2018년 5월 3일 목요일

7 of Cambodia's best islands

1. Best island for partying: Koh Rong

Not too long ago Koh Rong's only tourist amenities were a handful of bungalows besides miles of dense jungle and gorgeous white sand beaches.
It's still possible to find solitude on some of the more remote parts of the island, but in the last few years dozens of cheap accommodations have been built and the place has become a backpacker Shangri-La.

2. Best island for relaxing: Koh Rong Sanloem

Koh Rong Sanloem is Koh Rong's slightly more chilled-out sister island. On Saracen Bay, a heart-shaped inlet with calm turquoise surf and beautiful white sand beaches, there are more than a dozen resorts that run the gamut from simple wooden bungalows to luxury air-conditioned villas.
On the other side of the island, Sunset Beach is aptly named for the colorful displays over the water as the sun sinks below the horizon. In a small fishing village called M'phey Bei there are myriad inexpensive accommodation options and a laid-back, backpacker vibe.

3. Best island for luxury: Song Saa

The nickname of these two small private islands means "sweethearts" in Khmer. Fitting, as you'd have to be pretty sweet on someone to take them there, with villa prices at the Song Saa Resort running as high as $3,000 per night.
The 24-villa resort, just off the coast of Koh Rong, offers Cambodia's most exclusive island experience, starting with the bottle of Champagne awaiting you at check-in.
If you choose their all-inclusive package, the Champagne's included and so is just about everything else, from the transfers from shore and the gourmet meals made from locally sourced foods to the well-stocked minibar and free international calls from your villa.

4. Best island for nature-watching: Koh Thmei

Located inside Ream National Park, Koh Thmei is home to monkeys, civets, lizards, more than 100 different species of birds and several threatened species, including the fishing cat, a wetland feline than makes its home near streams and mangrove forests.
The island has only one place to stay, Koh Thmei Resort, and the term "resort" is used loosely: It's little more than seven simple wooden bungalows, but it's eco-friendly and solar powered.

5. Best island for sleeping in a hammock: Koh Ta Kiev

Koh Ta Kiev is home to just a few rustic eco-resorts and not much else, but what it lacks in amenities it more than makes up for in charm.
Days on the island are filled with beachcombing, jungle walks and snorkeling. Although there are generators on the island, once the sun goes down Koh Ta Kiev goes almost completely dark and it's possible to see bioluminescent plankton lighting up the water. Although free-camping is not allowed on the island, several of the resorts have tents, or will rent hammocks to those who would prefer to fall asleep under the stars.

6. Best island for diving: Koh Tang

Located about five hours from the mainland, Koh Tang was the site of a 1975 clash between US forces and the Khmer Rouge, the last official battle of the Vietnam War.
It's now uninhabited save for a small outpost of Cambodian military personnel, resulting in clear coastal waters with excellent visibility and undisturbed marine life, making it and nearby Koh Prins the perfect islands for diving.

7. Best island for unplugging: Koh Totang

Koh Totang is the island of choice for those who want to totally disconnect from their regular life and do some serious beachcombing.
The stunning island has just one place to stay, Nomads Land, which has only five bungalows. Visitors will be forced to take a much-needed break from email because there's no Internet on Koh Totang. But since the bungalows are solar powered they don't have any noisy generators either.
Showers use saved rainwater, produce is grown in the permaculture garden and there's not much on the agenda other than lying in a hammock, enjoying the view and banishing all thought of life at home.

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