Photographer's Note

‘Koh Rong Sanloem - Clear Water Bay’

For Luciano
who let us know he has never watched an Indiana Jones movie … but we know he loves tropical white sand beaches very much.

These pictures were taken on the island of Koh Rong Sanloem, which lies in the Gulf of Thailand off the coast of Sihanoukville.
Sometimes it’s also called Kaoh Rong Sanloem or Koh Rong Samloem.

To my surprise I did not find any other pictures of this island on TE. Nor from the nearby island called Koh Rong.
Other photos of both islands were possibly placed incorrectly on TE. But a search reveals that they both really do fall under Sihanoukville’s administration (Preah Seihanu).
From the harbour of Sihanoukville (one of the ugliest cities in the world in my opinion) several boats sail daily to both islands that have become a popular destination for individual travellers.
I noticed that especially young Israelis discovered Koh Rong Sanloem.

Before taking the boat, you better check first which places on the islands offer affordable accommodation.
That certainly exists, but not everywhere. The boats moor in two or three places, but some of those 'villages' only have more expensive 'resorts' to stay in. No idea how much comfort those resorts offer. But the prices did not seem Cambodian.

Although Koh Rong Sanloem is quite small (9 km at 4 km) it’s not very easy to move overland from one place to another. Especially not when you have to carry your luggage. There are no cars on the island.
The trips go through the tropical forest where the paths are not immediately easy to walk, if you can find them at all.
Motorboat trips are also offered that sail around the island and dock at the desired pier for you.

The simplest thing is to first find and book an affordable overnight stay and then your boat ticket to the nearest pier.
And with just a daypack you can get through the tropical forest more easily.

The photos here were taken in Clear Water Bay, a place with beautiful white beaches, almost deserted. There is a pier. But the boat coming from Sihanoukville does not moor here.
The few tourists you will see on these beaches have taken the boat to M-Pai Bay where there is a lot of budget accommodation (more precisely, only budget accommodation). There are also simple restaurants and looong beaches.
A hike of 2 to 3 km along the coast and through the forest takes you from M-Pai Bay to Clear Water Bay.

I found M-Pai Bay to be quiet and pleasant to stay. But of course you want to take a look further on the island.
I rarely visit places like this during my travels. But after 100 days of travelling through Nepal, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia, I needed a more relaxed time.
M-Pai Bay and Clear Water Bay were just about the most relaxing you can imagine (especially after the hectic ambience of many places on the Cambodian mainland).

Photo Information
  • Copyright: Paul VDV (PaulVDV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5914 W: 22 N: 14207] (56611)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2020-02-13
  • Exposure: 1/21 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2021-03-28 11:47
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