Surrounded by crystal clear water that laps lazily on idyllic white beaches and home to an abundance of exotic marine life and sleepy swaying hammocks. Koh Rong Samloem at just 9 km long and 4 km wide (only 1 km wide at its narrowest point) is the little sister of neighboring island Koh Rong. Don’t expect any WIFI here; Koh Rong Samloem is off the radar and a place to forget about all the modern commodities of reality; if only for a little while. The island also has limited time for electricity, so if you are looking for a back to basics away from it all experience, then this is the place for you!
Koh Rong Samloem is a peaceful place, a getaway destination and happens to be much more tranquil and far less developed than its bigger sister island of Koh Rong. It has been said that the beaches of Koh Rong Samloem are what the beaches of Thailand were some 20 years ago… So if you want to experience the untouched Koh Rong Samloem do it now, because word travels fast! Fortunately it just happens to be one of the stops on our 12 day Cambodia Explorer tour, so if you wanna see this piece of paradise along with many of Cambodia’s other must see destinations as part of a fun loving group of young adults, then the trip might just be for you.
Koh Rong Samloem, what we do…
Koh Rong Samloem is one of those little hidden gems that you wish to keep all to yourself. Your time spent here can be filled with as much or as little as you like. With boat trips available, volleyball, kayaking, hammock chills, bar games, walks around the beautiful island or simply sipping on a cocktail while the waves gently roll over your toes, we have got you covered! Expect to while away the days on the islands main attraction, the white sandy picturesque beach, before a spot of snorkeling to spot some of the many colourful fish the island is home to.
In the evening
Get stuck into a delicious cocktail (or two) whilst watching some of the best sunsets from the deck of the hostel whilst slumped in a beanbag. Relaxation at it’s finest! The bar then starts to fill and you can enjoy a game of beer pong, or various other games which are set up around the deck. It is a great space to chill with your new mates or have a boogie if you fancy it!
After dark, this island holds a special treat for all: insaaaane phosphorescence! For those of you who don’t know what that is, bio luminescence is when tiny organsim’s in the water produce a glow. This glow makes the water look like it is covered in tiny stars – a magical experience! You can only see these when it is pitch black outside, so around midnight, head out to the water to check it out. What makes this even more special is that you can look up at the stars at the same time, making you feel like a tiny little being with the universe all around you.
If you are lucky, you may even get to see one of the awesome fire shows put on by the staff at Mad Monkey. You aren’t going to want to leave this place!
Where we stay
In Koh Rong Samloem we stay at the Mad Monkey hostel which has its own private section of the island. We stay in cute little beach bungalows just a stones throw away from the beach. The rooms are usually around 4 people per hut staying in bunk beds, with an en suite bathroom and mosquito nets included. Imagine opening your door and having the beach on your doorstep! You can relax in the sleepy hammocks swaying above the water, or chill on the bean bags enjoying a cocktail watching the waves roll in. Not to mention the incredible sunsets which you can watch from the deck. This hidden gem is not to be missed!