We were looking for it in Thailand, almost found it in Malaysia, but it is in Cambodia where we finally found our ultimate South East Asian beach: miles and miles of white sand, ankle-high crystal clear water 100 feet out from shore and barely a soul in sight.
The beach, located on Koh Rong, a small island two hours off the coast of Cambodia, was empty for one reason. To get there requires an hour of semi-strenuous hiking in raging April heat. The last stretch included scrambling up and down 75meters of nearly vertical descent, clinging to a (who-knows-how-old) rope. All the swearing, complaining, tripping, falling and profuse sweating was forgotten within seconds of being on the beach.
Recognizing that we had finally found ‘our beach’, the challenge seemed totally worth it, even when we made the slog back up and over the mountain to return to our guesthouse on the other side of the island that night.