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Koh Rong Info – Sihanoukville, Cambodia

Submitted by on 16/10/2012 – 12:50 pm23 Comments

Koh Rong beach Cambodia

**Updated October 2012**

So you’ve been looking for paradise hey? You might just have found it!

Firstly I’ll have to explain that the Islands around Cambodia are nothing like those in neighbouring Thailand. For a start there are no big speed ferries

Cambodian children playing on Koh Rong

shuttling hundreds of backpackers from one to the next on a daily basis. Also there’s not much in the way of electricity… But what they lack in those areas they surely make up for in pure paradise charm, unspoilt beaches, clear turquoise waters and curios locals.

Koh Rong is situated just off the coast of Cambodia, a few hours boat ride from Sihanoukville. It’s a largely untouched tropical island with a thick jungle interior. Recently listed in the NY Times as one of the world’s MUST SEE places.

43 kilometers of white sand beaches stretch their way around Koh Rong, it also boasts an abundance of snorkelling and diving hot spots. With Dive centres already set up on the southern beach offering free tester dives and renting equipment, there’s no excuse not to dive right in.

Koh Rong – Island Info:

Koh Rong Cambodia - Washed up boat

  • Koh Rong Area – 78 square kilometers
  • Beaches – 7 bays surround Koh Rong
  • Distance to mainland – 3 hour boat ride (leave daily see below for times)
  • ATM’s – NO (stock up on cash before you leave OR pay your bill on the mainland)
  • Internet/WiFi – Yes (some accommodation has WiFi available in their bars/restaurants)
  • Activities – Snorkelling, Diving, Trekking, Kayaking, Sunbathing, swimming, boat trips

What you wont be expecting to find on Koh Rong is such a simple sense of untouched beauty, beach huts and jungle huts here seem to have been made with a certain amount of sympathy for the surroundings. They seem somehow more honest and upfront.

As with most island village communities, off the beaten track – the hospitality and generosity is often the thing you’ll notice most. At first it’s easy to get caught up with a scabby looking dog or a pile of rubbish but what you have to remember is… This is how it is…. For these people – this is life.  And on Koh Rong especially, it was up until 2011.

Once you bother to scratch the surface you’ll get a whole lot more back than an empty stare.

Koh Rong – Highlights:

 

  • Swimming at night in the phosphorescent glow of the sea plankton
  • Jungle trekking to a deserted beach
  • Snorkelling day trips

In the last two years Koh Rong has seen it’s fair share of development, so far it’s been mostly confined to the south beach (where the boat arrives) but with grand plan afoot with some large Cambodian companies… It might not stay like that for long.

Most accommodation on Koh Rong is simple wooden/straw bungalows, there are beach front options available too (Monkey Island & Tree House) but most are situated just back in the tree line. Almost all will have some sort of sea view though.
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Accommodation on Koh Rong:

Development is happening fast on Koh Rong but there’s still plenty of options ranging from $3 dorm beds right up to $50 tree house bungalows. I would seriously recommend the beach front bungalows (Monkey Island), nothing quite beats falling asleep to the sound of lapping waves on a starlit beach.

With recent publicity and the regular boat services it is highly recommended that you book before you leave as good accommodation is usually booked a day or two ahead.

  • Monkey Island – Book direct @ their website http://monkeyisland-kohrong.com
  • Tree House – Book @ Koh Rong Travel (situated opposite Monkey Republic in Sihanoukville)
  • Paradise Bungalows – Book @ Koh Rong Travel (situated opposite Monkey Republic in Sihanoukville)
  • CoCo Bungalows – Book @ Koh Rong Travel (situated opposite Monkey Republic in Sihanoukville)
  • Broken Heart Guest House (on Long Beach) – Call to book @ +855 (0) 977 649 424

Since late 2010 regular boat services have begun to make the 3 hour journey from Sihanoukville to Koh Rong, this has really opened up the island to tourism and so far the impact is a positive one.

There are a number of different boats running everyday and prices have come down a lot in the last 12 months ($9 – $15 return). All of these can be arranged prior to leaving in just about any guest house/travel agent in Sihanoukville.

Koh Rong Cambodia

Koh Rong Boat Times:

 

Sihanoukville TO Koh Rong:

  • 7:00 with The Dive Shop – Pick up @ The Dive Shop
  • 08:00 with Paradise Bungalows Pick up @ Koh Rong Travel
  • 12:30 with Monkey Island Pick up @ Monkey Republic

 

Koh Rong TO Sihanoukville:

  • 10:00 with Monkey Island Pick up @ Monkey Island
  • 15:30 with The Dive Shop Pick up @ Koh Rong Pier
  • 16:00 with Paradise Bungalows Pick up @ Koh Rong Pier

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