Koh Russei (Bamboo Island) is a small island about 10km off the coast of Sihanoukville.
There are only four choices for accommodations on Koh Russei. All four are basic bungalows, but not all are the same. Two of the four places to stay are looked after by their owners and are very pleasant, comfortable places to stay. The extra help and attention from the owners is a big plus. The other two places have less of a friendly island feel and more of a business-give-me-your-money vibe.
Three of the four locations are on the North of the island and face back towards mainland Cambodia. Your choices are as follows, from left to right on the beach where you land:
- Kenny's Bungalows - Kenny's has 2 nice new bungalows and the island's best restaurant. The operation is looked after by Kenny who is a Cambodian American who has returned to Cambodia after leaving in the late 70's. Kenny is a friendly host and will make sure that your stay is fantastic. The beach in front is large and there is a volleyball net where local kids, navy personnel, and tourists play during the day. Kenny's had his Grand Opening in early December 2007.
- Coasters - Coasters is owned by the same foreign trio that own the resort of the same name on Occheteaul Beach. The bungalows are ok. The restaurant is ok. The bar is great. The bar is located around a big beautiful tree on a beautiful sand beach that juts out into the ocean. Service is ok.
- Treasure Island - Treasure Island has been around for years. However, it was just purchased by a friendly Brit named Darius on December 7, 2007. There are 16 bungalows on a beautiful strip of white sand. 8 of the bungalows are set right on the beach facing the water and have spectacular views. The other 8 are set a few paces behind the first and are equally nice. All rooms have mosquito nets and attached bathrooms. There is a gazebo for drinking and relaxing and the owner has three boats of varying sizes. Fishing and snorkeling trips can be arranged including night fishing. Darius is a great host and will certainly make sure that you have a great stay on Bamboo Island.
On the South-West side of the island there is only one place to stay:
- Bar Ru - Bungalows that are in need of repair and a very unfriendly manager set on the best beach on the island. Not much can be said about the very basic and shabby bungalows. The restaurant is basic, but very beautiful. Safety in the restaurant is a concern as the large gazebo roof is leaning to the side. The sunset views are spectacular. Staff is quiet and the foreign manager only seems interested in money. This place is heavily trafficked as it also has a bar on the beach of Occheteaul that packs boats with customers to bring to the island.
The beach on the South-West side of the island can be enjoyed by walking on the nice path through the jungle from the main beach. Only a 5-10 minute stroll.