A Slice of Paradise on Koh Rong Samloem Cambodia

As I write this blog post Iā€™m sitting at my Mum’s house in the UK and it’s freezing. I’m wearing fingerless gloves to warm up my hands just enough so that I can type and my hands don’t seize up. I’m dreaming of my whirlwind trip to Cambodia and in particular, a beautiful island called Koh Rong Samloem, just off the coast of Sihanoukville.

Koh Rong Samloem Island Cambodia

Slice of paradise…

The island has the most beautiful beach I have ever seen in Asia. Aside from the Caribbean, I have never seen sand so white and water so turquoise.

The sand was so fine it makes a squeaking sound beneath your feet, and the ocean is so warm it’s like swimming in a bathtub.

The night before our boat trip to the island, Turner (Around the World in 80 Jobs) and I had actually been debating whether to do the Nap Bar booze cruise, and whether our ageing bodies could handle being force-fed alcohol by a bunch of drunk English/Australian 20-year olds. The guy selling the cruise put in a lot of effort trying to persuade us, but no matter how much he talked about beer bongs and shots, he was just talking to the wrong crowd. I’ve been the party girl, but these days my body is just failing me and the ethanol Mekong whisky doesn’t help. So we decided against it, and instead we went on the ‘Party Boat‘, which is actually more-boat-less-party.

It costs $20 but I managed to get the gentleman selling the tour to give me a discount, so in the end it was $18.

Koh Rong Party BoatĀ 

We were collected from our guesthouse at 9am and driven down to the jetty in a tuk tuk. The party boat is pretty big and therefore anchors away from the shore, so we had to get in a smaller boat to transport us to it.

If you suffer from motion sickness like I do then I suggest you take something before you go because the boat tends to sway a lot and you don’t want to spend the entire time with your head hanging over the side. I took a couple of Traveleze pastilles in the morning, and even then I still felt a bit queazy.

The Sihanoukville party boat has three floors and a cool area on the top deck for sunbathing, with padded sunbeds and floor cushions to lie on. It takes a couple of hours to get to the island, so in the meantime we spent our time laying in the sun, which turned out to be a bad idea since we turned a shade of lobster red.

Sihanoukville Party Boat

The top deck

Mr @80worldjobs hard at work

Mr @80worldjobs hard at work

We stopped for a short break for swimming and snorkeling, then tucked into a buffet lunch that included various Asian dishes, fruit and some pretty tasty onion rings.

Then we arrived in paradise…Koh Rong Samloem Cambodia.

Koh Rong Samloem Beach Cambodia

Cliche jumping photo

Koh Rong Samloem Cambodia


Koh Rong Samloem is Koh Rong’s smaller sister, and is quieter and more secluded. There’s a beach bar with a pool table and cool swings hanging from the trees, and a restaurant next door with free games. I would have happily stayed a few nights and I could have stayed there even longer had it been equipped with every blogger’s lifeline: Wi-Fi.

You can rent your own bungalow on the beach, but the dorm rooms are also cool and cost only $5 a night. You get your own double bed with a mosquito net, and each bed is separated with a curtain so you have some privacy.

On the boat ride back to the mainland we got to see this beautiful sunset…and it’s days like this that make me happy to be location independent.

Sihanoukville Sunset


[box]The $20 for the part boat gets you pick-up from your guesthouse, a pastry for breakfast, buffet lunch, free tea and coffee, and return boat trip. You also receive one free drinks voucher to exchange for a beer or soft drink.[/box]

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Victoria Brewood

Hi I'm Victoria, a British girl from Manchester. After graduating from university I decided there was more to life than the hours between 9 and 5, so I packed my journalism degree into my suitcase to travel the world and find a way to make money at the same time. I now call London home, although I still travel whenever I can. I hope to inspire you to be your own boss, live life and see the world.

  • turner
    Posted at 01:48h, 09 March Reply

    How did you not include pictures of our dear friend Boris in this post? I have some of him in top form:)

    • Victoria
      Posted at 05:11h, 09 March Reply

      I didn’t get a picture of him! I’ll have to get it from you šŸ™‚

  • Daniel
    Posted at 01:39h, 22 April Reply

    Looks amazing, I can’t wait to go! Thanks for posting. Did you have a problem with sand flies?

  • Bianca
    Posted at 03:22h, 27 November Reply

    Hi there! Wonderful blog! After reading your post I think I’m sold on the Party Boat tour. However my friend and I only have one full day in sihanoukville to go on this day trip. How early do you think you have to book this in advance? We only arrive 4pm the afternoon before the day that we would like to do this :/ is this enough time?
    Did you think Sihanoukville was safe overall? Have heard stories of almost everyone getting robbed on the beach…
    Thanks šŸ™‚

  • Khmer Sor
    Posted at 23:19h, 26 January Reply

    Great place Koh Rong, must be great to live like that.
    Keep it up.

    Khmer Sor http://www.mijncambodja.nl

  • Hoa Sabi
    Posted at 05:14h, 19 April Reply

    Hello… :). Many thanks for your wonderful review.

    About your hiring boat, could I just take one way ticket of a boat and return with another? I think the flexible time which we can choose to depart from island is better, right?

    Hope you can reply soon. šŸ˜€

  • Maja
    Posted at 17:42h, 07 October Reply

    Love love LOVEEE your pictures! Cambodia is definitely next! Greetings from Germany xx

    Love, Maja
    currently: Thailand & Bali

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