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You say white beaches, blue seas, veggie restaurants, cozy beach bars and a lot of cool people, I say Koh Rong. I can’t compare the vibe on Koh Rong to anything else. Are we sad we aren’t on Koh Rong at the moment? YUP. Lots of fun guaranteed, but not sure yet what to do in Koh Rong? Say no more, fam. I got u.
Since it’s such a chill island and since Cambodia isn’t the most touristy country in the world, there’s not a lot to do culturally. But they try and compensate with other activities. Koh Rong is what the Thai islands were 10-15 years ago. So if Thailand is too busy for ya, Koh Rong (and Koh Rong Samloem) is the way to go. Let this Koh Rong travel guide be your guide!
1/ Beach hanging
Koh Rong has about 23 beaches, and they are all white and they all have a blue sea. Koh Rong Touch is the busiest and most popular since it’s next to the pier and there are plenty of restaurants and bars. Sok San Beach is also worth a visit.
2/ Swimming with plankton
SO COOL! It does involve going into the sea when it’s pitch black outside so it’s creepy as hell buttttt… the plankton lights up in the water, with every move you make. It’s like your body is covered with Christmas lights. It’s only $5 if you go by a group, which I recommend because like I said, creepaaaay.
Hooray, fishes. Corals, sea urchins, all kinds of fish: they are so easy to spot in Koh Rong. You can rent swimming goggles etc in many places for $2 and off you go.
4/ Boat tour
Either you’re super venturous and full of energy and you arrange to see everything yourself, or you’re lazy and do a boot tour. Nice to meet you! We went on a trip with Adventure Adam. They do different tours every time. Prepare for a day of snorkeling, waterfalls, visiting a village, sunset on Long Beach, campfires and so on.
5/ Koh Rong Samloem
If Koh Rong is still too crowded for you, Koh Rong Samloem is also an option. Take a boat and you arrive 15 minutes later ($5). It’s verrrrry bounty paradise, but also a bit more primitive. Hippies, you’re gonna luuuuv it.
6/ Food & drinks
Bars and restaurants on Koh Touch got it going for themselves. It’s always bustling, crowded and sociable. The quality of the food is mehhh, but good enough. Some nice spots: Rising Sun (veggie), Da Matti (Italian) and Skybar and Coco for drinks.
Good to know:
- How to get to Koh Rong: by boat. Boats leave every day from Sihanoukville and an open return ticket costs +/- $20.
- There are a looooot of beach flies on Koh Rong. You gon’ get bitten – at least if you hang out on the beach at twilight or in the dark.
- If you’re staying near Koh Touch Beach, you will not experience much of it, but electricity is not quite hip and happening on the entire island. It may be that you don’t have light at night, for example. On Koh Rong Samloem it’s ‘worse’: there are only a few bars that offer WiFi.
- Do not swim close to the pier at Koh Touch!! A lot of people get sick afterward.
So, now you know what to do in Koh Rong. Have fun! It’s one of my favorite places in Asia. While you’re in Cambodia, be sure to check out Angkor Wat. I’ve got all your questions answered, right hurrr.