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Koh Rung Sanloem is an island off the coast of Cambodia. The closest port is Sihanoukville.

Understand

Located just off the coast of Sihanoukville, Koh Rung Sanloem is Koh Rong's stunning sister island.

It is a peaceful relaxing destination with breathtaking scenery – Pristine white beaches, clear turquoise ocean waters, and a tropical jungle wilderness. A real ‘island paradise’ – As it is often called by tourists.

If you want to lie back, unwind, and admire the magnificent views, or you want to learn about the historic Khmer culture, the mesmerising island of Sanloem is your perfect holiday destination.

Get in

Koh Rung Sanloem can be reached easily by boat from Sihanoukville. There are 2 main ferry services between Sihanoukville and Koh Rung Sanloem: TBC (45-75 min) and Speed Ferry (40 min). Both services leave from the Ochheuteal (AKA ‘Serendipity’) pier in Sihanoukville. There are also a couple of ‘Slow Boat’ services that take 1.5 – 2.5 hours. These services depart from the local port of Sihanoukville and the piers at Serendipity beach and Victory beach. For up-to-date information and timetables, visit: Ferries to Koh Rong Sanloem.

Get around

Everything on this island can be done by foot, but if you want you can rent a taxi boat. It is quite a small island, but still big enough to get lost on if you were to embark on a jungle trek. Another option for getting around is swimming or scuba diving.

See

The island is famous for its beautiful beaches, the longest and still unspoiled being Saracen Bay beach.

Do

Koh Rung Sanloem is the cradle of Cambodian diving. It's where all the dive companies based in Sihanoukville mostly head when they take divers out. It also serves as mid-way point for dive trips heading all the way out to condor reef.

  • Stay overnight in one of the tourist bungalows. You can experience the atmosphere of the small fishing village, the warmth of the villagers, the fresh fruit and inexpensive meals...at night, take a walk to Long Beach and take a dip with the bioluminescent bacteria that glows bright green whilst you swim: an incredible phenomenon.
  • Volunteers live on this island as well; they are conducting fish, coral and seahorse surveys for marine research.
  • Sunset Rock is a wonderful place to watch the sun set over the ocean, if you are willing to trek over some boulders to get there.
  • Snorkel M'Pai Bay Corals & Night Swim with Floro-Plancton in M'Pai Bay.
  • If you are lucky, you can witness a Khmer wedding take place in the village. Look for lots of Klang beer, dancing around a table and massive subwoofers blasting Cambodian music.

If you're heading for Saracen Bay there are many activities available: snorkeling, kayaks and mountain bikes rental, jungle trekking.

Buy

Koh Rung Sanloem is still mostly deserted, except for a small fishing village of around 200 people. There are three small shops in the village selling basic conveniences such as soap, cigarettes, mosquito repellent, noodles, beer, and soft drinks.

Recently developed Saracen Bay also offers small shops selling basic conveniences, however there is still no ATM on the island.

Eat

M'Pei Bei village

  • One's (Just to the left of the long pier). The family who run it is very sweet and they have a variety of options from "tai-kuch-ma" (hot tea with ice and honey) to Klang beer and a cooler of other soft drinks. A meal of noodle soup costs less than USD1.50.

If you are looking for some finger food, delectable fruit can be found outside people's homes and shops for a very cheap price. They will even peel and cut it for you. Mangos, pineapples, oranges, and other exotic fruits that you will just have to taste to see what they are!

Saracen Bay has various restaurants serving all kinds of cuisine.

Drink

Huah's "bar" has a pool table and they are the place to go if you are in search of alcohol and a good time.

Sleep

  • 1 Chill Inn, 1 Beach St, M'Pai Bay (Boat From Sihanoukville or Koh Rong), (+855)(0)86 86 05 22, . In the traditional fishing village of M'Pai Bay on north coast of Koh Rong Samloem. Beach bar and guesthouse, dorm rooms available. The sound track in the bar features funky tunes.
  • EcoSea Dive. Offers overnight trips where you stay in their primitive bungalows on the northern part of the island. The overnight stay is severely discounted for divers. Snorkellers and people just looking to get away pay more for their stay.

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