Koh Rong and Koh Rong Sanloem are both islands near the city of Sihanoukville and reachable in less than one hour by speedboat from there. Both islands are only a few kilometers apart from each other, and you can take a slow boat from one to another Island – takes you another hour. I visited both islands on that way. But which Island is better? Which one should you visit?
What are you looking for?
It depends on what you are looking for, while Koh Rong Sanloem has parties too, the Island of Koh Rong is the better party Island. Both Islands are full of young Backpackers and have a lot of Hostels but of course also these expensive resorts. Beaches are beautiful on both islands, food is cheaper in Koh Rong, but Hostels are less costly on Koh Rong Sanloem.
Koh Rong – the bigger Island has a few fantastic beaches. I stayed in a Hotel/Resort called Reef on the Beach – it is about 3 km from the main port and the village away. There I slept in a big tent with a bed inside and a ventilator which was amazing. The beach is beautiful, and the water is clear. My resort was – to my surprise – full of young people, and they had activities all day long. In the evening a party would take place somewhere on the Island, mostly on a beach. A 30 minutes’ walk away is the village where the food is mostly better and cheaper than in the resorts. However, the city is not that beautiful and only worth to have dinner in the evening.
Koh Rong Sanloem
Koh Rong Sanloem is the smaller island with only one main beach. Here I stayed in a Hostel called Onederz which was directly on the beach. I woke up, stepped out of my room, turned right and already saw the beach. A dream! The Island is a lot quieter then Koh Rong but also less party. The beach is even better than the one in Koh Rong. White sand and blue and clear water. I found it to be also more proper then Koh Rong. Take a long walk alongside the beach where you can find a lot of fantastic barbeque places and enjoy the quiet evening wind – that’s the real island feeling. Other then Koh Rong, Koh Rong Sanloem hasn’t any big buildings, and it looks like a real paradise.
So, what’s my favorite?
As you may have noticed, I like Koh Rong Sanloem more than Koh Rong. It is even more of an Island feeling and more proper. However, Koh Rong is better for the party, and in the village, food is a little bit cheaper. On both Islands tours for snorkeling and to see the plankton at night are available and highly recommended. If you want peace and no distraction then you can choose to stay in the mad monkey Hostel in Koh Rong Sanloem, it is located the other side of the main beach, and they don’t have WIFI and no internet connection. It is a party hostel and else then a beach there is nothing around and no way to get away. Maybe a good idea to come down once and pack away your phone and breath in the fresh air.
- Total countries I visited until now: 31
- Distance traveled: 18430
- Planes: 4
- Busses: 23
- Trains: 14
- Boats: 8
- Km running: 817