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Neither of us had ever been to Cambodia before and didn’t quite know what to expect when we got there. We had heard many many other stories of our friends and families travels. Because of these stories we had our heart set on definitely visiting the islands off the south coast – either Koh Rong or Koh Rong Samloem. We knew people who had gone to both and we had read the good old trusty reviews on TripAdvisor and came to the conclusion that we would stay on Coconut beach on the main island of Koh Rong.
The beach huts we stayed in were called ‘Coconut beach bungalows’ and had some mixed reviews, over the past few years but still some of the best of the island. This is bearing in mind that we did not want to go for full on party beach (the main beach Koh Toch) and didn’t want complete isolation. This place was on a secluded beach but had other huts and enough rooms to ensure there would be other travellers for us to talk to.
In the previous blog I covered the route of getting to Koh Rong which was one of people’s complaints but after asking the owner of Coconut Beach bungalows, Robbie, who recommended someone on the mainland to help us, we felt confident and the journey was without any hiccups. Robbie met us on the pier and carried our bags (both of them weighing 12kg each!) to our bungalow. He made sure we were comfortable and left us to take in the view.
The alternative to Koh Rong was Sanloem. A much calmer resort type place which was over priced in our eyes. So Coconut beach was a half way house. It was quiet but sociable and a bit pricier than we had been paying everywhere else but so worth that extra money. The beach hut was massive and on stilts – who hasn’t dreamed of staying in a hut on stilts? We also decided that because it was Christian’s birthday whilst we were there we could splash out a little.
We instantly loved it here and didn’t know what people were complaining about. The owner, Robbie, had sorted out the problem of no electricity during the night and also upgraded the wifi. It wasn’t perfect 5* accommodation but was a lot better than we had expected. We were staying for 5 nights so settled ourselves in with a beer on the balcony before heading down to the only place to eat for dinner.
Our first day was very relaxed, sleeping in then sitting by the beach. It was that evening that made it that extra bit special when everyone was invited down to the beach to let off lanterns into the night sky. As there were mostly couples and small groups of friends this was all very romantic and it also brought new people together. It was a great conversation starter for those of us who don’t overly like approaching new people.
The following day Robbie had got us to sign up to a day tour on a boat. We were with two other English couples from London and a group of 6 Chinese about our age. For only $10 each we went snorkelling and fishing off the boat in the middle of the ocean, we spent an hour or two on the main beach and then beach hopped our way back to Coconut Beach to watch the sunset with a bottle of rum from the island. It was a great day and the sea was absolutely beautiful.
That night Robbie got us involved with another activity – something we were highly anticipating – swimming with the glow in the dark Plankton. We had seen pictures which were incredible but what you don’t realise is that you need complete darkness if you are going to see them at all. We all got our swimmers on and slowly made our way into the sea in pitch black which was quite terrifying/ exhilarating (they had to turn off all the lights in the bungalows). It wasn’t anything picture worthy because they wouldn’t have actually shown up in the pictures but to be in the sea and have it glow every time you moved was incredible to see. Nature has its way of showing you its beauty and this was one of them. We felt very lucky to do this without having to leave or accommodation.
The following days and nights were spent relaxing, eating, drinking and playing cards with our new friends. We got introduced to a few new games, one of which is now a firm favourite; Dobble. If you haven’t tried it then you should! We also could have gone to the other beaches whilst we were there but this would have cost $40 on a private taxi boat which we didn’t think was worth it when our beach was so good.
Our final night on this lovely island was Christians birthday. He managed to win a free beer in a game of Beer pong and also got an amazing birthday surprise from the owners. They brought out a Birthday pizza with candles!! Possibly even better than a cake…”
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