Cambodia‘s second-largest island was undiscovered until relatively recently. Today the island of Koh Rong, off the Sihanoukville coast, has a deserved reputation as a party island. But there are still plenty of isolated beaches and other hidden treasures that will appeal to even the most experienced travellers who think they’ve seen it all.
Most travellers stay in beach bungalows and guesthouses at Koh Tuich Village, but be warned things can get pretty wild here after dark! So, you’re best to base yourself at the quieter end of the beach if you’re looking for some quiet time.
Koh Rong has 43 km of white sandy beaches – 23 to choose from in total, ranging from ‘party central’ at Koh Touch Beach to the blissfully isolated Long Beach. The hike to Long Beach takes around 45-50 minutes through dense jungle – it’s a real adventure! Make sure you pack insect repellent and plenty of water as it gets pretty hot.
Since you’re surrounded by crystal clear waters, why not give diving or snorkelling a go? There are over 15 dive sites nearby and the island’s dive centre runs courses for all abilities. The water here is phosphorescent (it glows in the dark), so diving or snorkelling after sunset makes for a magical experience!
One of the best things about Koh Rong is that the island has no roads, so you’ll be doing a lot of walking. This means packing your comfiest shoes is essential! You’ll find plenty of walking and hiking trails to explore, as well as dense jungle where you can spot the local wildlife.
We love the Blob Jump for something a little out of the ordinary! Head for the end of Sok San Beach pier and you can jump from a height of around six metres onto a partially-inflated air bag (or ‘blob’) on the water. Move down to the opposite end and a friend will jump on the blob, launching you up into the air for a rather wet landing!
If you’re looking to experience one of Cambodia‘s legendary full moon parties, take the shuttle to Koh Rong Samloem, where you can dance until dawn at Saracen Bay’s all-night raves. Koh Rong is a great destination for active types and anyone looking to party, but its laid-back charm means it’s a great spot for a chilled-out trip too.
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