- Koh Rong Samloem-
Further south of Koh Rong is the smaller and quieter island of Koh Rong Samloem. It's about 4 kilometers South of Koh Rong.
There is a small fishing village and many beautiful, nearly deserted beaches. The island is not developed, but if you go there you can stay on one of the few beach bungalows. You can also make a daytrip to Koh Rong Samloem. The
boat trip from Sihanoukville takes about two hours.
The most of the island is covered by dense jungle. It's unexplored. There are several smaller islands close to Koh Rong Samloem, and you can visit them in a quick boat trip. Scuba diving,
snorkelling, swimming, exploring, and fishing are most of the activities which you can do on the island.
"Take a boat about two hours off the south
coast of Cambodia, and you’ll reach a tropical hideaway called
Lazy Beach on
the Island of Koh Rong Saloem. Run by two English guys who’ve
redefined the meaning of chillin’, its turquoise waters and white
sands are everything you’d expect. From beachfront bungalows with
snorkelling right off the beach, to a restaurant that cooks up the
local fishermen’s daily catch. This is one deserted island you won’t
mind being stranded on."
There are three major beaches and several minor beaches almost entirely uninhabited, including some very nice, sheltered beaches on the north side near Koh Kon.
At the top of the island is the home of a small fishing village called M'Pei Bei, or 23 in Khmer. Also Koh Rong Samloem is home to the privately owned business Marine Conservation Cambodia, which works with the local villagers in order to protect the unique marine life around the island. The island includes a large heart-shaped bay called Saracen Bay (named after a British ship that once sailed there) with shellfish cultivation and beaches on the north coast towards Koh Rong.
The island has the most beautiful beaches in Asia. The sand is so fine it makes a squeaking sound beneath your feet, and the ocean is so warm it’s like swimming in a bathtub.
Currently only a few tour operators on the beach in Sihanoukville offer
snorkelling trips to the island. EcoSea Dive and Island Divers offers diving excursions and overnight trips to their respective bungalows on the northern part of the island. Other tourist resorts and bungalow-settlements on the island include "M'Pay Bay" bungalows and "Lazy Beach," the latter which is located on the western side of the island.
However, there are plans for a massive resort complex, complete with golf courses, airport and a casino.
"As we reached land, we came upon a fresh water well where several women squatted around wash basins, scrubbing their families’ laundry in big bowls of soapy water while their naked toddlers splashed in the mud puddles nearby. We turned left into a village and walked down what would be considered main street … if there even was a street. M’Pai Bei rests on light yellow sand and since village is so small, there is no need for bikes, motorcycles, cars or any other transportation that would require anything resembling a road. Two feet and a boat are all you really need around these parts.
As we walked along the main stretch of sand we passed homes that doubled as small shops selling fresh tropical fruit and traditional Cambodian food. Men labored on the framework of a new house and boat repairs while several women sat in string hammocks laughing and socializing. Children ran in and out of the homes, chasing each other through the deep sand while the village dogs snoozed in the shade. Chickens scratched at the sand in pursuit of their lunch and fat, black ducks waddled alongside of us while suspiciously eyeing our luggage-laden profiles. We cut back down to the beach where a small river exited the village and crossed a plank bridge that floated atop big blue barrels."