Lazy Beach, Day Trip to Koh Rong Samloem
Lazy beach is hidden on the quiet side of Koh Rong Samloem is a virtually an untouched slice of paradise.
Lazy Beach, Cambodia, is one of the last pristine and secluded stretches of coastline left in the kingdom, and the perfect destination if you’re looking for a slice of paradise with a dash of adventure.
If you’re planning to enjoy the best islands in Cambodia, you’re bound to head over to Koh Rong Samloem, and the Your Cambodia team highly recommends a trek across the island to this idyllic setting. Here’s how we planned the perfect day trip to Lazy Beach, and what we discovered during our adventure.
As we weren’t planning to stay on the island but just head over for the day, we took the fast boat over to Koh Rong Samloem from the pier on Occheuteal Beach. This route will get you there in the fastest possible time. Tickets cost $15 return per person at the time of publishing and can be purchased from outlets in the town centre or from the pier itself.
There is an excellent café next to the pier, which serves reasonably priced food and drink, and is the perfect place to stay out of the sun or rain depending on which time of year you decide to head over to the islands. Thankfully the journey time is less than 45 minutes and these fast boats glide effortlessly across even the choppiest of waters, so for those of you who are prone to sea sickness, fear not as there couldn’t be a smoother ride.
When you arrive at the Koh Rong Samloem pier, head to the right and you have a good 15–20 minute walk along the main beach, past all the various bungalows and beach bars. Sure, the main beach has its charms but the real hidden gem on the island is on the other side. Eventually you’ll come to a sign post at one of the beach bars that indicates the entrance to the jungle trail. The trail is relatively easy to navigate and takes around 20 minutes.
For the nature lovers out there, you can see hornbills, and there are numerous signs warning you against feeding the monkeys. The island is well known for its biodiversity.
Once you’ve reached Lazy Beach it’s exactly what our video details: the waves come crashing along the shore of a long white sandy beach with no deck chairs, no structures built along the shore line and no pounding music to be heard – just the deep blue colour of the ocean, which matches the sky and beautifully compliments the deep green of the jungle covered hillsides that flank each end.
One thing to remember is that there are strong currents and rip tides in this area so don’t venture too far out into the ocean.
Lazy Beach has one guest house with some bungalows, should you wish to stay the night there, and they have a very good restaurant. Gemma and the staff made us feel very welcome and everybody seemed to have a smile on their face, and why wouldn’t you? It’s the kind of place where you have no desire to check your phone or report to the boss (if you have one), and the only concern you have is making it back through the jungle pathway to reach your fast boat back to the mainland, unless of course you’re fortunate enough to stay a few nights in paradise.
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For more information on Kohn Rong Samleom check out The Wonderful Wildlife of Samloem