Koh Rong Saloem in Cambodia is famous for its stunning beaches with white sand, golden sunshine that becoming a paradise for many travelers. If you are planning to visit this island, let’s take a look some travel guides below in order to have a perfect holiday.
Best time to visit and transportation
Koh Rong Saloem is about 20km from Sihanoukville. The ideal time to travel Koh Rong Saloem is from April to August and two weeks before starting your journey, you should book in advance hotel and transportation.
From Sihanoukville, you can get to Koh Rong Saloem Isalnd by party boat or speed boat. Party boat is suitable for those who want to travel Koh Rong Saloem 2 days or more. The boat usually departs from 9:30am and returns at 3:30pm and takes about 2.5 hours to reach the island. Round-trip fare is $ 25. This boat also offers many attractive services such as jumping from the highest cabin, snorkeling, dining, etc.
Speed boat: Suitable for those who only have one day in Koh Rong Saloem. It takes about 40 minutes to reach the island. You can buy tickets at the Serendipity wharf, Sihanoukville. The boat departs at and returns at 11am in the next morning. Ticket price is $15/person/way. There is no activity on the boat.
Where to stay
Koh Rong Saloem Island is still a pristine island so there are a few hotels and hostels were built. However, the highlight of the hotels here is that they feature the small wooden buildings and tree houses. Most of the island’s hotels in the island are opened and managed by Westerners. If you do not want to stay at a hotel or resort, you can bring tents to camping.
The Beach Resort, Ataman, Saracen Bay ad Freedom are resorts in the island. There is a natural waterfall in the Freedom resort so they have built small ponds, getting water from this waterfall, where guests can boat soak and immerse in nature. The resort also offers diving area and diving lessons if you want to try.
The Beach Resort is also an idea place to stay, near Robinson Beach. You have to cross a forest before reaching to the beach where Huba Huba bungalows were built. Huba Huba features small wooden bungalows, each bungalow has a staircase leading to the terrace in which you can enjoy a stunning view. The price is about $15/night.
Other hotels in the island you can choose: Natural Bungalow Resort, Greenblue Resort, Lazy Beach Resort, Cita Bunglow and Talu.
What to see and do
Some beautiful tourist attractions you can visit in the island are beaches, lighthouse, primeval forest, M’Pay Bay fishing village,… ; entertainment services you can participate: sightseeing tour of primeval forest, boat trip around island and visit fishing village, snorkeling, fishing and beach BBQ.
Koh Rong Saloem is the best suitable for tourists who want to relax. You can use the free chairs, swings, tree houses, hammocks at the beach, or even go to any restaurants to take a rest without ordering.
Discovering cuisine in Koh Rong Saloem: You can eat at any restaurant on the island. Most of restaurants in here serve European dishes costing $3 to $7 and cocktails costing $2 to $4. Because there are no local people living so you can only eat at the restaurants located in the resorts on the island. The food are mainly western dishes, the most popular dishes are seafood BBQ, Khmer dishes and cocktail.
- People on the island mainly speak English so you don’t need worry about language
- Both USD and Riel are acceptable on the island
- Remember to bring flashlights, sunscreen and insect repellent
- Bring fast food and snacks if you want to save money
- You should stay overnight on Koh Rong Samloem because the night is very vibrant with party and fireworks.
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