Koh Rong Cambodia Island (also romanized as Kaôh Rōng or Kos Rong), is the second largest island of Cambodia. Just 45 minutes by speedboat, yet a world away from the grubby confines of Sihanoukville, Koh Rong Samloem offers four completely different atmospheres on four different beaches on what many might describe as the archetypal paradise island. A few years back, Koh Rong was little more than a jungle-clad wilderness rimmed by swaths of sugary-white sand, with a few beach-hut resorts speckling the shore around tiny Koh Tuch village. Today the Koh Tuch village street-strip that leads out from the pier is a bottleneck of back-to-back backpacker crash pads, restaurants, and hole-in-the-wall bars blasting competing music. This article will show you how to get there!
What you Expect
Transport to and from Koh Rong is at the mercy of the weather. Boats sometimes leave late as a result, so give yourself a few extra hours if you’re booking a bus directly after your return to Sihanoukville. If you’re susceptible to sea sickness, you might wish to dose yourself up prior to departure, as during the rainy season, things can get a little rough on the slow boats.
For Koh Touch beach, by far the quickest way to get here is on one of the speed ferries. Island Speed Ferry has three departures a day from Sihanoukville. It has a much better reputation than its competitor Koh Ron Speed Ferry (the yellow boat), which is reported to often end up making the journey in one of their slow boats. If you’re expecting to make a connection for a bus on the other side, we imagine this would be quite stressful.
Otherwise there are slow boats affiliated to Monkey Island and the Dive Centre which leave Sihanoukville at 08:00 and 14:00. Bookings can be made at the Koh Rong Island Travel Centre or at Money Republic on Beach Road in Sihanoukville. They offer transfers from their offices to the port, included in the price.
If you want to do it independently, particularly useful if you’re travelling in a private car and don’t wish to head into Sihanoukville town, simply follow the signs to Sihanoukville port. Turn right past the large administration building and follow the road round to the left past small restaurants and cafes. Look for the sign for the Koh Rong ferry on the left, previously known as the Royal Pier. The ticket office is a small white building on your right. Tickets cost for an open return, meaning you can choose when you want to leave. The tickets are valid for any of the boats which leave Koh Rong at 10:00 and 16:00 daily.
To reach Sok San Beach, you can either travel to Koh Touch, and catch a taxi boat from there. Or you can catch the Sok San Fast Cat, which is the private boat for Sok San Beach Resort. However, the schedule varies according to their needs so you will need to check in advance — this can be booked if you’re staying at Sok San Beach Bungalows. You can also make arrangements with your guesthouse for a pick up from Koh Touch beach.
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