Explore Beautiful Koh Rong Before The World Beats You To It

6 August 2014

After weeks of sipping mojitos in Thailand, Flight Centre's guest blogger Nicolle was in desperate need of a reprieve from the party lifestyle and the hordes of tourists overrunning the islands. In the search for peace and quiet on a piece of beach she could call her own, Nicolle was lucky enough to be pointed north to a tiny island off the coast of Cambodia - Koh Rong.

 You'll quickly discover a sense of community on the small island

"Accessible only by fisherman boat, Koh Rong is a tropical haven for those looking to indulge in the charm and authenticity of visiting an island not yet touched by tourism. Travellers navigate their way to a rickety, wooden boat, before arranging themselves against stacks of bamboo to settle in for the two hour ride.

The first glimpse of Koh Rong takes your breath away - white sand contrasts against dense green forest and crystal blue waters, and you quickly notice how little development sprinkles the beach. It's back to basics on Koh Rong, and that’s exactly why it’s perfect.

 You won't need to tear yourself away from the beach at lunchtime

Days are passed playing beach volleyball, swimming in the ocean, and indulging at one of the few delicious eateries on the island. For those looking for something a little more active, the Koh Rong boasts many hiking trails into the jungle in search of waterfalls, or to one of the other 23 isolated white-sand beaches.

If you’re keen to dive  into the deep blue, Koh Rong is home to one dive company that can show you the delights below the water. Don’t get too carried away though - this is the perfect place to simply lay on the beach, swim in the crystal clear waters, and basque in the serenity of what is probably the closest many of us will get to their very own private island experience.

 Welcome to your very own picture-perfect paradise

After marvelling at the sun disappearing into the ocean, your best bet is to go grab a bite at one of the few local restaurants, but don’t stray too far. Once night has fallen, the ocean turns dark and comes alive with the lights of bio-luminescent plankton, almost reflecting the skies above.

The simplicity of life on Koh Rong is only temporary. Koh Rong is under development, with grand plans to become the most famous destination in Cambodia. Soon to be gracing its turquoise shores are several five star resorts, casinos and even an airport.

The good news is, the development is set to progress gradually over the next 20 years, which allows plenty of time to clamber aboard the rickety ferry before another untouched beauty is transformed into a tourist haven."

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About Nicolle White

Having traipsed around each corner of the globe, Nicolle believes travel is accessible to everyone. She aims to inspire others by debunking myths about budget, solo travel and fear mongering within the industry. Nicolle is a regular contributor to Global Hobo and has collaborated with companies worldwide.
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Nicolle White

Having traipsed around each corner of the globe, Nicolle believes travel is accessible to everyone. She aims to inspire others by debunking myths about budget, solo travel and fear mongering within the industry. You can find Nicolle's work at www.nicollewhite.com