Koh Rong – part 1

Posted from Kaoh Kong, Cambodia.

People boarding the boat precariously and probably with glee - only to get the hell of Sihanouk Ville.

People boarding the boat precariously and probably with glee – only to get the hell of Sihanouk Ville.

Well, my journey keeps getting better. I left the sesspool known as Sihanouk Ville and took a 2.5 hr boat ride to an island called Koh Rong off the south coast of Cambodia. Koh stands for island. A van picked me up at the hostel and drove me all of two blocks to a dive shop down the road where they said we could have free breakfast with the $20 boat ticket. Unfortunately those who got up earlier and walked to the joint had consumed all the croissants and good fruit. So one over-ripe banana later I was packed onto another bus and shipped down to the port.

Sihanouk Ville only exists because they decided to build a deep-sea port in Cambodia. This is the same port we boarded our vessel – a vessel that swayed like a teeter totter on the high seas. One girl got sick and there were a few others that looked a little green by the time we got to the island.

As we came in to dock this was the sight we saw. Two years ago none of this was here.

As we came in to dock this was the sight we saw. Two years ago none of this was here.

But what a sight it was. White sands stretching the expanse of the shoreline. A few buildings and huts. A few rickety old piers and next to nothing else. I’m told it never used to be so developed. That it was once a beach-goers’ paradise. Two guest houses and a crumby bar. I suppose nothing like that lasts long in a place like this – where the cost of living is low and cold weather means it’s 20C. And where travellers are keen to make their dollar go far.

In true fashion I hadn’t booked ahead, but I had read a bit about what was on the island. I walked up a very haphazard pier to Koh Rong Backpackers and found a bed for the night over the water. Actually, it was looking like one of the better back-packers I’ve stayed in. It was $7 a night, had a mosquito net, no lockers in the room, but a safe room with lockers that they secure at night. At least there was somewhere safe to put my laptop. It was cold water showers, but it is a developing island. The only outlets were in the bar/lounge area, but again, that’s acceptable for a bunkhouse. On a pier. On a rather underdeveloped island. Off the coast of Cambodia.

Koh Rong backpackers. Not the cheapest dorms on the island, but definitely an unusual one.

Koh Rong backpackers. Not the cheapest dorms on the island, but definitely an unusual one.

Now some may wonder why I didn’t shell out the extra money for a beach bungalow. I can answer this. Because it’s twice the price and I don’t plan on spending any time in it. Plus, I can do that in Thailand. I have, however, never stayed in a bunk house on a pier.

After securing my belonging they told me my bed wouldn’t be ready until about 3 p.m. My sheets had to be cleaned. So I threw on my bikini and headed down to the beach, sans towel. I can’t wait to explore this place fully. Apparently there are trails through the jungle that lead you to deserted beaches on the other side of the island.

I went for a swim (got completely covered in sand) and headed back to the backpackers to have a sandwich, use the dodgy Internet and wait for my room to be ready. There was still so much day left. I’m sure the night would prove to be very interesting.

The main beach on the island. But the island has over 200kms of coast line

The main beach on the island. But the island has over 43kms of beaches

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