While we were in Sihanoukville, we went to Koh Russei Island just for a day trip. It is a small island also known as Bamboo Island or Koh Ru Island.
From Ochheuteal Beach Resort, we took a private boat and it took us about an hour to go to the island. The part of the island where we were dropped by the boat was untidy, but the beach on the other side of the island was clean, tranquil, with white sand and clear turquoise water. From the landing area, we trekked for 15 minutes through the jungle and we reached the other side of the island, which was beautiful.
While most tourists enjoyed swimming, snorkeling and hanging out and meeting people at the restaurant, we spent our day lazying, sunbathing, reading a book while drinking a beer, and just simply enjoying the beautiful nature while we were in the island. I liked the environment there and there was plenty of space to be alone and have privacy. I hope that this natural beauty will remain protected.
There are available budget beach bungalows, dorm beds, hammocks, mosquito nets, sleeping bags and mats for rent on the beach if you wish to spend a couple of days on the island.
I would say that it’s worth the cheap journey just to get away from the crowded beaches elsewhere even if it’s just for a day. So, if you’re looking for just a short escape for a few days to relax, read some books and meet some new people, this is the perfect place for you.
Little Lilly Travel Tip:
- Bring mosquito repellents especially if you wish to stay there overnight or for a few days.
- Bring loads of sunscreen.
- Bring enough cash as there’s no ATM machine in the island.