Welcome to Koh Rong Samloem, Cambodia
Koh Rong Samloem, like Zdiar, is another location that I happened on very much by chance. I got on a boat heading to the larger island of Koh Rong. When it docked, I did not find anywhere to stay that appealed to me and asked to re-board the boat to its next stop which happened to be the east side of KRS. What I found was an undeveloped island with a small village called M'Pai Bei and a handful of bungalows from which to choose. I much preferred it to the hectic Koh Rong and decided to stay a night.
There is food available at most of the bungalows as well as a Turkish restaurant on the pier. The food is not quite as good as in Turkey and a little pricy for Khmer standards but it wasn't bad.
I stayed at Chill Inn and paid $10 for a private bungalow-type room. However, all of the accommodation options similar and right next to each other so I suggest walking to each one and seeing where you can get the best price.
- This side of the island (M'Pai Bay) is very undeveloped. Picture stepping over/through litter on your walk to the beach and witnessing a local woman throw a bag of garbage off the dock and into the ocean.
- To leave the island, there are two boats per day. One is the supply boat at 9:30am which is sure to come every day. The other is a boat at 4:00pm that only sails if there is enough demand. Meaning, if you for sure want to leave the island on a particular day, you need to be out at 9:30am.