Koh Rong Cambodia
It was not long ago when the Island of Koh Rong was just another jungle in Southeast Asia with a few huts and villages. Today, Koh Rong has turned into a backpacker’s paradise, specifically the Koh Tuch Beach Strip. Koh Rong boasts some of the most beautiful, untouched white-sand beaches in all of Southeast Asia. Being one of the largest Islands in Cambodia, it is still surprisingly undeveloped, and has yet to be overrun with large hotel chains, which is a good thing as it preserves the natural beauty and local villages of the island.
Diving really wasn’t on my mind until a couple years ago when Chandler and another friend were talking about how they were PADI Open Water certified, and since we are a competitive group of friends I started looking into diving and how to get the open water certification. After reading some stories and watching a few YouTube videos on diving I was instantly hooked, nothing was more interesting to me than the alien world that lies below our feet whenever we’re in the water. With your open water certification you are certified to dive down to 18 meters or 60ft….
Upon stepping out of the airport at Phnom Penh, the first question we were asked is “Do you need a tuk tuk?” We said “of course” and as we are walking to the tuk tuk the same guy asks us “You want shoot RPG!?”. “Ummmm, hell yes!” One of Phnom Penh’s biggest attractions is the firing range. A person can legally shoot all kinds of weapons up to and including RPGs, heavy machine guns, and grenade launchers.
Getting to the Mountain… Not as Easy as it Looks
My alarm woke me up at 0400. It was time to stumble out of bed after 2 hours of sleep. The taxi will arrive at 0430 to take us as close as he can to Phnom Aural. There’s no coffee today…
During our time in Phnom Penh we visited the famed Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocide also known as S-21, and the Choeung Ek Genocide Center also known as the Killing Fields. Before I can explain these two tragic locations, I think you need some context on the history that led to their existence.