Koh Rong Island

Cambodia Travel Route: Siem Reap – Sihanoukville – Koh Rong Island

I arrived at Sihanoukville early in the morning after a night ride on a sleeping bus, which was not precisely sleepy for me. A local taxi driver suggested an island 2-3 hours away as the best touring destination. I double-checked with a couple of other tourists and headed to the island. The boat ride was quite an adventure as the ocean was very choppy; some of us got soaked and vomited. The Lonely Planet book describes the island like that: “This is paradise the way you dreamt it: endless crescents of powdered, sugary soft sand, hammocks swaying in the breeze, photogenic fishing villages … It seems too good to last, so enjoy it while it does.” It is a romantic place; unfortunately, I was alone. Instead, I did five deep water dives and got the advanced PADI certification (Professional Association of Diving Instructors).

A group of young Westerners fills various jobs on the island, such as bartending and deep water diving instructors. They share some features: a scent of youth, freedom, possibilities, and many tattoos.   Among them are many young Israelis. We celebrated Chanukah’s candle lighting together. On the boat ride back, the engine stopped mid-way. It was nerve-racking. A second boat arrived two hours later and towed us to shore. It was another little adventure in Cambodia.