Koh Rong Samloem was one of those places I saw on Pinterest and thought it was too good to be true. I hadn't heard of it prior to this year, but as I was already planning to stop in Cambodia for Angkor Wat I thought...why not??! And when I arrived I was amazed by it! I was a little daunted by all the unclear information I saw online. Only once I got there did I see how easy it was to get to and from the island(s). I flew to SIhanoukville from Siem Riep, and took a shuttle bus from the airport into town. I loved the cute main street near Serendipity beach...lots of good food, even a yummy vegan place! I was surprised to see so many families...I feel like this is one of those places waiting to blow up and be the next big tourist thing, and I can see why. Smooth white sand, and crystal clear water!
From the town I booked a speed ferry to Koh Rong Samloem, the less populated island, and would head there the next day. I spent some time on the mainland and Serendipity beach but was annoyed by people hustling me to by beaded bracelets or even ladies offering pedicures(um, no thanks). That part seemed like a tourist trap. At night along the beach there are lots of bars and dancing and I had a really fun time doing that on the 4th of July.
The next day I went to Koh Rong Samloem. The ferry was a little confusing because I got there early and almost boarded the wrong one for Koh Rong but there was people speaking English to guide you so I did eventually get where I was supposed to. The ferry ride was about an hour, and I was surprised how full the boat was for Koh Rong versus the one I got on for Koh Rong Samloem which was not very full, maybe 10 people or so! The ride was peaceful and when I arrived I just felt an overwhelming sense of happiness and it looked exactly like the pictures I had seen online that made me add this as a MUST to my trip itinirary. I'm so glad I chose this island because as I got in on the early ferry, it felt like I had the island to myself for the whole day. The beaches felt like a secluded private island, gotta love the perks of traveling in off season! I spent hours wading in the water, taking photos, even just laying in the hammocks on the beach. In hindsight I would've liked more time to actually spend a night on the island, the bungalows all looked really cozy and affordable.
I think this place would be ideal for adventurous honeymooners, backpackers(obviously) and I guess even families, as I saw so many of them. Easily affordable for this slice of paradise!