Is Koh Rong only for the gap year party crowd?


Koh Rong has started to get something of a reputation of being all about the younger backpackers, hedonistically heading to their own backpackers haven, where they are keen to get off their heads to the detriment of anyone else who might fancy a night’s sleep. Looking through a selection of online reviews and forums, the terms ‘Koh Wrong’ and ‘So Wrong’ have been thrown around.

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The general perception you might find from the net about Koh Rong is a bombardment of buckets, bongs and banging music that goes on til the sun comes up. That it’s only for teenagers and twenty somethings who mostly hang out with other people exactly like them, get exceedingly high and listen to dubstep whilst ignoring anything about the local culture, and then tell everyone about how awesome Cambodia is. It does seem to be taking over the spot that Vang Vieng used to occupy on the travel trail, and also a place that backpackers find ‘work’ for a couple of months, it doesn’t look that much like hard work of course.

So is that all there is to Koh Rong? Well that scene is there if that’s what you want, but that’s not all there is to the island. And the last time I was there it wasn’t very full on at all – there weren’t that many people at the bars to be honest and most people were just sitting around chatting, but this was in low season though.

But no, that’s not all there is to do on Koh Rong. Firstly, everything referred to in the above description is only in Koh Touch village, which is a tiny part of the island as a whole. If you choose to stay anywhere else at all then you will be far enough away from it to render Koh Touch as invisible. And the island is a massive place, approximately as large as Hong Kong Island. Other experiences on Koh Rong are:

Stay at an isolated resort. Stay at Romdoul Bungalows, Broken Heart Guest House or Pura Vita and its entirely different experience of the sound of waves and trees swaying. The crickets can be a bit noisy though.

Overnight boat trip. Coco’s and the dive center sometimes have a two day boat trip that circumnavigates the island. This includes a barbeque evening meal on the beach and breakfast the next day. A group of around 20 people leave on the boat and the accommodation is in basic tents right on an isolated beach. It was a lot of fun but you need to prepare to rough it and not expect any luxury, its camping in the wild.

Scuba Diving. Koh Rong dive center has a daily trip to two dive sites every day, with the choice of dive sites being determined by weather conditions. Sometimes there is a liveaboard trip to a more distant dive site these are irregular and only in the high season.

The beach party is there if you want it, but you can find your own way on Koh Rong. The rep it has is maybe a bit unfair, since its only one small town on a largely unspoilt island that is like that at all



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Padi Open Water Dive Course


Minimum Requirements: 10 Years Old +

Open Water Diver is the first course to make you an independent diver. With the Padi Open Water Diver course you will get a certification for life time.

You will get the education and tools which allows you to dive up to 18 meters deep, which is deep enough to enjoy some of the world’s most beautiful dive sites.

The Padi Open Water Diver course takes 4 days

The Padi Open Water Diver course includes:

  • Dive Theory
  • Confined Water Diving and Skills
  • 4 Open Water Dive
  • Course completed in  4 Days
  • Course includes full equipment rental, tuition materials and certification.  Boat dives include lunch and refreshments.

Cost: $430 over 4 days

More Information:

The Padi Open Water Diver course takes 4 days and the price includes all course materials, certification fee, lunch on the boat and refreshments. We do however advise that you arrive on the island the day before you are due to start your course to allow you time to settle in and relax.

You will be trained in a small group of maximum 4 students to 1 instructor. If you book and receive confirmation in advance you can start your course on any day at your convenience.

We dive mostly around Koh Rong Island about 2 hours offshore of Sihanouk Ville. Koh Rong is one of the biggest islands of Cambodia with 28 unspoiled beaches. Only a very small part of it is starting to develop now and the rest is still remaining natural.

We are very confident that you will experience a high quality of training at Koh Rong Dive Center.

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If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact our island office directly using the following form. We will answer your request asap, but not longer than 48 hours.


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What do SCUBA divers worry about during their diving holidays


There are several things, scuba divers worry during their diving holidays. Amongst other more personal things the next four points could be interesting for all our customers and visitors.

  • the weather
  • loose their diving equipment at the airport – missing luggage
  • bankruptcy of the diving company
  • medical care
SCUBA dive holidays in Cambodia
SCUBA dive holidays in Cambodia

The weather is a very important issue during your SCUBA diving holidays

Koh Rong Island is located at the coast of Sihanouk Ville in Cambodia. During the rainy season Cambodia suffer from high humidity and oppressive heat. The rainy season lasts from June to October, with an average rainfall of 1600 mm and high temperatures (average July temperature of 28 °). Most rain falls on the mountain slopes that are facing the Gulf of Thailand.

From May to September the wind comes mainly from the southeast while during the winter time and the dry season the wind comes from north and northeast. The dry season from December to April is characterized by high temperatures and an average of eight hours of sunlight per day.

The best months to visit Cambodia is from November to April. This is also the best time to schedule your diving holidays.
At our right sidebar you can have a short impression about the weather at Koh Rong Island. If you need more details please visit the independent website world weather online.

Cambodia climate table

climate table - click to enlarge
climate table – click to enlarge

As you can see, the safest month for your diving holidays are December until March.

Missing Luggage

What a nightmare, you fly thousands of miles and finally the aircraft staff lost your luggage.

“Kiss your diving holidays goodbye” are your first thoughts.

Not with us, because we do have rental equipment. If you had booked your scuba diving trips with us we are pleased to help you. And most of the time our courses include the diving equipment anyway.

We do have SCUBA diving equipment for you.
We do have SCUBA diving equipment for you.

We do have SCUBA diving equipment for you.

Bankruptcy of the diving company

What can we say, nobody is perfect. But in our case it is slightly different. We split our business into different alone standing business. So there is a travel agency in our group as well as a Ferry service to the islands. Further do we run two guest-houses and resorts and this diving school.
We can say that it is very hard to put the Koh Rong Dive Center out of business.
And remember – you do not need to pay the full amount at the booking, a serious deposit will keep both of us happy and trustful.

Medical care

We agree, it not seems to look very trustful in the Cambodian hospitals, but Sihanouk Ville is the main City at the Gulf of Siam. It contain a large harbor and seaport. Therefor the medical care is one of the best and experienced with accidents on sea. But even if this should not be enough. Sihanouk Ville has an airport to carry you fast to Phnom Penh or even to Bangkok.

The cost of the medical care, should be covered by your travel insurance. But please make sure that your insurance did not exclude SCUBA Diving. If so, find another insurance and make sure your diving holidays are covered in it’s policy.

More issues?

We hope we could help you to think different about your SCUBA diving holidays in Cambodia. But whenever you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Please enjoy your SCUBA diving holidays in Cambodia

We wish you a pleasant and relaxing SCUBA dive holiday.

Enjoy your Scuba holiday
Enjoy your Scuba holiday
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