Koh Rong is a name of Cambodia islands. There are two islands exactly. The first one called Koh Rong itself, and another one called Koh Rong Sanloem.
For backpackers, they prefer Koh Rong Sanloem because the hotel price is cheaper than Koh Rong. But both islands offer the same good beach and clear blue sea water.
To reach there, you need to go to Sihanoukville first. Then take the boat to the island. I wrote an introduction to the island here: Koh Rong – an introducing guide to one of the best Cambodia islands
Top things to do in Koh Rong
We all have the same purpose when we go to the beach: having a good relaxing time. You can swim, stay under the sun, have a few drinks or maybe read some books.
But there are also some interesting activities that you might want to consider:
1. Explore the island
Kong Rong has a very clear blue sea you might not yet see elsewhere. You can explore by yourself or book a day tour with Adventure Adam. They have different packages for you to choose from. You can choose to go a full day exploring the island with them or 3 hours of finishing.
They have western safety standard and years of experiences. They will make your stay more active and enjoyable.
2. Diving – See under sea world
Diving might be one of scaring things to do for some people. I myself never dive either. But if you are a kind of adventure guy, you can try the diving with Koh Rong Dive Center.
They are the professional divers that will provide you training and you will become a certified diver as well.
3. High Point Adventure
This is definitively not for everyone but if you are sportive and like to climb, jumping from one tree to another like monkeys, this is for you.
The service is offered by High Point Koh Rong Adventure park, built by professional climbers and always assure the safety of the customers. You will have a lot of fun for sure.
As it is an island, the boat is your only choice to move around. As I mentioned earlier, to reach Koh Rong, you need to go to Sihanoukville first, then you can take the speed boat from Sihanoukville to Koh Rong that would take about 40 minutes. This is the official duration. Please bear in mind, there’s a lot of chances the trip might take longer or you might be picked up a bit late.
This is because it’s a shared boat by many other tourists who will be picked up from different places and will be dropped off at the different part of the island, depending on the hotel they booked. You might be the one who will be picked up or dropped off first or you might be the last one. But don’t take it seriously, soon or later you will reach the destination.
Make sure you enjoy the journey!
I would recommend you book the smaller boat such as Buva Sea or Island Speed Boat Cambodia rather than a big boat like Speed Ferry Cambodia. But you need to know if you take a small boat, you might have more vibration by the wave of the sea. If you are comfortable with the wave, take the small one. If not, take the big one but you need to be aware of they will stop in many areas.
If you are on a budget or doing backpacking, you can afford any hotel at Koh Rong Sanloem. If you have enough budget, I would recommend Sok San Beach or The Royal Sand or if you want a luxury hotel, go for Song Saa Private Island.
All hotels and guest houses will offer food directly for your convenience. There’s no restaurant or market there. Just islands, jungle, hotels, sea and sun.
Enjoy your seafood there!