Cambodia was one of my favorite countries in South East Asia. The main difference between Cambodia and Thailand to me was that it was a less tourist catered environment, it felt much more authentic to me. We spent time in Siem Reap and got time to travel throughout Angkor Wat which was an incredible experience. However, in this blog post I am going to focus on the islands of Cambodia. Cambodia is not know for its islands like many of the other South East Asia countries are, and that’s what I love about them.
The island I stayed on for four days was Koh Rong Sanloem, the little sister island of Koh Rong. When deciding which island we wanted to visit it was more based on experiences we had with a hostel chain in Cambodia that we really liked, Mad Monkey. They had a hostel on Koh Rong Sanloem so we decided to visit that island, which ended up being a wonderful decision. The island was small and had only a few beaches scatted throughout. They relied on getting food, water and all other supplies from shipments from the mainland. You really got the sense you were in the middle of nowhere when you were on the island.
The best part was there was no wifi on Koh Rong Sanloem, you were completely out in nature and there was no way for interruptions to pop up on your phone. The bar closed at midnight on the island because the power was limited running off of generators. After the bar closed the entire hostel would strip down to their birthday suits, well not everyone, but those who had had enough to drink at the bar and go skinny dipping in the ocean. The best part of being in the ocean late at night was the lack of light, except for the blue plankton which appear when you wave your hands around. That’s right, blue plankton, it was a great experience being able to swim around with walks of life from all over the world, with no technology to get in the way, and get off the grid for a couple days.
If you are traveling on a budget be a little careful because the islands are a little more expensive just due to the fact everything had to be transported out there, but it was well worth it in my opinion. As for our other days on the island we went trekking in the jungle and went to explore some small waterfalls on the island. They also arranged fishing and snorkeling expeditions during the day. You have to be careful though because there are jelly fish in the after and a couple people got stung on our boat. We went fishing we poles made from water bottles and caught all sorts of different types of fish and drank beer. Another warning is, you better really like fish because you are going to eat it the way it comes out of the water… So if you are looking to get off the grid and looking at heading to South East Asia then Koh Rong Sanloem is a must see.