Asia is well known for it’s unique cultures and friendly people, however this can often be hard to find through a typical sightseeing journey. Many capital cities and tourism hotspots have been developed mainly for travellers and a truly unique experience with local people can be hard to find. Prek Svay fishing village provided one of these culturally unique opportunities to interact with local Cambodian people untouched from the industry of tourism and with no expectations on your interaction with them.
Located on north of Koh Rong island this local fishing village is not easily accessible from most of the island, however it’s only a short walk from Palm Beach Bungalows. Depending on the tides the walk can be made along the beach in low tide or along a sand road through jungle (See map below).
The tide was too high for us to walk along the beach so we began the journey taking the longer sand road path. It was a warm day and sand is not the easiest to walk on so we don’t recommend starting at 11am! Early morning or late afternoon would be the best if the tides allow.
It is easy to get exhausted in these conditions and after 10 minutes of walking we were both keen to relax, but with no opportunities to sit down we kept going. 20 minutes passed and with many different paths to follow we started to worry about our positioning and if maybe we were lost!
However we continued walking and soon a motorbike with two young locals passed us. We assumed that following the trail of the bike would safely bring us to the village. Another 10 minutes of walking passed and we could finally see a large building in the distance. We had been told that this should be the local school and luckily it was!
After walking further into the village we sat down at a table and saw some young monks curiously looking at us from a building in the distance. We waived at them and immediately they came over to see what we were doing. We quickly noticed that spoken communication was difficult so we shared some high fives and showed them how our camera worked.
Our next priority was to find somewhere in the village to buy some water as we had finished the bottles we brought with us. It was a nice change to be walking through an area and not have the constant requests to eat and drink in the street venues, however at this point we were very keen to speak with someone.
We found a store with some english items written on a sign at the front and we immediately purchased some water and a coconut.
While drinking the coconut a lovely lady came over and showed us some cashews saying “$1 dollar”. Also feeling a little bit hungry we purchased a packet and the lady proceeded to show us how she made them. First picking them from the tree, the pan roasting them and peeling the cooked nut from it’s shell. After we had finished our coconut she then offered to chop it in half and seperate it’s flesh so it could be eaten.
After finishing what can only be called a meal for what the size of the coconut was, we continued to exchange english words for Cambodian with a few of the locals who had arrived to say hello. We were then directed to the the main housing area located on the river which is where most of the village reside. A beautiful river with houses on each side made for one of the truly impressive photo opportunities.
Just when we thought our journey was over, we stumbled across a cute little puppy and managed to work our way into a pool game. Topping off what had been an amazing day.
Now that the tide has dropped we could make the much more enjoyable walk back with a swim stop every 50 meters.
Find out more about our 3 night experience at Koh Rong Island. Including our advice for staying at Koh Rong and how to swim with glow in the dark plankton!