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Koh Rong is located about 25 kilometers from Sihanoukville,
in the Gulf of Thailand. The island has 43 km of beautiful sandy beaches
along both its Eastern and Western shores; its main attraction. Most visitors
stay in guesthouses and bungalows situated along the beach at Koh Tuich Village
(Tui Beach). There are isolated resorts on other beaches. The atmosphere at Koh
Tuich is very relaxed and beach-focused during the daytime, followed by beach
restaurants and partying when the sun sets. Travelers looking for isolation or
peace and quiet should consider accommodation at the far end of Tui Beach or on
There are 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. He has
since left. Some other guy at Paradise Bungalows supposedly offers trekking
tours, but not to the beaches and charges $20. The main well-known hiking path
is the one to Long Beach (also known as 7KM Beach, Sok San Beach). The only
other option is to hire a local fishing boat to take you around the Island. Be
advised that nowadays guesthouses / hostels will lie to you saying the walk to
Long Beach is "too dangerous" (which is not true!) so that they can
take you there for $10 on a group boat trip that they all offer every day which
includes snorkeling, fishing and mediocre BBQ.
Koh Rong's Climate
Between the end of November and the start of March the hot
dry weather comes from the north-east direction, while between June and
September the rain and wind come from the south-west. As such, Koh Rong temperatures
in direct sunlight are much higher.
To give you a rough idea of the average temperatures
over this past year (note: these are the average temperatures in the shade –
temperatures in direct sunlight can be much higher):
of November / December / January / February: Warm
and dry. 25°C daytime.
March / April / May: Hot and dry. 35°C daytime.
June / July / August: Hot and wet.
September / October / Early November: Warm
and wet. 25°C daytime.
We would say that the best time to visit Koh
Rong and its sister island Koh Rong Samloem is between the
middle of November and the start of May. During these months you’ll have
beautiful hot days (25°C – 40°C) with very little cloud and low humidity.
Things to do on Koh
There are many beautiful snorkeling points around
Koh Rong and heaps of fish to discover. Try your hand at spotting any of the
sergeant fish, seahorses, parrot fish, diamond fish, jumping fish, squid,
yellow boxfish, diamond fish, needlefish, blue-spotted ribbon tail rays and
goatfish in the waters around the island. You can either walk to nearby rocky
ocean areas from where you stay or take one of the snorkeling day trips with
Adventure Adam Tours.
Brave revellers can jump from a height of four or six meters
onto a giant blow up “blob” on the water. You’ll then move to the opposite end
where a friend can bounce you back up in the air and into the nearby water.
If you’re walking from the south end, you’ve got 7 more
kilometers of white sand to traipse. Otherwise, if you’re done with all the
walking just grab one of the local boats.
The best way to get back from Sok San Beach is to take one of
the local fishing-turned-tour boats. Doing it at sunset means you get premium
unobstructed ocean sunset views that you just don’t get on the inhabited parts
of the island. Once the colours begin to light up the sky, wave down one of the
boats sure to be waiting near the shore and in 45 minutes you’ll be back on the
Cost: Prices change
depending on the boat operator. Barter for around $15
Rong Dive Center offer fun dives as well as PADI training courses from the
island. The prices are cheap but the visibility around the island isn’t the
best. BUT, if you go at the right time of year there’s a chance you could spot
a whale shark! Koh Rong Dive Center is located on the ferry pier on Koh Toch
Cost: $80 (2 fun dives) – $380 (Open Water Certificate)
Koh Toch (or Small Island) is also sometimes known as Pagoda
Island because the island consists only of a pagoda, a couple of monks and a
small walking track. But being in such close proximity to Koh Toch Beach in the
main area of Koh Rong, this island is a great little day trip in a kayak. You
can also try kayaking to some of the other beaches on Koh Rong, but keep in
mind that the island is too big to get around entirely in one day. Kayaks can
be rented from the beachfront restaurants on Koh Toch main beach.