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Koh Rong; The Beautiful Twilight

It happens cyclically day in and out.

The sun rises in the east and sets in the west and yet, oddly enough, I found myself amazed by its ritual on a subdued island off the coast of Southern Cambodia.

I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. There was an air of unreality that hung over this seemingly untouched island.

The usual clutter of resorts that were synonymous to many commercialized islands was absent and the sinuating 7km trail of white sandy beach was uninterrupted by boisterous tourists.

I could hear the humdrum chatter of the resort's guests as I tucked my weary feet beneath the expansive flour-like sands, looking beyond the limitless dusky evening sky.

I remembered it just as it is; a beautiful twilight as the sun evanesced.

Of Brassy Orange to Incandescent Blue

It was a perfect day for the perfect catch, a novelty considering none of us had ever fished before. The deal was to catch our meal and feast before the sunset followed by a night dip to see the blue planktons. The first part of the deal was grossly underestimated and we were lucky to have caught a handful of fishes for the barbeque.

Up ahead in the horizon, the sun was turning brassy orange. The boat was moored a couple of meters away from the shore and we jumped into the shallow waters and waded towards the dusky beach for the BBQ. The meal was nothing to shout about but it was the sense of camaraderie that we enjoyed the most, whilst observing a sleeping sun that began to cast an iridescent glow across the horizon. It was the first of many bewitching sunsets we will encounter on this enchanted island.