Posted by: James Shannon | October 18, 2012

Curtain Call: Last Day In Cambodian Beach Heaven

View of Four Mile Beach from the approach trail leading there from the home beach of Monkey Island Resort on the island of Koh Rong. I had one more day on this veritable paradise before casting off my anchor for the mainland…

With time running out on an island that can only be properly described as the location of Heaven on this Earth, I decided to spend an entire afternoon on a low effort, high reward strip of sand … the massive, gorgeous, yet delightfully empty Four Mile Beach. Last time we went, the tide was out. On this day, the sea was in, granting an entirely different but no less mind-blowing experience…

Strolling down the slightly narrower beach, detouring occasionally through toasty warm water, we spot a sign of human activity in this otherwise lonely place…

Indeed, a Khmer fishing boat trawls the waters just offshore for groundfish and shellfish alike.

The shade of palms and tropical pine trees cast their sillouette across the picture perfect waters of the Gulf of Thailand at Four Mile Beach on Koh Rong.

Brownish beach rock clashes with the white sand and turquoise waters at Four Mile Beach on Koh Rong.

A lagoon sits about 1/3 of the way down Four Mile Beach … I didn’t go swimming in it, but I can imagine that it is even warmer than the ocean!

Looking out towards the ocean from the lagoon’s outflow river … you can clearly see the terraced sand on the beach, carved out by the gentle, continual flow of the river, and the twice daily ebb and flow of the ocean tides.

As you can see, my feet were quite happy in the silky warm water of the lagoon’s river … it made for the perfect zen-like setting for meditation on life and how it is lived. The takeaway: waiting for your 60’s to swing around to experience this (at least without the looming return flight hanging over your head like a guillotine) … sucks. Dare to dream and do stuff like this. Save a little $$$, buy a one-way ticket, and just go. Worried about the $$$ running out? Some resorts on Koh Rong have room and board positions that allow you to stay here … for free. Don’t bother waking up. This isn’t a dream. ๐Ÿ™‚

Next time, we return to Phnom Penh … the mission? To discover the city for what it is now, and NOT mistake it for its tragic, war-filled past. Get ready to see a face of PP that you’ve never seen before!



  1. Great commentary, James! I always enjoy your descriptions and pictures.

    • Thanks Mom, you can’t see it via the internet, but I’m blushing! ๐Ÿ˜›

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