An almost-empty island: Koh Rong Sanleom

Hi, everyone! It’s high time we talked again.

Last weekend in compensation for Valentine’s Day, I and my boyfriend dragged my cousins for an escape to Koh Rong Sanleom (Rong Sanleom Island). Locating at around 40 min speedboat ride from Sihanoukville, it is a very tranquil and unspoiled island.

With everything that has been going on at work and in life, I and my boyfriend desperately need a small getaway to keep our sanity intact. We twisted our transportation a little this time- Instead of taking our car, we took a minibus. Thank goodness the bus was neither too small, as its name implied, nor cramped with passengers, otherwise, I would have gotten carsick and the whole trip would be ruined (I’m weak and I know it).  It took us around 4 – 5 hours to get there. Immediately after our arrival, we bought the two-way speedboat ticket to Koh Rong Sonleom at a mart near our bus station. It costs only $19 both ways. I would reccommend you to take the speed boat instead of any other boats if you don’t want to spend at least 2 hours on the sea during this windy season with all the angry waves chaperoning you. However, in the case that you’re on a budget or would love to indulge in the irresistible view or enjoy the cool breeze brushing against your face, then slow boat, it is.

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The varsity and electric blue water of the sea really cleared my head. The second we arrived at the pier, it took all my willpower to not jump in head first (ironically, I’m not even a good swimmer).

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We, then, took another boat to our resort nestled at a serene and tranquil location on the other side of the pier. We checked in, got changed, and pampered ourselves with the “vitamin sea”.Processed with VSCO with a6 presetProcessed with VSCO with a6 presetProcessed with VSCO with a6 preset

A little late into the night, we strolled along the beach, took some moody pictures, and found this beautiful place to eat with the view to the sea. It is called “Leng Meng Beach Bungalow”.  We sat and had a scrumptious dinner while listening to the rhythm of the sea wave. Oh! By the way, they served the best pancake I’ve ever had. And yes! I had a pancake for dinner.

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The next day, we spent our morning chilling and reading before strolling to the other side of the beach. Initially, our itinerary was just to relax and chill by the beach and read, but we both were so pressured to check off some of the been-there-done-that activities, and it was there and then that we met a guy, who apparently was some sort of a boat trip agent. He talked us into renting a private boat to go snorkeling and visit a small local fishing village on the island. Thank goodness we both were easily persuaded, otherwise we wouldn’t have gone to this unbelievably amazing boat trip.Processed with VSCO with a6 preset

Processed with VSCO with hb2 presetWe had a magnificent time! The young skipper navigated us to a couple of snorkeling spots, both of which we were mesmerized by the beautiful marine life. The water was so clear that we actually didn’t need to dive in to see the coral reef. But we did anyway. Duh!

After exhausting ourselves from snorkeling around at least 10 km radius in the sea (not literally), the young skipper was kind enough to take us and guide us around the “M’pay Bay” fishing village, which has its own charm and beauty.

Luck wasn’t on our side though, we had lunch at the worst place ever! The service sucks. The food was cheap and fairly good, but the service sucks big time. It was the only downside to our trip. Anyhoo, the best part about the village tour was the discovery of a cliff spot with a spectacular 360 degree view to the sea. No words can describe how amazing the view and the moment is!

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Processed with VSCO with a6 presetProcessed with VSCO with a6 presetOur 2nd day at the beach ended with us strolling along the beach once again, because at the beach, no one in their right mind could possibly get tired of strolling.

We had dinner at this other place called “The One”, which served the best chicken wings! Their seating arrangement wasn’t as good as the one at “Leng Meng Bungalow”, but we still had a great time.img_9553

Sunday morning marked the last morning of our so-called getaway. We didn’t do anything interesting as our boat leaves at 8:30 AM. As you could expect, we didn’t want to leave at all. The inside of me cried a little, but there is work, and responsibilities waiting for us back home; we all can’t be beach bums. Bummer, right?

Processed with VSCO with hb2 presetOnce we got to Sihanoukville, we still had 3 hours left before our bus back to Phnom Penh leave. To kill time, we wandered around a little bit, had Kuyteav for breakfast (we had to rush to the pier before the boat left- didn’t get to have breakfast at the resort), and tracked down this little vegan cafe locating near the pier. “Dao of Life” is a perfect little cafe where you can chill while waiting for your boat or bus. They also serve awesome drinks and dessert. That is always a plus!

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This is the end of my blog post. Below are a few other photos I’ve taken at Koh Rong Sonleom. Have a good one, guys!

Until next time,

Maydawn

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