Cambodia tourism has grown a lot over the last five years and that is not only because of Angkor Wat. A big reason why Cambodia is getting more popular is their tropical island. Backpackers in Cambodia prefer to visit Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem to enjoy the island life. And wow, they do have some of the best beaches in Cambodia.
So if you’re in for a tropical getaway in Cambodia, you have come to the right place.
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How to get to Koh Rong
The only way to get to Koh Rong is by boat from the Serendipity pier in Sihanoukville. The easiest way to get your ferry tickets is by ordering them in advance on the app Camboticket. A two-way ticket will cost you around $20. The boat trip will take 45 to 90 minutes depending on the sea conditions.
If you book your ticket with GTVC Speedboat a one way ticket costs $12 and a return ticket comes at $22. This ferry service has good reviews and depart from the Serendipity pier in Sihanoukville.
Buva Sea Ferry
Buva Sea Ferry offers the same price as GTVC Speedboat and can drop you at alternative piers on the islands.
Departure: 9:00 am, 11,30 am and 3:00 pm
Return: 10:00 am, 12:30 pm and 4:00 pm
TIP: Make sure the ferry company drops you off at the right pier. Sometimes they are in a hurry and try to drop you at the first pier. This will cost you extra money because you need a taxi boat to the other side of the island.
Where to stay in Koh Rong
The possibilities for accommodations on Koh Rong are quite good. With a rich variety in hotels, hostels and guesthouses, there is an option for every budget. Most accommodations on this tropical island are positioned on the pearl white beaches. Due to the popularity of Koh Rong island it is best to book a few days in advance. Some of the best Koh Rong Hotels can be found on booking.com, best part they often come with free cancelation.
⫸ Find hotels on Koh Rong
Backpackers in Cambodia prefer to stay at Koh Touch. This part of the island is packed with cheap hostels and guesthouses and is the main tourist area on Koh Rong. This beach is famous for Koh Rong nightlife and is full of great restaurants and bars.
Koh Touch Village is the main pier and that is why they organize a lot of activities over here. This village is also the only place where you can find small supermarkets and get cash on the island.
With 4 kilometers of white sand, turquoise water and a relaxing atmosphere it is most likely the best beach on Koh Rong. With that tropical vibe 4K beach is perfect to experience the island life in all its glory. On the beach you will find a few places where it is really fun to hangout.
One of those places is Sandbank. Located between a snow white sandbank and a turquoise sea you can enjoy a fresh smoothie or coconut while sitting down in a hammock. They also serve delicious tasting Thai food and you can play volleyball and board games.
Don't forget to visit Nest Beach Club, a hostel, restaurant and bar with its own private beach. This beach club organizes the Nestival every Monday. A festival that starts at 12 am and ends after 12 pm including dj’s, a barbecue and a free volleyball tournament. The entrance is free but for $1 you will have VIP entrance which gives you happy hour all day and free shots.
Long Beach and Sok San Village
At Long beach you will find Sok San Beach resort, a luxury but affordable resort. After traveling for a few days this place is perfect to ease your body and mind. With 7 kilometer of untouched beach it feels like the perfect getaway. The thing we liked the most was the friendly staff that did everything to make our stay worry-free.
If you walk along Long Beach you will reach a small village named Sok San. At this village you will have several bungalows, and a few restaurants. One of them is The Moon, an atmospheric restaurant located on the beach that is perfect if you want something different instead of the resort restaurant.
After exploring those beautiful beaches of Koh Rong we came to the conclusion that there was a lot of plastic pollution on the island. So if you take stuff to the beaches, don’t forget to bring it back. Because most of the trash is from the tourists let’s make each other aware of this fact.
Someone who is really making a difference on this matter is Jackson Groves. He started an organization named The Adventure Bag Crew which is focused on cleaning beaches while going on an adventure. Let’s get inspired by his initiative and do something about the plastic pollution!
What to do in Koh Rong
The diversity on this tropical island is what makes it so much fun. If you are searching for relaxing, adventure or partying, you’re in the right place. Curious? Here is a list with the best things to do during your stay at Koh Rong Island.
Do a Boat trip with Adventure Adam
If you want to take an adventurous boat trip ask for Adventure Adam. This guy organizes full day boat trips around the island of Koh Rong. Some activities including the trip are jungle trekking, exploring the beaches, snorkeling, watching the sunset and the highlight for most people: swimming with glowing Plankton.
High point adventure park
Located left of the main pier at Koh Touch you will find High Point Adventure Park. A 400 meter circuit with 25 platforms and 3 zip lines. If you like some adventure while you are on Koh Rong this is your best option. The price to climb around is $30 for a whole day, this is including safety gear, a High Point t-shirt and water.
Rent a Kayak
A fun way to explore the surroundings at Koh Rong is by renting a kayak or stand up paddle. You can rent them at almost every restaurant at Koh Touch for a price of around $10 a day.
Get your padi at the Koh Rong Dive Center
At the Koh Rong Dive Center you can learn how to dive. It is up to you if you would like to follow PADI training courses or just do some fun diving. You can find the dive center on the main pier at Koh Touch.
Do nothing at all
One thing that you should certainly do is nothing. Just sit down, relax and take in the tranquil surroundings. Have a fresh juice and let your body and mind come to ease. Beside chilling in a hammock, try to cool down a few times a day by swimming in the clear blue sea.
Flying the drone at Koh Rong
A fun thing to do on the island is flying the drone. With bird eye view you will be even more amazed how beautiful this island is. With incoming plans of building an airport on Koh Rong flying the drone here could be over soon. So if you have a drone, don’t mind putting it in the air.
Koh Rong Plankton Tour
Have you ever heard of bioluminescent plankton? This plankton reacts to movement and starts glowing if you swim through it. The best way to see the plankton is to swim on the beaches where light pollution is really low.
Extra things you need to know about Koh Rong
#1 There are No ATM’s on the islands, but you can get cash in Koh Touch. Green Ocean Guesthouse and The White Rose have Eftpos terminals. Keep in mind that they ask a 10% charge so it’s better to bring enough cash.
#2 The WIFI is horrible, but that’s okay. You came here for some time off so say yes to a social media detox.
#3 If you think you got bitten by mosquitos, this could also be sandflies. We didn’t had too much problems with that but we heard some pretty frustrating stories.