Island Koh Rong Samloem is a beautiful island in southern Cambodia, located in the Gulf of Siam opposite the coastal city of Sihanoukville. This island is surrounded with beautiful tropical beaches, white sand, clear sea and lush nature.
Cambodia’s Koh Rong Samloem is the ideal destination for those who are looking for a quiet, noise-free vacation with little modern tourist services. Sound Koh Rong Samloem do not want to lose their inherent tranquility, so there will be no cars or tuk-tuks on this island.
In the evening, electricity will only be available for a few hours and there is not much activity at night. But this place is perfect for visitors to relax and forget their busy life.
How to get to Koh Rong Samloem?
You can reach Koh Rong Samloem by ferry from Sihanoukville. There are 5 ferry services that can take you to Koh Rong Samloem. The trip takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour and costs US$15. Ferry schedules often change, so the easiest way to know the exact departure time is when you’re nearing Sihanoukville. You can buy tickets at the pier counter or online.
Among the things to do in Koh Rong Samloem, in addition to relaxing at the beach, you can also explore the island, admire the beautiful nature with rich vegetation and dense forests. Other very popular activities on the island are diving and snorkeling to admire the beautiful sea floor here.
Saracen Bay is the main area of the island. This is where all ferries come in. Saracen is a beautiful beach stretching 3km, with white sand and crystal clear sea. Around the beach are restaurants, bars and resorts.
M’Pai . Bay
M’Pai Bay Fishing Village is located in the North of Koh Rong Samloem Island, Cambodia, where there are many beautiful beaches around. From Saracen, you can board another “inter-island” boat heading to M’Pai Bay.
M’Pai Bay is home to the most beautiful coral reefs in Koh Rong Samloem. You can see cuttlefish, seahorses, and many colorful fish and corals. Not only that, M’Pai has many beautiful beaches, quiet, unspoiled and more beautiful than Saracen Bay, so you can’t miss to take “virtual living” photos. The two most beautiful beaches are Clear Water Bay (Driftwood) and Eco Sea Dive just 15-30 minutes walk.
After you’ve had a full day of exploring and floating on the beach of M’Pai bay, it’s time to watch the island’s glorious sunsets. The view is magical as you watch the boats sail into the distance, and the colors of the sky turn orange and red. Surely you will feel great because you can admire this wonderful view.
Sunset is another beautiful quiet beach (a few kilometers from Saracen Bay) with bushes reaching out to the sand. Here, there are only simple wooden houses that blend in with the rich vegetation around. As its name suggests, this is a great place to watch the sunset.
Lazy Beach brings a very peaceful feeling on a deserted beach. Here you can find several bungalows and a small restaurant. You can get there by foot, it will take about 20 minutes.
In addition, if you want to go to a very high place to see the whole island, you should walk to the lighthouse. From Saracen Bay it will take you about 1 hour to walk to the place, remember to bring water because there are not any shops around the road to buy if needed. The fee to climb the lighthouse is 1 USD. From here, you will be able to capture a very impressive and beautiful scene.
Koh Rong Samloem offers you romantic beaches, coconut trees and peace. If you’re looking to “disconnect” from the modern world, this is the perfect place for you!