There will come a time when all the bad news of this world, all the sadness, and all the pain will become too much.
The routine of everyday life will either overwhelm you or bore you or both.
The unanswered emails, unreturned phone calls, dirty laundry, and things on the to-do list will pile up, so that it becomes unfathomable that you will ever get through them all.
You may have forgotten who you are in the midst of it. You start to think that this is your life. The “doer” becomes your identity.
The smallest things set you off, stress you out. You’ve forgotten how to be grateful. You don’t remember the last time you laughed so hard that you cried. In fact, you can’t even remember the last time you smiled.
You need a reset on life. You need to remember. You need that far-reaching sigh that comes from the deepness within you that reminds you to let go.
Maybe, you need to get away. You need to get away to the most relaxing place on earth.
Koh Rong Samloem. A place so gentle that the ocean doesn’t even have waves. As you glide across her silky warm waters, her aquamarine kisses hold you tight.
You will finally discover the place that exists between Point A and Point B.
Koh Rong Samloem. There is no internet to distract you. No electricity’s humming to get in the way of your thoughts. Instead, the secrets of the world will be brought to you on dragonfly’s wings.
The monkeys will beckon you from the jungle reminding you to laugh. Children will splash in her ocean showing you how to play. Adults will join in their games. She reminds you of how to be a child again.
Koh Rong Samloem.You will look at every color in a new and different way. You will follow the example of her calmness and come to know what true stillness is. You will eat freshly caught fish when you’re hungry, sip on coconuts when you’re thirsty, and climb into hammocks when you are tired.
Koh Rong Samloem. So little happens that finally even your mind stops having thoughts. You just are. Like the whole world just is. You will come to see how a day filled with nothing can be so full of possibility.
Koh Rong Samloem.You will no longer care what time of day it is, only that the sun is casting beautiful light onto the water, and you would be missing an entire world to look away.
How To Get There: Koh Rong Samloem is an island off the southern coast of Cambodia. Boats leave from Sinaoukvile to Koh Rong Samloem 4 times daily.
Where To Stay: I stayed at Saracen Bay Resort. This resort appeared to me to have the best bungalows on the island. Airy and full of light with a stunning view. I loved watching the sunrise each morning from my bed.
The bungalow comes with your own sun loungers for lying in the sun and comfortable furniture on the patio for just watching the world go by. There is electricity from 5:30 pm until 6:30am. There is no wi-fi on the entire island.
Where To Eat: Most hotels also have a restaurant. I do recommend taking an antibiotic such as Cipro with you to the island, as hygiene standards are poor, and I did get sick while on the island. Saracen Bay Resort’s food was good, but they had a very limited menu. My favorite restaurant was the Orchid Resort’s. They were the only restaurant on the Saracen Bay side that served real coffee and not Folger’s instant. They also served a delicious fruit and yogurt bowl for breakfast. However, they provided neither toilet paper or soap in their restrooms which caused me to question their hygiene.
I also ate at The Beach Resort a few times, but they weren’t serving their wood-fired pizza or their BBQ due to down season. I also found the service there to be quite lacking which is unusual for Cambodia. Enjoy the peace that is Koh Rong Samloem!