So today was the day we went to Koh Rong Samloem to find our first beach! We boarded a boat with 3 Cambodian men who took us to the island. As we were the only passengers the boat was rocking everywhere. The trip took about 2 1/2 hours and man did I feel sea sick! We arrived at "The Lazy Beach Resort" and stayed in one of the newest bungalows - bungalow number 18 which was only 5 months old. The resort was beautiful. We also had geckos living in our bungalow on the beach which added to the experience.
In the evening we went out for dinner and made friends with 2 of the bar staff (Ty & Dee) and agreed to go with them the following night to a full moon party on the other side of the Island. By the time we left the bar it was pitch black and we had no torch. We decided to walk along a path rather then the beach to avoid the crabs, however looking back maybe we should have risked the beach route (beetroot)....
So we are walking back following this path, unable to see each other due to the darkness. After about 5 minutes we have a little bit of light from bungalows 5-7, but it's still very dark. Hannah then let's out this almighty scream as we come face to face with 2 yellow eyes. The scream scares yellow eyes and Hannah starts running, being face to face with yellow eyes I realise that it was a massive water buffalo and grab hold of Hannah as it grunts and looks like it is going to charge. When I say massive I mean massive, twice the size of a cow. We ended up getting back to the bungalow safe and sound and decided to risk the crabs and buy a torch for future (beach) walks home!
We spent the day at "Lazy Beach" - lazing on the beach! The water was clear and the sand was golden! What more could we want. In the evening we were given shots of Jäger and Gin by Ty, had many beers and then walked 20 minutes through the jungle to the other side of the island for the full moon party - with a torch!
The full moon party was great, they had a skipping rope on fire which people were jumping through and had people performing tricks, juggling and baton twirling. We drank and danced with the builders and staff who worked at our resort, despite them not being able to speak a word of English. I ended up stumbling back through the jungle with one of the Cambodian builders, holding each other up and both talking slurred languages with a beer! While Hannah walked back with the chef who could speak a bit of English. It was a surreal experience and an amazing night!
I also managed to break my second pair of flip flops and had to walk back through ant and termite nests bare footed. The first pair broke whilst tubing and both times I have returned home flip flop less.
So Hannah ended up throwing up last night and as the power cuts out at night I had to stand in the bathroom with her shining a torch so that she could see where she was going! We both felt rough in the morning but after breakfast decided to do some snorkelling. We are so glad we did, the water was so clear and we saw 100's of fish! We had a chilled evening and tried to extend our stay further but unfortunately were only able to extend it by one night due to availability.
Our final day on the Island consisted of snorkelling and then playing Cluedo and Uno in the evening as it decided to rain. Hannah beat me at Cluedo (damn that Professor Plum) however I came back by winning Uno. We had a chilled evening as it was raining hard and we had the depressing journey away from paradise the following day.