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Koh Rong Samloem Travel Guide

Koh Rong Samloem Travel Guide

Gorgeous islands are the reason why tourists come to Sihanoukville every day. There are lots of beautiful islands around this city. Particularly, Koh Rong Island and Koh Rong Samloem Island are the two biggest and the most famous ones. Both of the islands are well-known for the deep blue seawater and white sandy beaches.

How to get to Koh Rong Samloem

There are several transportations to Koh Rong from Sihanoukville, such as a helicopter, private boat, and ferries. However, the cheapest and most popular way to get there is by one of the Koh Rong ferries. The journey to Koh Rong can vary from 20 minutes to 3 hours depending on means of transport.

Koh Rong Samloem Travel Guide
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The boat departs at 9h30 and will stop for passengers to dive for 40minutes. You will arrive in Koh Rong Samloem Island at 1p.m. In the return trip, you will have a chance to experience a big 3-floor boat and this boat departs at 3h30p.m. You can stay on the island how long you want and remember to save the passenger coupon for the return trip.

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Tickets can be bought at the Serendipity Beach Pier, or at over 300 hotels, restaurants and travel agents around SihanoukVille.

Boat time table from SihanoukVille

For more information about boat time table, you can learn more here.

Getting around Koh Rong Samloem Island

Getting around the island is by foot or by boat only at this point. You can walk along the beaches, on jungle paths, or rent a boat to take you around, starting at $20

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Koh Rong Samloem has 2 beaches; front beach and rear beach. The front beach offers more hotels and resorts than the rear beach and it is also a great place for enjoying the sunrise.

Beach Bungalow in Koh Rong Samloem Island

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Easy Tiger Bungalows


  • Dorms 1m bed $6 per night
  • Dorms 1.2m bed $7 per night
  • Double from $12
  • Bungalow from $25
  • Long stays welcomed at reduced rates
  • Ataman's Bungalows
  • Rumi Bungalows
  • Ecosea Dive Bungalows
  • The Edge Bungalow Resort
  • Harmony Bungalows
  • Sunset Bungalows

What to do in Koh Rong Samloem Island

There are lots of recreational activities to relax on the island, including swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, chilling on the beach and playing games. Especially, strolling around Koh Rong Samloem to visit local villages, old lighthouse, beautiful waterfall and green mangroves will be a great experience to remember. Besides, you may enjoy kayaking, mountain biking and jungle trekking for more adventurous feeling.

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Scuba Diving on Koh Rong Samloem

There are lots of companies offering safe and good scuba diving service. You can find and find some PADI certification courses here.

Koh Rong Samloem Travel Guide
Photo by Mr & Mrs Backpacker


Kayaks can be rented from The Beach Island Resort. Rental fee is $10.00 for the first hour and $5.00 for each additional hour. You can take up some organized tours from 8.00am to 1.00pm explore mangroves trees, the rocky island, a fishing village, a white sandy beach and the beautiful natural waterfall. The cost for the 4-hour tour is $ 25.00

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Mountain Biking

Koh Rong Samloem Travel Guide
Photo by Andy Armstrong

The Beach Island Resort offers 3 Mountain Bike Tours
Saracen Bay to Lazy Beach Tour

  • 2 Hours - $ 15.00 - Depart 9.00am or 1.00pm
  • Saracen Bay to The Waterfall Tour
  • 2 Hours - $ 15.00 - Depart 9.00am or 1.00pm
  • Saracen Bay to Lighthouse Beach Jungle Tour
  • 5 Hours - $ 25.00 - Depart 8.00am

Jungle Trekking

Paths crossing from one side of the island to the other offer great trekking opportunities to explore resident wildlife on the island.

The Beach Island Resort offers an organized 2-hour guided trek that departs at 4.30pm at $ 5.00

Travel Tips:

  • There are no ATMs on the island so don’t forget to bring enough cash to last you.
  • These small black flies like to bite and leave itchy red marks that can irritate for days. You should bring along some good strong repellant with DEET and apply it before you hit the beach.
  • In high season (starting November 1), you should book accommodation in advance. Prices are high and fill up fast
  • It is recommended to reserve your Speed Ferry return tickets. You can only buy open returns on the mainland.

Koh Rong Samloem Travel Guide
Photo by branstonoriginal

All the bungalows on Koh Rong Samloem Island have their own preferred boat trips. If it's not included in the price of a bungalow, it's usually $15 to $30 for a round trip.

Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem Islands are 2 similar sized islands, right next to each other, about 17 KM from SihanoukVille, Cambodia.

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My name’s Catherine, you can call me Kate. I love animals, writing and travelling.I started my Asian journey since 2003; and I have been nearly 20 countries so far. The more I go, the more I fall in love with this incredible continent. It has a unique beauty and distinctive culture that never fully explored. This’s why there are many countries I still keep coming back over and over again. I’m here to share with you my fun, sad or even scared memory on my backpacking trails. Hope it works on you!

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