Koh Rong Island is a Cambodian Island in the Gulf of Thailand, at about 40km off the coastline of Sihanoukville. Actually, the island is undeveloped, untouched and deserted. It’s a magic formula island. Nonetheless, it will be soon one of the famous touristic locations of Cambodia. The island is obviously the most amazing island in the Kompong Som Region. A snowdrift bay, included in superior and turquoise drinking water, exercises on several kilometers. Koh Rong Island is a Cambodian Island in the Gulf of Thailand, at about 40km from the coastline of Sihanoukville. Actually, the island is undeveloped, untouched and deserted. It’s a magic formula island. Nonetheless, it will be soon one of the famous touristic places of Cambodia. The island is obviously the most amazing island in the Kompong Som Region.
Koh Rong can be reached by a ferry ride from Sihanoukville. The ferry itself is pretty basic and there are no proper chairs on the ferries. You can find benches on either aspect of the ferry, departing the middle part to be utilized for luggage, while some enterprising vacationers use the region to loosen up and catch an instant snooze. Be sure you bring a headwear and shades for the trip and use sunscreen if required. The ferries usually leave each day on the island from Sihanoukville, and execute a return trip in the evening, so that it will be sun-drenched. As of this moment, drinking water is not sold on the ferry and neither are snack foods or other beverages. It might be smart to bring some with you, particularly if you are exploring with children. There is certainly a tiny bathroom up to speed the ferry which appears to be clean and in good working condition.
To table and disembark from the ferry you will need to walk on an averagely sized plank of wood connecting the pier to the ferry. The process is not very efficient and can be a little scary the first time you try it, so bear this in mind if you have any foot injuries, have special needs etc.
Currently, ferries run to two opposite sides of the island.
1) The Dive Shop and Monkey Island ferries leave Sihanoukville at 8 am and 2 pm. The Sailboat is coming back at 10 am and 4 pm from the island to Sihanoukville by May 2013. This ferry won’t take you to Sok-San bungalows, which is on the far side of the island. These ferries take around two hours. Additionally, there is now an easy ferry taking any 40 minutes and vacationing four times per day. The fast ferry costs $26 come back.
2) Similarly, Sok-San bungalows operate a ferry service which leaves Sihanoukville at 9 am roughly, but this ferry won’t take you aside of the island where Monkey Island bungalows, Treehouse bungalows, Heaven bungalows, Pura Vita, etc. are situated.
Ensure that you are sure that the ferry you are booked to consider will drop you off at the destination. There were instances of holiday resort owners refusing to let guests take watercraft to the other aspect of the island (Sok-San to Monkey Island etc.), and insisting that you stick to their beach. Also, if you are on a timetable ensure that you reach the pier for your come back as the ferry is first to come first serve and there is not always space.
All services cost $5 come back; prices are nearer to $20 by Nov ’13. However, if you discover which you have finished up at a different place from where you arrived on the island, you can still capture a trip on the come back ferries if indeed they have room. You’ll be billed for an individual trip from the island to Sihanoukville.
Also note that all ferry tickets include a ride to and from the main town area in Sihanoukville, so you should not have to pay extra for the same.
GET AROUND KOH RONG ISLAND
You will find no roads on the island yet so the only way to get around is on foot. The walking man of Koh Rong (an Israeli guy called Gil) has marked trails that lead from the beach closest to Monkey Island and Paradise Bungalows to other beaches but most of the island is still thick jungle. Gil knows the hidden trails of the island very well and offers trecking tours from 1 to 4 days (cost ca. 10 USD per day per person and is worth every dollar). The only other option is to hire a local fishing boat to take you around the Island.
WHAT TO SEE IN KOH RONG ISLAND
With 23 white fine sand beaches to choose from Koh Rong has plenty to see and do. For the adventurous, there’s plenty of trekking to be done through the relatively untouched jungle. Diving and snorkeling are excellent both off the beach and at sites nearby. But above all the best attraction is the phosphorescent water which sparkles when disturbed like twinkling stars. Best seen in around 4 feet of water and on a dark part of the beach. Because Koh Rong has minimal development and light pollution the conditions are perfect for the phosphorescent plankton and it can be seen every single night.
Be sure to head to Long Beach, either by foot through the jungle or by longtail boat.
Snorkeling. Various places and people will offer snorkeling trips on their long tail boats. Native Khmer guides, while cheaper, will most likely be unable to communicate with you in English and will just point to things. $10-$20.