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Tropical Paradise

Looking at all Asian countries, Cambodia seems to have plenty to offer. You might even describe it as a a tropical paradise! It’s a fascinating country, and with the right guide, you can learn quite a lot along the way during your visit.

Temples in Angor Wat

Angkor Wat trees. Reused under a CC License from Pixabay. Photographer: Baluda

Angkor Wat trees. Reused under a CC License from Pixabay. Photographer: Baluda

All the temples in Cambodia, especially Angkor Wat, will mesmerize you with their charm. The fact that most of them aren’t restored makes them unique, and you can see how nature is fighting to take everything back. Trees growing on towers and bushes thriving in the old courtyards make you feel like you are in a fairytale. At least that was my experience.

Angor, Cambodia. Reused under a CC license on Pixabay. Photographer: Poswiecie

Angor, Cambodia. Reused under a CC license on Pixabay. Photographer: Poswiecie

Siem Reap to Koh Rong, Cambodia

Siem Reap in Cambodia. Reused under a CC license on Pixabay. Photographer: Graham H.

Siem Reap in Cambodia. Reused under a CC license on Pixabay. Photographer: Graham H.

I travel quite a lot, which makes finding a paradise-like destination an often-occurring event. However, from time to time, I come across a location that gives me a powerful sense of serenity, which automatically puts a particular place on my list of heavens. The same happened with Koh Rong. I went straight south from Siem Reap, in the Gulf of Thailand, and I found this place that took my breath away.

Just like any tourist, I enjoyed a couple of days on the beach. The sand is so white, and the water is so blue that you think they are taken out of a magazine.

Koh Rong beach in Cambodia. Reused under a CC license on Pixabay. Photographer: Konkee

Koh Rong beach in Cambodia. Reused under a CC license on Pixabay. Photographer: Konkee

You know those travel magazines in which they show you a tropical paradise and whatnot? When you get to Koh Rong, you think that someone copied that picture from the magazine and pasted it in front of your eyes. It is that beautiful. I saw plenty of places like that so you would think that I am hard to impress, but Koh Rong proved me wrong.

Activities on Koh Rong, Cambodia

Koh Rong, Cambodia, by christian.vielma. Reused under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Koh Rong, Cambodia, by christian.vielma. Reused under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

I tried everything there was to try. I went snorkeling, diving, I took a boat ride into the great blue abyss. At the same time, I had a nasty encounter with sand flies. I did not know I needed to protect myself from that, so make sure that you do if you ever find yourself on a Koh Rong beach. However, it was not enough to ruin my experience. As a frequent traveler, I got used to the cons and do not let them bother me anymore. It’s the right thing to do.

Koh Rong Dive Park, Cambodia. Reused under a CC BY 2.0 license. Photographer: Aaron Bradford.

Koh Rong Dive Park, Cambodia. Reused under a CC BY 2.0 license. Photographer: Aaron Bradford.

Koh Rong has a big surprise for you as well. You cannot even begin to imagine. If you are lucky, just as I was, you get to see bioluminescent plankton. Again, it looks as if someone made that up with CGI. It is a perfect baby blue, and you get to see it mostly on the shore, but I guarantee you have never seen anything like it. You can experience it in the Maldives, and in other places, but the fact that I got to see it in Koh Rong made my trip so much better.

Forests on Koh Rong

Treehouse in a forest on Koh Rong. Reused under a CC by 2.0 license. Photographer: Aaron Bradford.

Treehouse in a forest on Koh Rong. Reused under a CC by 2.0 license. Photographer: Aaron Bradford.

Other than the beach, the island has pristine forests. As any tourist would do, I went to High Point Adventure Park. The zip line was the highlight of my day, and I had a lot of fun. And to give you a tip, please wear sneakers or running shoes. Also, if you have sweaty hands like I do, some gloves would make you enjoy the experience better. I actually had to borrow a pair, but keep that in mind.

Fishing village and pier - Koh Rong, Cambodia. Reused under a CC by 2.0 license. Photographer: Aaron Bradford.

Fishing village and pier – Koh Rong, Cambodia. Reused under a CC by 2.0 license. Photographer: Aaron Bradford.

So yeah, Koh Rong is a paradise. I am not going to tell you more about it because I think that would ruin it for you. Some mystery is advised on every trip. But remember this: when you think you have seen it all and you are difficult to impress, here comes Koh Rong to prove you wrong. Trust me.

Travel Tips

Quick tip: I was eligible for a Cambodia evisa, which is an electronic visa I got online. I applied on the website, and it arrived in four days. I even got my passport photos online, so the significant preparations were made over the internet. Maybe you can do that as well. It really makes your planning process more comfortable.

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