A Visit to a Magic Island

Category : Editorial, Travel, Various, Writing · (12) Comments May 22, 2014

You might be forgiven for thinking Song Saa doesn’t exist.

Floating secretly off the undeveloped coast of Koh Rong, Cambodia, it is as if your subconscious dreamt a very lovely dream and it actually came true.


Upon arriving at Sihanoukville our driver spent a good while hunting for the boat before eventually handing us over to a sleek speedboat and its crew. You can’t easily find it marked on a map, there is only one way to get there. It may not exist.



But upon arriving on the private island hotel you are quickly transported to a world of luxury where everything is taken care of. There is free pink champinoise on tap, little amuse bouches dotted around your room wrapped in betel leaves and jars of chocolates. A soulful sound of bamboo pipes wafts through the jungle. Soft sand and warm waves. Then there’s your private infinity pool and the spa. And the glorious outdoor shower among the palm trees. Magical dinners on the sea shore. It is possibly the most perfect place for a wedding or a honeymoon you could imagine.

Did I really go there? I’m no longer sure. I hope my pictures take you there.









above from top: the view from the mainland at Sihanoukville. Koh Rong is one of the most undeveloped coastlines in the world, recently written about by Huffington post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/15/places-that-arent-famous-yet_n_5226475.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000063; the speedboat to the island; Natalie who kept me company; bottom; the view from our hotel room over the infinity pool


(12) comments

Jenny Owens
4 years ago · Reply

Beautiful images Fiona. I can only dream one day of going there but these images can transport you there.

    4 years ago · Reply

    Well, you never know Jenny… One day…

4 years ago · Reply

Absolutely gorgeous…looks like heaven!

    4 years ago · Reply

    Thank you Anna, I’m so glad you like them.


Margaret Campbell
4 years ago · Reply

beautiful wild island – in the words of the poet “what would the world be once bereft of wet and of wildness, of wildness and wet – Oh let them be left” W.B.Yeats

The photos of this wonderful wild island are magical and exquisitely touching!

Anna Taylor
4 years ago · Reply

Oh man – I have island envy. I want to go there – NOW!

Laura Babb
4 years ago · Reply

Ohhh I want to go there. Right now. Beautiful.

    4 years ago · Reply

    Let’s just go. Although I think it will be about 200 degrees right now. And my roses are out. So perhaps in November?

Sam Walker
3 years ago · Reply

Stunning. So many faces of this amazing country. I will have to try and go next time I visit that part of the world.

    11 months ago · Reply

    And I was just wodirenng about that too!

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