Hi Steemit I'm back with another travel guide for Koh Rong Samloem island. This tropical paradise is located just off the coast of Cambodia and is filled with beautiful white sand beaches to explore.
We stayed at a hostel located near the port of Mpay Bay which appeared to be the backpacker side of the island and I'd definitely recommend you staying here if you want to be part of the action on this already quiet island. The hostel we stayed at is called ''yellow moon'' and it was such a fun place to stay all of the staff were so friendly and provided some of the best backpacker chat I've had. The hostel has a very chilled atmosphere during the day with hammocks dotted all of the place including a swing over the ocean.
The bay has one small street where all the restaurants and most of the hostels are located so this is where you'll most likely be going to have your breakfast in the morning. You'll witness some truly local families at work providing food for all of the backpackers at a very reasonable price of around $2 to $4 for a meal. My favorite restaurant is right along the ocean front and is called ''Touch Restaurant''. It is run by a local family and the owners children are the real stars of the show ! One of the daughters is probably no older that ten and takes all the orders in perfect English and delivers everyone their food. She always does it with a smile ! One of the younger girls pushes a card board box around on the sand collecting all of the empty dishes and she must be less than five years old ... Definitely a truly memorable local experience.
One of the best things I did on the island was seeing the luminescent plankton that you'll be able to see every night at around 12pm once the lights on the island have all be turned off. Sadly I do not have any pictures or footage of this but it was breathtaking moving around in the water with this blue glow wherever you splashed. Definitely something you have to do on the island ! I guess there are three beaches you can reach from Mpay Bay all improving in quality as you move away from the port. The best of which being circle bay or as I like to call it secret beach. I've got a blog and a video showcasing this one which will be up in a few days. All of the hostels on the island also provide boat and snorkeling tours to different beaches all round the island that are inaccessible by walking.
This video shows you how to reach the ''Secret Beach'' walking all the way from Mpay bay and here's a link to the blog post.
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