Visiting Koh Rong: A Paradise in Cambodia

Planning to visit Koh Rong soon?

Koh Rong is the second largest island in Cambodia and one of the most beautiful places that we have ever been into. It´s not very touristic yet and we think that it’s one of the best things about it. You can even find empty beaches here.

How to get to Koh Rong

Travelers who visit Cambodia usually arrive first in either Siem Reap or Phnom Penh. From these two, you can visit Koh Rong, Sihanoukville or Kampot.

Visiting Koh Rong from Phnom Penh

From Phnom Penh, you have to ride a bus to Sihanoukville. It will take 3-4 hours depending on the traffic. If you leave during peak hours, it will take you a couple of hours to leave the city. The price for the ride is $6-$10, depending on the bus company you will choose and how much comfort you need. You can also go to Sihanoukville by riding a van. It’s faster but more expensive.

Once you are in Sihanoukville, you can choose whether to go to Koh Rong or Koh Rong Samloem.

There are ferry rides going to Koh Rong which cost around $15-$20. It’s already a speed boat for one way ticket. However, there are also slow ferries which cost around $7-$10 one way ticket. The speed boat will take more or less an hour to reach Koh Rong from Sihanoukville while the slow ferry will take a couple of hours. Click here for more information.

Koh Rong

Our first stop was Koh Rong and we highly recommend traveler to stay at Sok San Beach Resort.

If you want a luxurious vacation, then you should stay at Sok San. The beach was spacious, has white sand, clean and clear water. The bungalows are beautiful and it’s nice to stay there if you want the views of the sea.

We spent 3 days in this paradise. Though you can enjoy many activities here, we couldn’t because of the rain. We just relaxed and enjoyed the beach when the rain stops. It was a good thing that they also have a good, working internet so we were able to catch up with our online job.

How to get to Sok San Beach Resort? There’s a private boat from Sihanoukville to Sok San Beach Resort. It accompanies visitors back and forth to Sihanoukville 2-3 times a day. The schedule depends on the weather and demands or number of visitors. Price is $20 for a 45-minute ride one way ticket. After the boat ride, they will drive you for 5 minutes to the hotel. This jeep ride is included in the price of the boat ride.

You guys would enjoy the whole beach for yourself. It was very quiet and you would meet locals around. The only problem we encountered with Sok San Beach Resort was the transportation as the weather wasn’t the best when we visited. We had to ride a long tail boat and a private taxi to arrive in Kong Rong Samloem. It was really expensive, cost us $35 for an hour ride since there were no other options due to bad weather.

Koh Rong Samloem

If you want a local experience and some night parties, then this is your place! We really loved the local atmosphere plus the affordable prices.

How to get to M´Pay Bay? There are boats going to Sihanoukville and to the South Island (prices between $5-7 per ride one way ticket).

We stayed at Beach House Cambodia and we surely recommend it to you. Prices were affordable and the service was great. We loved the common areas with hammocks and comfortable couch for relaxing during the day. Around M´Pay Bay, you can feel the local vibes and it was a really nice place to stay in. There’s also music at night around the area if you feel like partying.

What to do in Koh Rong Samloem

Crystal Bay

It’s a nice and easy trekking area where you won’t be lost. At your destination after trekking, you will enjoy a half-empty beach for yourself. This place is great to catch up and watch the sunset. It takes around 45-50 minutes to get there.

Swimming and Snorkeling

There are many tour companies that you can go to if you want to do a snorkeling day trip. The water is very calm and you can swim here with yourself or with your companion.

Saracen Bay

This place was beyond words. It was really beautiful. Despite of the bad weather, we still managed to take a few shots.

How to get to Saracen Bay? From M´Pay Beach, you can ride a speed boat (15 minutes for $5) that will take you to Sihanoukville where you will have another boat ride that will take an hour or so. It will cost $7-$8 one way ticket. This depends on the weather conditions and the stops the speed boat will make. If you will ride the slow boat, it will take you a couple of hours and prices start at $5. If you aren’t in a hurry or on a budget, it would be great for you to ride the slow boat. We took the speed boat because we were in a hurry to get to Phnom Penh and it was the convenient way for us.

The weather was really bad and it was challenging to leave the boat in Sihanoukville. Good thing that staff of the boat were very helpful with all the passengers and our belongings. Once you are in the port, you will ride a free shuttle going around Sihanoukville. If you are leaving Sihanoukville, they will drive you to the bus station where they will arrange a bus ticket.

If you are heading to Phnom Penh, the bus ticket will cost you $6-$7 one way ticket. And it will include the transportation to catch the bus from the selling point. If you want to go faster, then ride a mini van which costs around $10. This will save you time. The bus ride to Phnom Penh lasts 4-5 hours. Of course your arrival time to Cambodia’s capital city will depend on the traffic.

Read here if you want to know how to travel Cambodia on a low budget, less than $400 USD/month!

If you want to read more of our adventures in Cambodia, click here to read about our stay at Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa. Or click here to read all our experience in Siem Reap where we visited Angkor temples and loved them so much!


Ruben Arribas is a Spanish traveler who has traveled more than 70+ countries around the world. He believes in travel without money. Recently, he finished a bicycle trip, 9500 km, from Madrid to North Cape.

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