What is Koh Rong?
Koh Rong is a little spot of paradise in island form that’s chilled in the day, but crazy at night. The habitable part stretches over a beach that’s only about 400m long with only 10-15 places to stay. There are other parts of the island you can get to by boat or foot which will provide some of the nicest beaches you can imagine, not to mention a super cool way of living. One of its quirkiest features is that the island only has electricity between the hours of 6pm and 2am and very little running water. So be prepared to bath in the sea and loose contact with the rest of the world for a few days.
and where did you say this was?
Koh Rong is just off of the south coast of Cambodia, the nearest mainland town being Sihanoukville.
How do I get there?
Simple, two types of ferry from Sihanoukville, one fast (40 mins) one slower (2 hours), each run 3-5 times a day depending on the season and will cost you between $5-$12.
What can I do there?
Koh Rong, even though it’s such a small island, gives so much. The beaches are beautiful and it’s more than easy to just lie there and soak everything in for hours. If you do want to be a little more active then take a look at some of the boat trips available. For a small cost ($10) you can hop on a wooden long boat with some other travellers and be taken to some great snorkeling points around the island, to the infamous long beach (it’s amazing) and even partake in a spot of fishing, the fruits of which the boat crew will BBQ for you on long beach for dinner.
Alternatively, make your own cruise by renting a kayak or paddleboard and explore the surrounding islands and reefs yourself ($10-$14 a day). Koh Rong is also home to a well-recommended dive center, so if you’re into your scuba diving then you will be more than catered for.
Away from the water, trekking is available through the jungle that takes you from the main beach to long beach. It’s about a 40-minute trek each way and there are often reports of creepy crawlies such as King Cobras floating about, so be careful!
Why should I go?
If the beaches and water activities aren’t selling it enough, the chilled out atmosphere where almost all of the accommodation and restaurant staff are fellow travellers who didn’t want to leave, is another reason to get stuck in. The whole no electricity and running water thing may seem to put you off at first, but once you’re there it’s so easy to get used to and it just shows you how much you can do away from a smartphone!
Partying at 2am when the island all of a sudden looses electricity and everyone struggles to find there way back to their beds is something you definitely want to experience, as when you look up for moonlight, what you’ll see will take your breath away.