My visit at ‘Freedom Island Bungelow’ on Koh Rong Samloem, Cambodia

When I was in Cambodia I wanted to go to the beach and relax for a couple of days! I had traveled for over a month allready and hadn’t seen the sea or a beach yet.
I did a part of Vietnam, Hanoi to Hue, and then Laos and went down to Cambodia. So I was so ready for some relaxing at the beach.

Sihanoukville – Cambodia

Before I left someone had given me a card of a very nice hotel I should visit once I was in Sihanoukville. So I went there,hotel New Seaview Villa, and booked a room. I could rent that room for only one day.

It was a big room and the hotel had a very nice restaurant as well.
It was located at the road which led to the beach so it was busy and while I was eating, there was a lot to see walking to and from the beach. After lunch I wanted to the Serendepity beach relax at the beach.
Dressed in bikini and with my towel and a book I walked to the beach. Once I got there I saw rows and rows of chairs and beds where I could lie down. Between those beds were just enough room to walk buy.

The beach wasn’t clean. It was mass-tourism….. Hmm…that was not what I had expected.

Seredipity Beach – Sihanoukville

I lay down and every 5 minutes there was somebody standing at my chair to hand me a flyer. Most of them about happy hours, drinking time at what bar and some were about trips to dive do watersports or trips to drink at a couple islands of cambodia and party on the boat in between.

I didn’t like it at all. Most of the tourist were young and were there to have a party and drink lots of alcohol. Well, I’m not that kind of girl….woman….:)

Booking a Bungelow at Koh Rong Samloem

So, because I couldn’t book more than 1 night at New Seaview Villa but more so because of the beach I wanted to leave. I was thinking about going to Vietnam and go to an island but when I was looking in flyers I saw trips to the islands Koh Rong, Koh Dek, Koh Kaong and Koh Rong Samloem. I could do that too. The first agency I went to was booked for a couple of nights, that one went to Koh Rong. The next one had a bungelow on the island of Koh Rong Samloem and had one free for me! I booked!!
Unfortunately just for 1 night, if I knew upfront how much I liked it on the island I would’ve booked for 2 or 3 nights.


Going to the Island of Koh Rong Samloem

I went with a boat, with a couple from Germany and a couple from Denmark and from some other countries in Europe.. The trip lasted a couple of hours on the boat. First we went to Koh Rong and another Island, after that our Island, Koh Rong Samloem.

My bungelow at Freedom Island Bungelow

My bungalow on the beach of Koh Rong Samloem

I really love the bungelow at Freedom Island Bungelow. The beach on my side of the island wasn’t that clean but my view and balcony on my bungelow was great! The stream in the ocean was at my side of the island and came directly from Cambodia…so all the dirt what was thrown in the sea came at shore here.
I went walking to the bay next to ours, there was a short jungle path which was hardened. The path wasn’t ready yet so after 150 meters I walked a small path in the jungle. It was a nice walk. The bungelows in the other bay weren’t half as pretty as ours. The beach was better so I took a dive there and walked for a couple of km’s.

In our bay was a restaurant, the owner was a German guy, Stefan. He had welcomed us and gave us the key for the bungelows. I wasn’t prepared enough because I should have taken water with me, and something to eat and what so ever. There was no shop on the island. You could buy cans of sprite/coke and some other small items at the restaurant. There were 8 bungelows in our bay, 4 on each side of the restaurant. There was also a swimmingpool but it was more a pond than a pool. I didn’t swim there. I did see some people swim there, more for cooling down I quess..

The evenings at Koh Rong Samloem


The German owner told me that evening at dinner that from that other bay you could go onto a path that went straight over the island and get to a beach which was real clean. It was a hike over the island that would take me 45 minutes. I desided to go there early morning because I would leave that next day in the afternoon.

That evening I was reading on my balcony, looked over the ocean and enjoyed my time there very much. Around 23.00 hours the electricity was turned off and I went to bed. It was warm but I slept well,hearing the waves is really nice! My bungelow was almost 10 meters off the shore.

That next morning I had breakfast at the restaurant and took an extra bread for the afternoon or maybe for half way the morning, bought a can of sprite and started walking to the other side.

The jungle path over the island

A Walk on the Island of Koh Rong Samloem

After a while, on the other bay I saw a path which went straight into the forest. This must be the path so I started walking into that forest. The path went slowly up the island. It was really all the way in to the forest so unfortunately I didn’t get a nice view over the ocean and maybe to Cambodia. But I did like the walk a lot. On top of the island was a meadow, there was a shed but no house or any living creature to be found. I hadn’t seen another person for the whole walk which was allready taken me an half an hour. I walked on. And after some 15 minutes I saw some little houses and after that I saw the great lightblue sea!!!

White beach and clean, great!!!

Koh Rong Samloem – Cambodia

I was early so I had the beach and the sea to myself!! I really enjoyed it. Lay down to sunbath, went swimming in that clean, see till your toes seawater. Walked over the beach and looked for seashells….still a hobby of mine 🙂 After a while there were other people coming, from the other side of the island and from the bungelows at this beach.

Beach on the other side

Having this great beach all to myself!

It was great walking on that beach. When I wanted to go for a swim I saw a snake swimming there!! Aaah.. It was great to see….but so far for me going swimming in there 🙂 Probably you will not see that… I was lucky…or onlucky…how you want to see it 🙂 It was really getting warm after a while so I went walking back to my side of the island. Use the nice shower in my bungelow and enjoy my balcony for the last time.

Going back already of the island of Koh Rong Samloem

The help from the restaurant came to me early that afternoon to help me with my backpack. I had to get the boat from the other bay. I was the only one to leave allready from Freedom. The other people ofcourse stayed for a couple of days or longer. I wish I stayed longer too!!

So we walked that jungle path to the other bay and there was the boat off shore. We had to walk to the boat because there was no pier at this bay.
We went in the water kneedeep so my backpack was still dry once I was on the boat. The relaxed way back to Cambodia started. It was a nice boat, relaxed people and quiet. They had a day tour from island to island and had been swimming and drinking 🙂 that’s why they were that quiet I quess. Most of them were burned from of the sun and looked tired.

Getting on the boat
  I had a super day at the island of Koh Rong Samloem.
Wished I had taken an extra day or two there!!!

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