"One of the biggest draws of Koh Rong for me given the fact I’m a tech addict is the lack of electricity – it’s like a forced detox from modern day life!
The island is generator and solar powered, meaning there is only really solid electricity from 5:30pm until midnight in most places. So pack away your laptop and smartphone, hit the beach and enjoy the downtime and quiet!
That general laid back vibe oozes across the whole places – lazy hammock days, snorkelling and swimming in the sea is the order of the day. Top up your tan, read a book – or simply enjoy doing nothing!
In the evening cocktails and beers are in full force, with reggae tunes and a social atmosphere at the few rag tag beach shack bars.
By midnight you’re either heading to bed after a relaxing evening or stripping down for some skinny dipping carnage if the mojitos have been flowing!"
Koh Rong Island is a Cambodian Island in the Gulf of Thailand, at about 40km off the coast of
Sihanoukville. Actually, the island is undeveloped and untouched. It's a secret island. But it will be soon one of the famous touristic destination of Cambodia. The island is certainly
the most beautiful island of the Kompong Som Region. A snowdrift bay, covered by a crystal clear and turquoise water, stretches on several kilometres. At the centre, a jungle with
thousands of coconut palms and waterfalls invade the island. Paradise found on Koh Rong!
There's still amazing hiking and trekking on the island in the parts of the jungle that loggers haven't destroyed, but in the last few years dozens of cheap accommodations have been built and the place has become a backpacker Shangri-La.
Koh Rong Island is shaped like a dumbbell. The narrow section in the middle is flat, but the ends are mountainous
and covered in thick, creeping jungle. There are a few fishing villages on the island but no roads, so the amazing beach is only accessible by boat.
The crystal clear waters around the pier on Koh Rong are filled with fish. Cambodia’s
Islands are relatively untouched by mass tourism and village life is still the order of the day. But all this will soon change, large international companies have already
bought and drawn plans for large parts of Cambodia’s most beautiful Island.
Koh Rong is the second largest island of Cambodia. Contrary to widespread Western belief, its name does not translate to “Monkey Island”. The Khmer word “rong or rung” means “cave”.
Located in Koh Kong Province about 25 kilometers off the Sihanoukville’s coast in the Gulf of Thailand, the island has an area of approximately 78 km2 and 43 km of beaches.
Currently, there are four small villages: Koh Tuich, Dam Dkeuw, Prek Svay and Soksan. The island is also home to more than a dozen guesthouses and bungalows, many of them foreign-owned.
Koh Rong is quite possibly that cliched island paradise you've been looking for, boasting pristine white beaches, turquoise water and limited development.
For years the island was almost completely undeveloped save for a diving outfit and a few bungalows on either side of the island.
More accommodation has been built and an increasing number of visitors have been discovering the beauty of
island life here. But with still only 20 sets of bungalows on the 78 square kilometre island. It still has a near-deserted feel to it with just enough going on to make it comfortable.
Koh Rong has 43 kilometres of beaches, but the majorityof bars and accommodation is on the southeast, by Koh Touch village.
There's a shop, laundry services and a choice of eating, but no ATMs or internet cafes. There's enough to keep even the most active visitor busy, with diving, snorkelling, mountain biking, trekking, kayaks and motorbike treks, and plenty of sand, sun and sea for those with more relaxed tastes.
The bungalows above (on the beach) are called Angkor Chum. Angkor Chum is part of the small Sok San village, and there’s not much else around. There’s a restaurant also owned by Mr. Chrouk that serves up typical Khmer dishes, many of which are made with freshly-caught seafood brought in each day by the local fishermen from the village. Angkor Chum is not the place to go to if you’re looking for a party, but if you’re looking for a quiet place to relax, it can’t be beaten.
The beach stretches in a gentle curve for about43 kilometres. A few shacks are set amidst coconut plantations in back of the
beach. One of these houses is abandoned and the Cambodian farmers who own it somewhat bemusedly allowed me to camp there. Rumour has it that a Taiwanese investment consortium plans to develop the beach within the next few years.
Sok San Bungalows
The local Cambodians in the fishing village at the end of the beach are hospitable but very poor. No one speaks English, but a few locals can communicate in Thai, Chinese and Vietnamese.
To get to Koh Rong, first make your way to Sihanoukville and then ask around about a boat. Another option is to approach
the island from Koh Sdach, where the ferry from the Thai border town of Koh Kong stops. In Sihanoukville there are a variety of tour operators who can arrange a charter, but the
price will depend on your ability to bargain and willingness to shop around. Off Beat Boats is one option, the hobby of a knowledgeable and only slightly eccentric old British man.
Buva Sea Cambodia offers speed boat transfers directly to Coconut Beach from Sihanoukville at additional charges.
Speedboat tickets can be purchased in Sihanoukville or online. Departure timings are 08:00, 11:00, 14:00 and 16:00. Each ride is approximately 30 minutes.
A supply boat leaves Koh Rong twice a week or so and docks just to the north of the Sihanoukville ferry terminal, but the schedule is random. I paid only $5 for a ride from the
island to the mainland on the supply boat, but was quoted prices that ranged from $50 to $100 for a charter from Sihanoukville.
Island Palace Bungalows Resort
Situated in Koh Rong Island, Island Palace Bungalows Resort is the perfect place to experience its surroundings. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.
At Island Palace Bungalows Resort, the excellent service and superior facilities make for an unforgettable stay. The hotel provides tours, Wi-Fi in public areas, laundry service/dry cleaning to ensure our guests the greatest comfort.
Step into one of 22 inviting rooms and escape the stresses of the day with a wide range of amenities such as non smoking rooms, shower, internet access – wireless (complimentary), complimentary bottled water, internet access – wireless. Besides, the hotel's host of recreational offerings ensures you have plenty to do during your stay. Island Palace Bungalows Resort is your one-stop destination for quality hotel accommodations in Sihanoukville.
Whether you're a tourist or traveling on business, Smile Guesthouse is a great choice for accommodation when visiting Sihanoukville. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.
Smile Guesthouse offers impeccable service and all the essential amenities to invigorate travelers. Guests of the hotel can enjoy on-site features like Wi-Fi in public areas, bar/pub, restaurant, tours.
Experience high quality room facilities, including fan, internet access – wireless (complimentary), shared bathroom, complimentary bottled water, to help you recharge after a long day. The hotel's private beach are ideal places to relax and unwind after a busy day. Smile Guesthouse is a smart choice for travelers to Sihanoukville, offering a relaxed and hassle-free stay every time.