About Koh Rong
Located just off the coast of Sihanoukville, Cambodia, Koh Rong is famous for its serene beauty. Often described as an ‘island paradise’ by visiting tourists, the island boasts pristine white sandy beaches, warm crystal-clear ocean waters, and a hot tropical climate. Here’s all the latest information on Koh Rong’s beaches, tourism, history, geography, villages, and celebrity status.
There are many spectacular tourist locations on Koh Rong. The main tourist beach (Koh Touch) creates a vibrant party atmosphere, with lots of hotels, bars, and night clubs. The quiet, less-busier beaches (e.g. Long Set Beach, Lonely Beach, and Palm Beach) are more relaxing destinations.
Over the past year there have been some major changes in how to get to Koh Rong and its sister island Koh Rong Samloem – From much faster ferry services from Sihanoukville to Koh Rong, to more convenient flights into Sihanoukville, to the first cross-country train, it has never been easier to get to the beautiful islands.
Most people visit Koh Rong between the middle of November and the start of May, as during these months there are beautiful hot days (25°C – 40°C) with very little cloud and low humidity.
Whether you want to lie back, unwind, and admire the magnificent views, swim in the warm refreshing ocean, explore the exotic wildlife, learn the historic Khmer culture, or party till the sun comes up, the breathtaking island of Koh Rong will give you memories for a lifetime!
Villages on Koh Rong
There are four village communities on Koh Rong: Koh Touch (south-east), Prek Svay (north-east), Daem Thkov (Sangkat village) (east), and Sok San (west). Most locals live from fishing (70%) and small scale crop cultivation (30%). As of 2019, tourist businesses outnumber residential homes on Koh Touch.
The Geography of Koh Rong
Koh Rong (also romanized as Kaôh Rong or Kos Rong) is the second largest island of Cambodia, having an area of approximately 78 km². 43km of Koh Rong’s 61km coastline are beaches (there are over 23 individual beaches that vary in length and colour, some of which have now been developed for tourism.
The island is located in the Gulf of Thailand, about 25km (16mi) off the coast of Sihanoukville. It is based in commune (Sangkat) No. 5, or Sangkat Koh Rong of the Mittakpheap district in Sihanoukville Province.
The terrain on Koh Rong is predominantly hilly, with a 316m mountain (1,037ft) in the north-west. Most of the island’s interior is covered in jungle forestry, with several waterfalls, bays, capes, and sandstone rock formations adding to the wonderful scenery. Take a look at this video for some beautiful scenes of Koh.
xposed to the weather and open sea, the south side of Koh Rong is particularly beautiful, while the east side is characterized by smooth hills that gently slope towards the crescent-shaped beaches, inlets, and bays.
Koh Rong Archipelago
Koh Rong’s neighbouring islands include Koh Tuich in the south-east, the twin islands of Koh Bong-Po’own (Koh Song-Saa) in the north-east, and Koh Koun and Koh Rong Samloem in the south. These five islands make up the Sangkat Koh Rong (or Commune 5 of Mittakpheap District).
About Koh Rong Saloem
Located just off the coast of Sihanoukville, Cambodia, Koh Rong Samloem is Koh Rong’s stunning sister island. It is a peaceful relaxing destination with breathtaking scenery – Pristine white beaches, clear turquoise ocean waters, and a tropical jungle wilderness. A real ‘island paradise’ – As it is often called by tourists. Here’s all the information on Koh Rong Samloem’s beaches, tourism, history, geography, and villages.
There are many spectacular tourist locations on Koh Rong Samloem. The main tourist beach, Saracen Bay, creates a quiet lad-back atmosphere with several resorts along its front. Experience a little bit of culture at M’Pai Bay, or isolate yourself with a Robinson Crusoe style experience at Lazy Beach and Sunset Beach.
Most people visit Koh Rong Saloem between the middle of November and the start of May, as during these months there are beautiful hot days (25°C – 40°C) with very little cloud and low humidity.
Whether you want to lie back, unwind, and admire the magnificent views, swim in the warm refreshing ocean, explore the exotic wildlife, or learn the historic Khmer culture, the mesmerising island of Samloem is your perfect destination.
Villages on Koh Rong Samloem
There are two local villages on Koh Rong Samloem: M’Pai Bay (in the north) and Koh Rong Sanloem Phumi Kang Khnong (in the south). There is also a small hamlet in the south-west (called Phumi Kang Krau, which translate to ‘Village on the outside’). Most locals live from fishing (70%) and small scale crop cultivation (30%).
There used to be a very basic road network on the island which was built during the French Protectorate. Now however, the roads are barely visible and have been overgrown with vegetation. A reminder of this era is a light house in the south. This has been turned into a small tourist attraction and can be reached by foot via a 1 hour jungle walk.
Wildlife on Koh Rong Samloem
There is a lot of spectacular wildlife on Koh Rong Samloem, including one group of monkeys that can sometimes be spotted during the Jungle Trail walk, and dazzling wild birds like the great hornbill, the kingfisher and the osprey.
Small reefs and the rocky surfaces of the sea waters are home to a fantastic variety of marine species. Divers and snorkelers regularly emphasize the abundance of delicate miniature eco-systems, seahorses, and nudibranches.
The Geography of Koh Rong Samloem
Koh Rong Samloem (also romanized as Kaoh Rong Sanloem) is located in the Gulf of Thailand, about 25km (16mi) off the coast of Sihanoukville and 4km (2mi) south of Koh Rong Island (a short 20 minute ferry trip away.
Koh Rong Samloem is roughly 9km long (north to south), 4km wide (east to west), and 1km wide at its narrowest point. The terrain on Koh Rong Samloem is mainly hilly, with a few medium-sized mountains and a maximum height of 210m (689ft) in the north-west.
Most of the island’s interior is covered in jungle forestry, with the coastline being characterised by sandstone rock formations and several beautiful beaches (there are three yellow sand beaches on the island’s western coast, 2 of which have been developed to accommodate tourism – Lazy Beach and Sunset Beach. The eastern side of Koh Rong Samloem is characterised by bays and headlands. This side faces towards the mainland and is less affected by weather conditions and the monsoon. Take a look at this video for some beautiful scenes of Koh Rong Samloem’s landscape:
A fantastic feature of the island is the 3km crescent shaped Saracen Bay Beach. The beautiful bay got its name from a British survey brig, HMS Saracen, that charted the area in the late 19th century. This is now the main tourist area on the island (see above).
To the north of Koh Rong Samloem is the uninhabited island ‘Koh Koun’, followed by its stunning sister island Koh Rong.