On a cold, rainy winter day, how many times do you fantasize about quitting your job and escaping to a tropical island? Two Brits did it for real a few years ago. They left cold and foggy London, went to Sihanoukville, Cambodia, in search of business opportunities and ended up opening a small tropical resort called Lazy Beach on the semi-deserted island of Koh Rong Samloem.
Lazy Beach,with its white sand, its crystal-clear water, its bungalows, and its open air restaurant, is the closest thing to my idea of Paradise and I’m grateful that I’ve visited it. If it wasn’t for Antonio, a long time friend who now works in Cambodia with an NGO, probably I would’ve never known about this place.
As we approached the beach on this converted fishing boat that picked us in Sihanoukville, I thought into myself “This just can’t be the 27th of December!” – I also spared a thought for all my friends in Dublin, which were dealing with extremely cold temperatures and the snow.
So what do you do all day in a place called Lazy Beach? The range of options is in line with the name of the place. You can go snorkeling, you can swim, get some tan, read or sleep in your hammock, sample delicious Khmer food at the restaurant (and yes, the chefs are all locals), enjoy a cold beer, play ping pong, chat with other travellers, walk in the jungle and explore the island… or if you’re like me, you can take some sunset pictures in the evening, with your ultra wide lens and a couple of filters for more dramatic effects
In the next few weeks, when we leave Vietnam, I’ll post more pictures on our facebook page. So keep in touch!