Koh Rong Samloem is located off the coast of Sihanoukville in Cambodia và is still relatively unknown. The slightly larger neighboring island Koh Rong is at least known with some travelers in Asia.
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During my stay in Sihanoukville I made a day trip to Koh Rong Samloem and was absolutely thrilled by the island. Koh Rong Samloem is a small paradise that welcomes you on arrival with a dreamlike trắng sand beach & crystal clear water.
Koh Rong Samloem – still an insider tip in Cambodia
How to get lớn Koh Rong Samloem
To get lớn Koh Rong Samloem you can take the boat only. From Sihanoukville there are some boat connections to lớn the small island. Khổng lồ get lớn Sihanoukville first, you can either fly there or take the bus, for example from Phnom Penh. Flights are best found at Skyscanner.
The boats lớn the island all start at the Serendipity Beach Pier in Sihanoukville. If you already have a booking for an accommodation on Koh Rong Samloem, they often organize the transfer khổng lồ the island.
There are two daily boat trips from Sihanoukville khổng lồ Koh Rong Samloem at 8.30 A.M. And 3.00 P.M. The ride takes approximately 45 minutes with a price between $10 – $15 per trip. The prices vary slightly between high và low season (June-September).
For bus & boat schedules, times và prices, simply go to lớn a local travel agency or directly to lớn the bus or ferry terminal khổng lồ buy tickets. Another alternative would be the trang web of 12go.asia. There you can also find times, connections và buy tickets online.
If you only want to vị a day trip, you could choose the operator Sun Tours, which stops at Koh Rong Samloem & another island, Koh Tas. The trip starts around 9.30 A.M. And the price is $25. You will be back at the pier in Sihanoukville around 4.30 – 5.00 P.M. A small lunch is included in the price.
Note: There is Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem. That means you should pay attention lớn which island you really want, when buying the tickets.
Accommodation on Koh Rong Samloem – our khách sạn tip
The Sara Resort is located directly on the wonderful beach of Saracen Bay, only a few minutes away from the pier. It offers rooms and bungalows for guests, all of which are equipped with air conditioning, free wifi và a terrace. The khách sạn also has a lounge, bar & restaurant, where you can have your breakfast with a sea view in the morning.
More hotels on Koh Rong Samloem in Saracen cất cánh (or on other beaches lượt thích M’Pay Bay) can be found here.
1. Snorkeling at Koh Tas
We did the day trip with Sun Tours & boarded the boat at 9.30 A.M. The trip started around 10.00 A.M. & then we drove about 1 ½ hours past many of the 32 islands that lie off the coast of Sihanoukville.
The boat anchored off the coast of Koh Tas for another hour and all the guests could go swimming, snorkeling or jumping from the boat’s upper floors into the ocean.
The water in front of Koh Tas was dreamlike. Very turquoise và clear, however, the underwater world was not really filled with life. There were lots of sea urchins, but we could only spot a few fish. Also, the water had heated up pretty much và was not cooling down as we hoped.
2. Arrival on Koh Rong Samloem
After snorkeling and swimming in front of Koh Tas we had a lunch búp phê on the boat during the rest of the trip khổng lồ Koh Rong Samloem. Various noodle & rice dishes, some chicken, vegetables and bread. Although not the very best food, it is enough lớn be satisfied.
To Koh Rong Samloem perhaps a 45 minute drive was before us & the island was already on the horizon. While swimming in front of Koh Tas was quite nice, I was excited lớn finally visit the paradise beaches I’ve seen on pictures.
Even the arrival at the Saracen Bay, where the boat docked at the pier, was fantastic. White gorgeous sand as well as turquoise & crystal clear water. That’s what I was looking for.
3. Saracen Bay
There are 3 beaches or bays on Koh Rong Samloem. The first cất cánh with an amazing beach is the Saracen Bay.
This is where almost all boats arrive & most of the accommodations are right here on the beach. It is also the place where the most is going on. Nevertheless, it is still very quiet và idyllic since there aren’t many visitors at all.
In addition to lớn the accommodations, there are a few small bars và restaurants, that are often attached to the bungalows. Furthermore, there is a small police station và apart from that just a peaceful tropical ocean environment. Perfect lớn enjoy a few quiet days on a true paradise island.
4. Lazy Beach
From the Saracen cất cánh you can walk across the island lớn the second beach, the Lazy Beach. It is a short way through the jungle of the island. There you can also meet monkeys or snakes. As there are no roads on Koh Rong Samloem, there is nothing left to bởi but walking.
Depending on how fast you walk, it takes you 20 to 30 minutes across the island. The Lazy Beach is still a lot calmer than the Saracen Bay và there is not much going on. If you want lớn stay overnight, you have the opportunity to lớn stay at the Lazy Beach Bungalows. Awesome small bungalows right on the beach. Tranquility & seclusion guaranteed.
Otherwise, there is not much to vị at the Lazy Beach, which is not the worst thing if you want khổng lồ relax and rest a few days. You can go for a swim, exercise in the “open-air gym” or grab some food in the restaurant on site.
5. M’Pay Bay
The third bay of the island is the M’Pay Bay. Another small bay with a village & a fantastic beach, which is also very quiet and relaxed. Since I was only on a day trip on Koh Rong Samloem, I unfortunately could not visit this bay. But I will catch up on this next time & for the sake of completeness I wanted to mention it anyway.
I expected Koh Rong Samloem to lớn be like paradise & it definitely met my expectations. It is a dreamlike, quiet island và I will come back one day for sure. Of course that won’t be for a day trip & I will probably stay a couple of days on the island.
To get lớn know the island or if your time is limited, I can totally recommend a day trip from Sihanoukville. It is absolutely worth it!Have you ever been khổng lồ Koh Rong Samloem? Did you lượt thích it? Which islands nearby can you recommend? Leave us some feedback below!
Thanks for the invitation khổng lồ the Tourism Authorities of Cambodia and Thailand, who made this day trip possible. Opinions and recommendations are, as always, our own and we were not influenced by the invitation.