Koh Rong Sanloem Island
Koh Rong Sanloem is an island of the coat of Sihanoukville in Cambodia. 4 km south of sister island Koh Rong. Sometimes called as Koh Rong Samloem.
How to get there
From Manila, Philippines you can take a flight to Phnom Penh and then from Phnom Penh you will take bus to Sihanoukville and from Sihanoukville you will take a ferry to the Koh Rong Sanloem Island. Travel time is about 7 hrs.
From Siem Reap Cambodia you can take night bus via Giant Ibis or other Bus company to Sihanoukville, and from Sihanoukville take ferry to the island. Travel time is about 10 hours.
From Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam, you can take Mekong Express with 2 part leg travel. First part is HCMC to Phnom Phen and Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville. Then Overnight stay in Sihanoukville and continue in the morning to the island. Travel time is about 13 hrs from HCMC-PP-Sihanouk. and another 1hr for the ferry to KRS.
Since i visited HCMC for 2 days this is my point of entry. I checked out to the Apartment i rented and booked GrabCar to Mekong Express Bus Company is District 1 and arrived 8:00am. We started the journey at 8:45 am. Passed by to the border at around 11 am had a lunch after and then continue the journey and finally arrived at Phnom Penh at 5:30pm the bus stop is just near the river and everyone went out from the bus and then waited 15 mins for the 2nd leg of my travel. 5:45 pm the VIP van arrived to pick me up for my next journey to the Sihanoukville and arrived 10:30pm to the bus stop. I hired a Tuktuk to my Hostel named Onederz Hostel , checked in and rest. I’m so tired for this long day. I booked my bus trip prior to my trip and it cost about 25usd. HCMC-PP-SIHA.
I woke up early to have a breakfast that the hostel serve for a minimal amount which consist bread, egg, spread, fruits and juice. I also had the chance to roam around this small hostel and took some photos. The hotel location is nice and not so far from the Pier. Its also inside the alley so its not that noisy as in the main road it sooo busy and noisy. The Onederz Hostel provide basic accomodation good for an overnight stay and its affordable for 9.5usd a night.I stayed in a 6 bed dorm with mixed people. I didn’t get any problem when i arrived from checking in to sleeping. They also have a small pool good to chill after a long tiring hot day, a nice and clean bathroom good there’s one for women and one for men, and they have a little playroom too. My stay in this hostel is a great deal for me. After breakfast i checked out at 7:30am and took a tuk tuk to the Serendipity Pier.
Arrived in the Serendipity Pier after 3 minutes tuk tuk ride for 2 usd. There are several Boat Company that will take you to island of ur choice either Koh Rong Sanloem and Koh Rong and in this 2 islands they also have different pier stop so choose carefully what company your going to get or else you will walk lots under the heat of the sand, and take note no tuktuk in the island. Island Speed Ferry , Buva Sea, Speed Ferry Cambodia and GTVC for name the few Boat company that sails to the island.
Here are some info regarding the schedule of trips from different Boat Companies https://www.koh-rong-samloem-island.com/boat-tickets/
Since am going to Orchid Pier i booked to the GVTC Speedboat. through this site. Bookmebus https://bookmebus.com/en/search/ferry/sihanoukville/koh-rong-samloem-via-ferry?utf8=%E2%9C%93&on_date=17%2F07%2F2019
The travel time is about an hour as we passed by to the Koh Rong Island to pick up and drop passengers then to the Koh Rong Sanleom. We sailed 8:15am and arrived at 9:15am. And arrived in Saracen Bay Orchid Pier.
Beach Island Resort
The resort i booked for 2 night that cost 25usd per night. The Beach Island Resort is located 2 mins walk form the Orchid Pier and at the almost end part of the beach, which is very good for me as its very quite and no much crowed around with a very nice white powdery sand and pristine blue water. They have no free wifi in the room. They have different room types such as Dorm type, Small Bungalow, Shared Bungalow, Private Bungalow and Vip Bungalow. Price per night is as low as 10 usd. They also offer buffet breakfast for 5usd .For more info you can check this link.https://www.koh-rong-samloem-island.com/beach-island-resort/
I choose Private Bungalow so i have nice and cozy room with out ripping off my wallet and to have my privacy. Booked via Agoda – https://www.agoda.com/the-beach-island-resort/hotel/koh-rong-sanloem-kh.html?checkin=2019-06-21&los=1&adults=2&rooms=1&cid=1646626&tag=c89381a7-9dab-7623-4d04-0f736e38add3&searchrequestid=a9c6668b-df36-4c73-9b51-2a265292cf95&travellerType=1&tspTypes=2
After checking in early, i rested and just went out around 2pm to have my late lunch. I’ve walked around the area and i saw this Big Easy Restaurant and Hostel. I’ve read read before that its one of the nicest place to stay and dine. I ordered BBQ Ribs and Apple Juice for 10usd. Its yummy and i enjoyed eating in front of the beach. Here’s the link to Big Easy . https://www.facebook.com/thebigeasykrs/
After my yummy lunch i went back to the room to rest again and took nap for an hour and prepared my self wore swimsuit and enjoy to the beach around 4pm. I witnessed nice sunset and enjoyed to the max. I love uncrowded white beach really.
Eating at night in the area where i stayed is usually hard as most resto are closed by 9pm but i walked further to find resto and i’ve seen this resort/ resto named Hostel by the Sea. I ordered Grilled Squid with Greek Salad for 10usd. The squid is so fresh and big in serving. Really good choice. Filled my hungry tummy. Such a fun filled day. I slept sound and good at the bungalow i stayed at.
I woke up early fresh and recharged and i went the resort resto to try their buffet breakfast. The breakfast buffet consist of breads, omelettes, fruits, juices, coffee and soup for the amount of 5 usd. I enjoyed the breakfast but i’m looking forward to some meat in the selection but no issues at all.
I went back to my room and changed into swimming attire. I walked to the Pier Area to have my trip confirmation for the next day. Take note that they will not allow you to get on to the boat if you didn’t confirm your slot a day before your scheduled trip back to the mainland. The Ferry Booth to the different boat company is just in front of the Orchid Resort. They also offers trips and tours like private and join in. I booked my self a tour for the night called Plankton Tour which cost 10 usd including the snorkel set and lifevest and a Klang Beer.
Since i researched about Koh Rong Sanloem, i got amazed with this beautiful beach on the other side of the island. Lazy Beach is a long stretch of a squeaky clean set in a bay and surrounder with tropical jungle.The beach is child friendly and good for snorkeling that you don’t need to hop on to the boat and find a good spot. Its just located in front of the the Lazy Beach Resort. Its great if you have the chance to stay here as you will be disconnected away from the noise and the crowed. Its the only resort around area i supposed and no much people around. There are some bungalow set up right in front of the beach which had an amazing view especially when you wake up early in the morning. They also have their own restaurant which is good as no restaurant nearby or else you will have to walk to the other side to get something to it if you don’t want to eat in the resto, but with what i heard they offer a great tasting meal so why need to walk that far just to eat. I love the rusting ambiance in this place. The golden sand beach, pristine blue water, lush green surroundings, and a blue skies, what else i could ask for. Its heaven!
Going to the Lazy Beach from Saracen Bay is about 25 minutes walk under the heat of the sun.It was around 11 am when i started walking towards the direction which is a bit misleading as there’s no signages , no one is going there that time so i have to depend on my intuition lol. so there’s some ennie minnie minnie mo stuff that time. There’s some area that is a bit creepy or maybe i’m just thinking so morbid. Its very quite and all i can here is the nature, birds, some gecko, and i was like omg maybe there’s some snake on the way to this jungle. as in i walked alone in the jungle! About 5 minutes walk near the resort is the creepiest way for me , narrow road with trees and lots of leaves that feel down in the ground.. hahaha i just walked so fast and run coz that area is a bit dark and i am worried that something might came up, u know snakes, alligator, bear. hahahahaha sorry but all whats in my mind that time. Thank God i’ve seen some signs that am very near to the resort.
When i arrived, its like OMG. Pure bliss and heaven on earth. It’s one of the best places i’ve seen on my travelling, one of the beach beach i’ve even seen. The sand is not as white as the one in saracen bay but the golden sand under the sun is really amazing! The long scary and crazy walk is really worth it. I set up my beach matt near the shades of the tree and i had a very relaxing time, too bad that it was Khmer New Year and the Restaurant is closed that time, good thing is that i bought a bottle of water with me and at least i had a full tummy. I spent like 4 hours in the beach doing nothing but just enjoying the nature, the beach and the scenery. I didn’t pay any entrance going inside the resort. Btw there’s no good cellular signal in the area its a good way to disconnect to reconnect.
Here is the FB link to the Lazy Beach Resort – https://www.facebook.com/lazybeachcambodia/
Lazy Beach Resort – http://lazybeachcambodia.com/Home.html
After my chillaxing time in the Lazy Beach i started to walk back to Saracen Bay, and on the way back to hotel i drop by to Big Easy Restaurant again to get my late lunch.This time i ordered mango smoothie (2 glasses) and a Spicy chicken w salad and fries for about 9 usd. Again same seat same spot fronting the beautiful beach.
After my late lunch i walked back to the resort took 1 hr nap and prepared for the Plankton Tour at 6:30 pm. And as early as 6pm am already set and went to the pier.The join in tour is just 6 pax including me. I saw other participants got beer but they didn’t give me any. But no issues as i don’t plan to drink beer that day. We went to the snorkelling site and they said that the planktons are dependent in the moon. I cant see any planktons when i was still in the boat but as soon as i went to the water, oh its amazing. There’s not so much plankton that night but it didn’t fail my expectations.I tried to stay steady in the water but i didn’t see them , the guy told me that i should move and keep moving in order for me to see the Planktons. It was my first time to see this mesmerizing bioluminescent lights this plankton made. The water starts to glow bring blue and green color.It was like a dream! Its one of the nicest experience i had. Though i have phobia swimming in the dark. I made it! I conquered my fear. Unfortunately i haven’t taken any photo underwater as my camera is not working at night. I cant even see any on my camera. Anybody here wanted to sponsor me a Go Pro? hehe.. The tour lasted for 2.5 hrs
After the Plankton Tour. I went back to my room and had a shower and since its getting late its almost 9pm i have to make it fasted as i need to get something to eat. Lots are already closed including my Resort , so i walked further to go again to Big Easy as they close till midnight. I had a special dinner which is a steak and a mango shake cost around 11 usd. I sat in the couch near the beach and i met this Thai Girl and Indian Guy which is staying in the same resort where i was staying. They sat beside me and we had a nice convo that took for about 2 hrs exchanging stories and when they learned i am Filipina and traveling solo they were amazed. Very lovely couple too bad that i met them on my last night in the island. went back to the resort and had a nice sleep after having a beer from the couple . Thanks for the treat!!!
Woke up early, packed my bags and ready to go. But i had the chance to beach bum for an hour , enjoyed the sun, the water and the sand. 10 am i packed up and checked out and head the the pier. My schedule trip was at 11am so i still have some time to have my breakfast. I had a breakfast in The Orchid Resort just in front of the Orchid Pier. Had rice , sauteed squid in a fresh pepper (omg its so good) and papaya shake all for 10usd. So i had full tummy before my trip.
11:00am GVTC Ferry started announcing that all departing guest should be in the pier and there’s lots of unregistered guest so they made a priority with all those who had reserved their seats that day. As soon as the small ferry got full we started the journey. It was a small and very fast ferry. Arrived Sihanoukville Pier after 30 mins of travel only. Wow so fast.
Good bye Koh Rong Sanloem! Thanks for the memories, and the joy!
Expenses – Based on PHP (50Php =1Usd)
Bus ride from HCMC to Sihanoukville 1300.00
Tuk Tuk from Sihanouk to hostel 150.00
Onederz Hostel 500.00
Tuk Tuk to Serendipity Pier 100.00
Food for Day 1 500.00
Boat to Koh Rong Sanloem 2way 1300.00
Beach Island Accommodation 2500.00
Food for day 2 1000.00
Plankton Tour 500.00
Food for day 3 & 4 1700.00
TOTAL EXPENSES 9550.00
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