About Koh Rong Island
Koh Rong is a true island paradise with pristine white beaches and turquoise water.
For years the island was almost completely undeveloped save for a diving outfit and a few bungalows on either side of the island.
Then, in late 2010 and early 2011, a number of new operations opened up, as well as regular boats to the island. But with only seven sets of bungalows on the 78 square kilometre island, it still has an almost-deserted feel to it with just enough going on to make it comfortable.
The island is truly gorgeous, and well worth the two hour boat trip from Sihanoukville. There are seven bays on the island, all with fish and marine-life crowded waters, making for great snorkelling and diving.
KohRong has 43 kilometres of beaches, but the majority of the new accommodation is on the southeast. One of the most beautiful beaches is known as 7K beach, after the farmer who lives there growing cashews, coconuts and mangoes. No one has built any temporary accommodation on 7K Beach because it’s thought it will be the first one to be developed.
KohRong can be reached by ferry from the mainland town of Sihanoukville. The ferry takes about 2 hours and leaves twice a day, one at 8am and the second at 2pm. The ferry back to the mainland also runs twice a day and leaves at 10am and 4pm. A return ticket will cost about $10 and they can be booked through Koh Rong Island Travel, located at Golden Lion Circle, Serendipity Beach Road in Sihanoukville.
There are no roads on KohRong so the best way to get around is on foot, over the years many trails have been marked out. As most of the island is still covered in thick jungle please ask a member of staff about the trails before heading off. You can also access other parts of the island by long tail boat, run by the local villagers they provide day, fishing and sunset trips.
With 28 white sand beaches to choose from KohRong 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.