Happiness in the heart of the Mekong
Lying candidly in the middle of the mighty Mekong is Koh Trong, ‘The Kings Island’. It’s here a Cambodia that remains relatively untouched by the modern world still exists. This picturesque yet somewhat bygone island may not have mod cons, or even reliable electricity or internet round every corner, but it is a true insight into what was once Cambodian life, and their happiness is infectious.
With no cars, only tuk tuks, donkey carts and trusty mopeds, this unique, 12km surround island “where the king once lost his ring”, is nothing short of a small paradise.
Whether you come for the day or to enjoy a stay on the island, Koh Trong has plenty to see and do.
From Kratie’s Jasmine boat cafe, there’s an hourly boat ferrying people, bikes, luggage and the odd chicken across in less than 10 minutes. Friendly locals greet you offering transportation for as little as $1. Take a tour around the island, make yourself at home at one of the many home-stays or if you plan to immerse yourself in traditional Khmer style wooden houses, stay at Rajabori Villas where you’ll experience ‘a deep immersion into an unspoilt part of old Cambodia.’ Best for travellers fond of nature and discovery. Highly recommended.
The protected environment of Koh Trong is thriving with local fisherman, agricultural workers and farmers. Kids playing and cows plowing the extensive network of rice fields are a common sight.
One thing is for sure, stay until sun goes down. Watching the sun set over the Mekong is not to be missed.
THINGS TO SEE AND DO
Watch daily life at the floating village
Meander through the rice fields
Take part in daily 5 pm volleyball match
Chat with locals
Visit the Buddhist Temple
Stay at Rajabori Villas