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Our paradise guide to Koh Rong!

Pink sunset at the Sok San Beach resort in Koh Rong, Cambodia

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All you need to know about Koh Rong, Cambodia


For some years now, I have been on a quest the find the perfect beach. That kind of beach that perfectly hugs my buttocks in sandy bliss while I sip my coconut water fresh from the fruit (with mandatory pink umbrella of course).

If I had to dream up one place -the ultimate place- to unwind, then Koh Rong would be my dream come to life. Rich in seemingly never-ending beaches, crystal clear turqoise waters, a tropical jungle-clad interior and minimum crowds. I guess it was a match made in heaven right from the start ??‍♀️❤️. The scattered islands on Cambodia’s south coast seem to have been created with one holy purpose alone: being my ultimate beachbum heaven!

WAIT.

Holy cow, is this it? Is this the end of my quest?

For my sake (for all our sakes really), I hope I can lift my sandy bum out of my hammock long enough to continue our discoveries around the world. Never underestimate the power of palmtrees and pretty blue waters – just a single look can turn even the most active grown woman into the most determined couch potatoe ever (aka the title of my future autobiography).

Thinking of adding Koh Rong to your trip to Cambodia? Don’t hesitate, just do it! If it’s postcard-perfect beaches you’re after, you’re at the right place. In the meantime, let me whisk you away to our days on the island.

Waving palm trees on Long Beach, Koh Rong

Enjoying the beach life at Sok San Beach Resort on Koh Rong
Many hours have been spent lazing on this beach

Top things to do on Koh Rong


Though Koh Rong was the setting for one of Survivor‘s seasons, if it is an action packed trip you’re planning you’re better off channeling your inner Lara Croft when visiting Angkor Wat back on mainland. I had no trouble channeling my inner Homer Simpson though.

Discover secluded beaches
Yo, Koh Rong houses some uh-mazing beaches! Koh Rong’s magically beautiful beaches with pure white sand and turquoise water are unreal. I almost melted into a puddle of stupid joy when our speedboat docked at the Sok San pier on Long Beach. This was real. This was actually happening. My first tropical turqoise water and perfect white sand beach island gettaway! I basically just stood there, smiling like a crazy person.

Expect perfect tropical island conditions, as long as you are traveling in the right season of course. This is when it is winter in Europe and dry season in Cambodia. It’s still a pleasant stay during the rainy season though the water will look a bit greener.

Long Beach, 4K beach and Palm Beach are the most scenic. When staying at Sok San Beach resort, Long Beach is just a roll out of bed away! If you prefer staying at the Koh Tuich Village, you’ll get to 4K Beach after a 15-minute easy stroll. To get to Palm Beach, you’ll have to find yourself a boat to take you there as it is currently undeveloped.


Certain beaches are only accessible when a local takes you there on his boat.
Frolicking on Koh Rong's 4K beach

Setting Sail with Adventures Adam
While I do love to bake like a pancake on the beach once in a while, you know flipping myself around every few minutes until I’m golden brown, sometimes I did feel the need to get my activity levels up a bit. For a few dollars you can spend an entire day at sea. Possible activities are fishing, snorkeling and discovering undeveloped beaches. It’s a great day out and it doesn’t break the bank. Expect to pay around 10$ for an entire day including lunch and a beer. Just the way we like it. If you’re into a surprise day our, ask around for Adventures Adam or plan a trip through his website. He basically has no fixed schedule and takes you on a tour around the island, stopping wherever the waves and his adventureous heart take him. Count on spending about $20 for this adventure.

Snorkling with luminous plankton
In addition to chillaxing on the beach and floating around on the ocean, there’s a special kind of natural phenomenon that happens on Koh Rong’s shoreline. A certain type of plankton which lights up when in rapid moving water. You can swim with the plankton on one of the organized tours but you can also try to do it yourself. Find a a dark part of a beach (no or minimum light pollution) and swim a few meters into the ocean. You’ll find yourself surrounded with little points of bright blue-ish light. Bring your snorkeling gear as you’ll see them much better under water. A truly magical moment!

Where to stay on Koh Rong


The Sok San Beach Resort proved to be the perfect host during our stay on Koh Rong. We opted for a stay on Long Beach instead of Koh Tuich Village as we were looking for a more intimate experience of the island. You know, a romantic stay on a bounty island and all that. The Sok San Beach Resort has bungalows starting from $92 per night. If you’re looking to immerse yourself into pure luxury, The Royal Sands Koh Rong might be the perfect fit for you! It’s also located on Long Beach and offers a real luxurious and high-end experience.

If your budget is a bit tighter or you’d prefer to be closer to the lively Koh Tuich Village, the Gauguin Resort merits your attention. It’s the place we would’ve picked if we would’ve stayed near Koh Tuich.


Strolling along Long Beach catching the sunset on Koh Rong
Sippin a coconut on the porch of our bungalow at Sok San Beach Resort

Bungalows at the Sok San Beach Resort on Koh Rong


How to get to Koh Rong


The easiest way to get to Koh rong is by getting yourself on a relivately cheap flight to either Bangkok or Phnom Penh and to travel from there to the coastal town of Sihanoukville. If you’re already traveling through Cambodia, like we did, you can reach Sihanoukville by nightbus from Siem Reap. We booked our ticket through Giant Ibis.

Once you’re in Sihanoukville you can easily buy a ferry ticket to Koh Rong or Koh Rong Samloem. A return ticket will cost you about $20 and you can choose when you want to travel back to Sihanoukville. The ferry will drop you off at Koh Tuich Village, the backpackers area of the island. If you stay anywhere else such as in Sok San Village you can get a texi biat from here. If you’re staying at the Sok San Beach Resort, you’ll be boarding a different speedboat that brings you directly to the resort.

White sandy beaches at Long beach in Kon Rong
Long Beach on Koh Ring Island in Cambodia


We stayed three complete days on Koh Rong and have loved every single minute of it! You can choose to stay either at Long beach or in Koh Tuich Village or decide to split your time bteween both locations. It’s all good man.

So far, Koh Rong is still a relatively undeveloped island, though it is changing fast. A major foreign investor has some big plans for the island and is even planning on building an airport. If you like to experience Koh Rong as it is today – tranquil and mostly untouched – don’t wait too long!


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Comments

What a lovely post. You are a wonderful writer, and your love of travel comes through. We were in Cambodia for just three nights, but I want to go back and will follow your suggestions.

Along Came An Elephant

Thank you so much! That makes us SOOO happy ☺️☺️☺️
Let us know how you enjoyed Cambodia!

Hugs, Marlo & Kristof

[…] You can basically spend up to a month in Cambodia but if you only have a limited available amount of days, you can definitely cover the highlights in 1 week. Don’t worry, you’ll have plenty of time to visit the otherworldly temples of Angkor Wat, get your necessary dose of culture, experience the countryside and enjoy the sunshine on Cambodia’s exotic islands. […]

Koh Rong looks absolutely amazing! I had never heard of this island but I would love to visit. Everyone travels to the Thai islands but it’s very rare to find someone who has been to any of the islands in Cambodia. In fact, it’s so rare that I don’t think I’ve ever spoken to someone who has been there. The only beach location I know in Cambodia is Sihanoukville.

I went to Cambodia last autumn so I don’t think I’ll go back anytime soon. But you never know. That last trip to Cambodia was unplanned and very spontaneous. So just in case the same happens again and I end up there once more, I have pinned your article on Pinterest. Because then I will try to make my way to Koh Rong.

Along Came An Elephant

Exactly, you never know!
Even from Bangkok, Koh Rong isn’t too far and definitely less crowded then the Thai islands.
Hope you get to visit Koh Rong one day, you’ll love it!

Marlo & Kristof xxx

i would go once in life because after reading the post it seems that you enjoyed your trip a lot. Even me too planning to go there for trip. Hope very soon i would be there and enjoy like you.

Along Came An Elephant

We so enjoyed our stay on Koh Rong! Hope you get to see it one day.

Hugs, Marlo & Kristof

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