In one of our previous articles (you can read it here) we talked about the paradisiacal wonder of the island of Koh Rong Samloem. But even if the island isn’t too big, with so many beautiful places to choose, one may gets confuse where to stay. Let’s have a look of the different parts of the island and share some tips for Koh Rong Samloem!
One obvious place is Saracen’s bay, where the boat from Sihanoukville arrives. It’s a long gorgeous beach where the sand is whiter and the water is bluer, a bit less quiet than other parts of the island but with the advantage of having more access to things: a couple of simple supermarkets with basic (but kind of pricey) stuff, a police station (the cutest ever, in a bamboo hut!), a row of accommodation and restaurants along the beach, most of them with free wifi, etc. The majority of the places to stay are wooden bungalows or cool resorts, a lot of different options for different types of budget.
Trendy architecture in Saracen Bay’s resorts.
For the young crowd a better option may be M’Pai Bei, a place with a less beautiful beach comparing to Saracen Bay but with a more backpack oriented atmosphere and village feeling. Cheaper accommodation and places to eat for two dollars a meal, plus you may find fisherman available to bring you on a day trip to Koh Kun, an inhabitant island just in front of the beach. To reach M’Pai Bei the easiest option may be by boat (probably 5 dollars from Saracen Bay depending on your negotiating skills), but coming from there by foot is also possible, a nice jungle trekking followed by crossing an authentic Khmer fishing village filled with cute houses on stilts and friendly families (but bear in mind that a part of the path has to be done through the water, so going during low tide is a must).
The jungle is calling you.
Also reachable by a trek in the jungle, and a way easier one with a clear path and signs helping you along the way, is Sunset beach, a kind of digital detox paradise with just a couple of hours of electricity per day and no wifi or mobile coverage. It’s quieter than the rest of the places, great for diving and snorkeling, or just sun bathing and swimming in this spotless ocean. A couple of good restaurants, some pleasant bungalows and five dollar dorm beds compose the setting, making this beach those kind of places where a person goes for a couple of days and end up staying for a couple of weeks. It’s a 40 minutes walking from Saracen Bay, just ask around where is the beginning of the path (and bring a flash light in case you are coming already near evening).
The quietness of Sunset beach.
Even easier to get from Saracen Bay (and maybe the reason for the name), Lazy beach it’s just a 20 minutes walk along a sandy path, ending in a beach with just one hostel and a kind of “private beach” feeling – perfect as well for the ones looking for getting away from civilization. And nearby you can also find a path leading to a lighthouse and another isolated beach with a small fishing village, nice trekkings in case you feel like exercising.
The options are many, not forgetting as well water sports such as kayaking and stand-up paddle, diving (various places on the island offer PADI courses) or even just snorkeling, this island has lot of wonders to offer. Hope we clarified some of the available places to stay here, and if you are already convinced to come and try for yourself, have a look on Camboticket website where you can find a combined ticket of bus + ferry from Phnom Penh to Koh Rong Samloem.