Koh Rong is a big island -- at 78 square kilometres, it's much bigger than it looks on a map -- and as such, there's lots of trekking to be had, though it can get a bit treacherous.
We found a clear route that linked Koh Touch with Sok San Beach (aka Seven-Kilometre Beach). The path is reasonably clearly marked, difficult in places, but lovely, and should take about 45 minutes. Do however wear good footwear -- not flip flops! The trail is easy to find by either going through Sky Bar or turning up the lane at White Rose and continuing on up until you pass Happy Elephant, and just keep going up. The route past Happy Elephant already starts with a bit of a climb for which you’ll need your wits. Continuing on from here, the path joins the path from Sky Bar, and you take a left and carry on your way through cashew orchards and some rocky outcrops before hitting the forest proper.
The trail soon turns into what looks like a long-established water course, along which the easiest way to navigate is to keep turning left whenever you’re presented with a choice. If you have a smart phone, we would also recommend getting ViewRanger Pro. Not only is it huge fun but, we have discovered, it also maps where you are even when you’re not connected. The path is marked on ViewRanger’s maps, and from there it’s a cinch to see whether you’ve strayed. It also helped us to find the starting point for the return leg — don’t forget to note that when you come out of the forest.
This trip is full of birds — though not as many as Koh Rong Samloem — and we spent a very entertaining 20 minutes watching a family of monkeys make their way through the tree tops as they tried to work out what the human monkey was up to down below. And the forest is as thick and green as you could find anywhere in Cambodia.
About 30 minutes into the walk, you get to the Windy Rock — we thought there was no way anyone could know it was going to be windy there, but it is, because of the westerlies coming in from the sea. It’s refreshing, because you will be sweating. From here, the path takes a downward turn, as in a drop. You are cliff climbing, so be prepared.
Other trekking opportunities can be found at places like Preak Svay village on the northeast of the island. Speak to Adventure Adam for more information.
Adventure Adam, Koh Touch: T: (010) 354 202; firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Nicky Sullivan.
Last updated on 27th June, 2016.
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