Koh Rong

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Koh Rong

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Koh Rong is an Island off the coast of Sihanoukville.


Get in

Koh Rong can be reached by a ferry ride from Sihanoukville. The ferry itself is pretty basic and there are no proper seats on any of the ferries. There are benches on either side of the ferry, leaving the middle portion to be used for luggage, though some enterprising travellers use the area to stretch out and catch a quick snooze. Make sure you carry a hat and sunglasses for the ride, and use sunscreen if required. The ferries usually leave in the morning to the island from Sihanoukville, and do a return trip in the afternoon, so it will be sunny. As of now, water is not sold on the ferry and neither are snacks or other drinks. It may be a good idea to carry some with you, especially if you are travelling with children. There is a small toilet on board the ferry which seems to be clean and in decent working condition.

To board and disembark from the ferry you will need to walk on an average sized plank of wood connecting the pier to the ferry. The process is not very efficient and can be a little scary the first time you try it, so bear this in mind if you have any foot injuries, have special needs etc.

Currently, ferries run to two opposite sides of the island.

1) The Dive Shop and Monkey Island ferries leave Sihanoukville at around 12 pm or so and reach the island in the afternoon. There is also a return ferry running at 10 am from the island to Sihanoukville as of February 2012. This ferry will not take you to Sok-San bungalows, which is on the other side of the island.

2) Similarly, Sok-San bungalows run a ferry service which leaves Sihanoukville at 9 am or so, but this ferry will not take you to the side of the island where Monkey Island bungalows, Treehouse bungalows, Paradise bungalows, Pura Vida, etc. are situated.

3) For an up to date boat schedule and price list visit the local Sihanoukville Travel Guide - SHVguide.com [5]- It is operated locally and keeps info up to date

Make sure that you are absolutely certain that the ferry you are booked to take will drop you off at your destination. There have been instances of resort owners refusing to let guests take boats to the other side of the island (Sok-San to Monkey Island etc.), and insisting that you stay on their beach.

All services cost $15 return (lately, most of the bigger boats started charging 20$ with return). However, if you find that you have ended up at a different place from where you landed on the island, you can still catch a ride on any of the return ferries if they have room. You will be charged $10 for a single trip from the island to Sihanoukville.

Also note that all ferry tickets include a ride to and from the main town area in Sihanoukville, so you should not have to pay extra for the same.

Monkey Island Cambodia
Sok San Cambodia

Get around

There are no roads on the island yet so the only way to get around is on foot. The walking man of Koh Rong (an Israeli guy called Gil) has marked trails that lead from the beach closest to Monkey Island and Paradise Bungalows to other beaches but most of the island is still thick jungle. Gil knows the hidden trails of the island very well and offers trecking tours from 1 to 4 days (cost ca. 10 USD per day per person and is worth every dollar). The only other option is to hire a local fishing boat to take you around the Island.


With 23 white sand beaches to choose from Koh Rong has plenty to see and do. For the adventurous there's plenty of trekking to be done through the relatively untouched jungle. Diving and snorkelling is excellent both off the beach and at sites nearby. But above all the best attraction is the phosphorescent water which sparkles when disturbed like twinkling stars. Best seen in around 4 feet of water and on a dark part of the beach. Because Koh Rong has minimal development and light pollution the conditions are perfect for the phosphorescent plankton and it can be seen every single night.


  • Snorkelling. Various places and people will offer snorkelling trips on their long tail boats. Native Khmer guides, while cheaper, will most likely be unable to communicate with you in english and will just point to things. $10-$20.





  • Monkey Island (Monkey Island Cambodia), Koh Rong (Right at the pier 200m up the beach), 081830992, [1]. checkin: 12:00; checkout: 10:30. Budget accommodation situated right on the beach. Bar with sea views to die for and great food from a Thai chef. $15. (10.66178884110217,103.27251434326172)
  • Pura Vida Resort. Italian Restaurant and Coffee Bar (Long Set Beach, Koh Rong island), (On Koh Rong's southeast coast), +855 9 75 181 928 (), [2].
    Small bungalow resort, opened in december 2011, it features two bungalows with private bathroom, shower, electricity and a double room upstairs to the reasturant with electricity and shared bathroom outside. You can eat true italian dishes here and there is a coffe bar serving cappuccino and caffè espresso. All prices include breakfast and electricity available everyday from 18:30 to 22:30. -Bungalows with king size bed, private bathroom, shower and electricity: 50$/day.
    -Quadruple room with two king size beds, shared bathroom and electricity: 35$/day as a double, 50$/day as a triple, 65$/day as a quadruple
Koh Rong Island Cambodia
  • Lonely-Beach Bungalow Resort, (secluded bay at northern coast of Koh Rong), +855 812.758.77 ([email protected]). Lonely Beach Bungalow Resort. Alone standing bungalows with private bathroom. Bungalows for $20 and $30. Restaurant/Bar. Boat transfer from Sihanoukville and back $20.
  • LA MAMI (RESTAURANTS AND ROOMS), Koh Rong ([email protected]), +855975086268, [3]. a good place to be, where things have a taste. romantic place, three rooms sharing one bathroom with shower, lovely food, fun atmosphere, happy cocktails. italian hungarian and khmer food, italian coffee, bar, music, accommodations.... all you need! 6-15 usd.
  • Koh Rong Backpackers, Same beach as monkey, [4]. checkin: 2pm; checkout: Noon. First major hostel on the island. Located on one of the piers, 2 story with a balcony. View of the jungle, village, ocean, islands, beach. Over 40 beds, all dorms. Cleanliness of linen, toilets and rooms, safety of property, and socialisation are the major focuses at Koh Rong Backpackers. $6-$10.


Internet is surprisingly good on Koh Rong, near to the ferry pier at least. Apparently an optical fibre cable link has been recently installed. Many of the restaurants/bars/accommodation providers near to the ferry pier now have wifi.

Mobile phone reception is almost non-existent.

Get out

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