I left the bustling streets of Phnom Penh sooner than anticipated, but I was eager to get to a more tranquil location. I definitely discovered a more peaceful location. After Phnom Penh became too hot, Koh Rong Sanloem became too cold, much like Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Because it was so quiet, I became bored and left early. It was a significant improvement over Phnom Penh, but I quickly became bored.
If my memory serves me well, the trek to Koh Rong Sanloem took two days. The ride from Phnom Penh was pleasant, but I got at the shore too late for the island’s ferry. I slept in Sihanouk for the night before catching a boat to the island the next morning.
On the boat, I met this really charming guy. He ran a hotel on the island and was bringing some birds as a present in a laundry basket. If my memory serves me correctly, the birds are presented as a gift, and the recipient releases them for good luck. The man told me that his father was a police chief on the mainland, and that I should contact him if I got into problems. I thought that was very cool, even though I didn’t expect to need his help.
I arrived on the island and booked a room on the beach, directly across from the port where I had arrived.
The rooms were small huts directly on the beach, which were very cool. You’ll see that the walls are open at the top to allow air circulation if you look at the top of the photograph.
The beach was deafeningly quiet. There were only a few other tourists in the area. There weren’t many structures along the coast, only a few bungalows.
There was a large treehouse in front of my room that anyone could rent. From the outside, it appeared to be cool, but I believe it requires more effort than it is worth. It looked cool from the ground, and I’m sure the view was spectacular, but getting in and out would be a nightmare.
The water was incredibly calm, clean, and warm. On this trip, I didn’t swim much, but I did spend a lot of time in the water here.
I was set because the hotel/resort had a restaurant that sold alcohol. I ate dinner and drank a few beers while I was there. Because the island must generate its own electricity, power was only accessible for four hours after the sun set.
The sunset sky was one of the most beautiful I’d ever seen.
I went out into the water when it grew dark. There was a lot of plankton in the water, and it lit up as you moved your hand under water or agitated it. It was one of the most amazing things I’d ever seen. Smooth Criminal was the basis for a Michael Jackson game when I was a youngster. You wore gloves that emitted a shower of glitter. In the water, I felt the same way.
The entire day was fantastic. I spent the day doing nothing but reading and relaxing. There was no internet, and there was nothing else to do. It was lovely to relax for a day, but I thought that one day of nothing would suffice.
The next morning, I watched the sun rise before boarding the boat to the next island. I had hoped that the next island, Koh Rong, would be the ideal location for me, but I’m a finicky Goldilocks. I wouldn’t locate the perfect location until I visited Kep. I’ll write about it in a day or two, and then it’s on to Koh Rong.