At some point in our lives, we have all fantasised about living on a magical secluded island away from the worldly chaos. Hollywood has created several movies that revolve around this idea, my favourite being The Beach. Who would not love to live in a parallel universe which includes the sun, sand, sea and no worries? I found that parallel universe while I was visiting the beautiful island of Koh Rong Samloem in Cambodia. Being the backpacker that I am, I found a hostel on the private part of the island. So I did not even have to spend a fortune to live The Beach fantasy.
Who should visit this mind-blowing hostel?
If you are a backpacker looking for complete isolation from the world, Driftwood Hostel is your place. You will be living in a dorm room or you can choose to sleep in the hammock in the tree house. If you are not a fan of the wild, there is no place for you here. This place is on the beach and has thick forest around, so do not fret on the occasional visit of interesting creatures. Luxury travellers should keep to the main island as there is nothing for them here. This place is for the lover of nature, explorers, adventurers and people who are tired of people.
What makes Driftwood Hostel magical?
• Its impeccable location away from even the little civilisation that exists on the island of Koh Rong Samloem
• The chance to experience bioluminescent plankton in water, right in front of the hostel
• The lovely owner Ryan from Australia who takes care of everything and is an amazing cook
• There is nothing on the private beach apart from this hostel, which is constructed completely of wood
• The vast expanse of untouched forest around, with rich wildlife for you to explore
• Strictly no WiFi or mobile network makes it ideal for the digital detox
• And of course the magical sunsets of the island
From the moment you get down from the boat, be ready to be amazed. There is nothing on this side of the island but a massive tree house peeping from the forest. This tree house serves as Reception, Bar and Restaurant, chilling spot and crashing place if you are too lazy to go to your dorm room. I crashed on the hammock while I was staying there, listening to the sound of waves and feeling the ocean breeze on my face.