Last updated on 22nd June, 2016.