Koh Rong Samloem can be considered as the little sister of Cambodia’s most famous island, Koh Rong. It’s a nice option if like me you don’t have much time to explore the Cambodian coast and islands.
I opted for the Party Boat (despite the name, it is not really some floating night club): $25 for the day. It takes you to Koh Rong Samloem and back, with some not-too-bad snorkeling along the way. The boat leaves from the Serendipity Pier – Serendipity Beach in Sihanoukville, and you can buy your ticket at their booth on the pier.
Seems like the day was not well chosen as there was a huge storm cloud just over the Party Boat (photo on the left), and we were all waiting for the small boat to take us to the big one, under the rain. The waves made it complicated to embark and disembark as the small boat kept banging hard against the pier and then against the Party Boat! But hey, that’s adventure.
During the sailing the weather improved and we could go on the roof of the boat for the best view possible (and not to get sick).
Koh Rong Samloem is still a largely untouched island (but not for long I am sure). The long beach of Saracen Bay is where the boat takes you. A shallow turquoise warm water awaits you for a very enjoyable swim, with the jungle-covered hills of the island around.
The turquoise sea with really dark and threatening clouds in the background can make really cool photography opportunities!
20 mins later, the cool photographic background inevitably turned into rain that lasted for the rest of the day. Even though the first reflex is to be disappointed by the weather, I decided that I should try swimming under the rain. And it was fun! One of the best memories I have of this island.
A long portion of Saracen Bay is still wild, but some bungalows and “eco resorts” are slowly being built. More and more tourists will go to this island, spend a night there, and more facilities will probably be built for them in the years to come. If you want to catch a glimpse of this island while it is still relatively wild, go NOW!
Address (tour booking and meeting point): Serendipity Pier, Serendipity Beach, Sihanoukville
GPS (embarking point): 10°36’20.83″N, 103°31’16.59″E
Best way to go: Day trip from Sihanoukville – Booked at the Serendipity Pier
Cost of tour: US$ 25 for the day trip with the Party Boat
Duration of tour: Around 8:30 hours, 9:30 am to 5 pm
Best season: November to April