There’s something majestic about island life.
People can ‘find’ themselves away from the hustle and bustle of everyday tasks; and, more importantly, enjoy their most finite resource – time.
Koh Rong Samloem is a little island off the coast of Sihanoukville, Cambodia. It’s approximately 9km long and 4km wide; and, essentially, uninhabited – only 200 fishermen live on the island.
For many, Koh Rong Samloem would seem like a rather ‘boring’ place; but only because they don’t understand its true beauty.
You see, Koh Rong Samloem is surrounded by beautiful white sand beaches, blessed by a diverse range of animals (from gibbons to sea horses), and home to a raw society.
For those that live on the island, life is basic but happy. There’s no real drama. Or jealousy. Or any of that negativity so prevalent in today’s modern societies. Instead, there’s smiles, freedom, and lots and lots of terrible karaoke – PSY’s Gangnam Style in twelve different arrangements.
I spent three months on Koh Rong Samloem and I can honestly say they were some of the most profound days of my life. Whilst I met a lot of interesting people and witnessed nature at its finest, the most amazing thing was being able to learn who I was again. Something I’ll always be grateful for.
You don’t go to Koh Rong Samloem to party. Rather, you go there to enjoy life for what it is – something we should all do once in a while.