3rd – 6th January
We booked Koh Rong Backpackers online before leaving Sihanoukville, and arranged a bus to the dock and boat to the island through Koh Rong Dive Centre. After a week of chilling out on the beach in Sihanoukville, another three days isn’t exactly what I needed, but as we were only going to get a 15 day Thai visa, we had to stay in Cambodia until the 22nd (Our flight home from Bangkok was on the 4th February) so why not check out Koh Rong.
The first day we got there we just chilled out on the beach and had a look around. There wasn’t a whole lot to do, so on the second day we went for a hike over the mountain to a beach on the other side, but we never made it. We got lost on the path, walking around for 2.5 hours trying to find our way but in the end we gave up and walked back to check out a beach on the same side of the island, but around the point.
Thoughts on Koh Rong:
- I was happy to leave Koh Rong, there just wasn’t enough to do.
- The island only has power in the afternoons through til about 11pm, which is annoying.
- Koh Rong Backpackers is the worst hostel I have stayed in, but this has to be kept in perspective, as it’s on a very undeveloped island, but the rooms are tiny, the walls are thin with big gaps in the paneling, the doors don’t have locks, the rooms don’t have power-points. The other thing is, its on a pier over the water, which is cool, but tough to find your way to when the power goes out at 11pm.
- I’ve heard that the islands owner is simply leasing out the land to low scale bungalows until approval is given for big hotels and resorts.