Koh Rung SanloemCambodia. The closest port is Sihanoukville.
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.
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.
- 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.
- Jungle trek on various routes across the island to Sunset beach, Lazy beach, the lighthouse and M Pai village etc. Bring plenty of water, mosquito repellent and sturdy shoes if in wet season. There is chance to see monitor lizards, monkeys, hornbills white belly sea eagles.
- 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.
Recently developed Saracen Bay also offers small shops selling basic conveniences, however there is still no ATM on the island. Some shops or resorts might be willing to withdraw money from your card, but the fees they charge might be outrageous - they know there is no other way for you to get more money. Come with enough dollars prepared (and expect you might want to prolong your stay at the island as it is still an unspoiled tropical paradise).
One'sThe 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.
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.
phone: +855 86 86 05 22address: 1 Beach St, M'Pai BayIn the traditional fishing village of M'Pai Bay on north coast of Koh Rong Samloem. Beach bar and guesthouse, dorm rooms available. The soundtrack in the bar features funky tunes.
EcoSea DiveOffers overnight trips where you stay in their primitive bungalows. The overnight stay is severely discounted for divers. Snorkellers and people just looking to get away pay more for their stay.
phone: +855 69354800address: Saracen BayOffers beach front bungalows.
phone: +855 69 901 076address: Koh Rong Samloem LighthouseA little separate from the main pier, but all ferries go to it with no extra charge. It is the only hostel in the vicinity and thus is secluded from the other hostels on the island. The beers cost 1 USD per can. They have hammocks and swings in the sea. Bioluminescent planktons can be seen at night if you go 30-40 meters into the water.