Koh Rong Sanloem offers a quieter, mellower alternative to Koh Rong, with gorgeous beaches and beautiful aquamarine waters.
Koh Rong Sanloem (often misspelled as Koh Rong Samloem) has become a favorite with travelers looking to enjoy the white sand beaches of Koh Rong but without the noisy party atmosphere. Koh Rong Sanloem is Koh Rong’s laid-back little sister, and different parts of the island offer different experiences, as each has its own unique vibe. While Koh Rong Sanloem is still undeniably, shall we say, rustic — there are no roads, ATMs, or chain hotels — its air-conditioned luxury villas on Saracen Bay are some of the most high-end island accommodation in Cambodia. At the same time, wooden bungalows can be found on many of the island’s beaches, chilled-out Sunset Beach offers several options for camping in style, and M’phey Bei, the small fishing village at the top of the island, has become a popular backpacker spot with lots of budget accommodation. Whether you go for a weekend break or an extended retreat, Koh Rong Sanloem shouldn’t be missed.
We cover everything you need to know for a visit to Koh Rong Sanloem, from how to get there and where to stay to geography and the island’s best beaches.
Koh Rong Sanloem Island Guide
Never heard of Koh Rong Sanloem before? Find out all about the island, including the history and what’s happening there now.
The island has several beaches offering accommodation, each with its own unique vibe. The island is big, so it’s best to know where you’re heading before you leave the mainland! We’ve got an overview of the geography of the island with a run-down of the best beaches.
Find out everything you need to know before you go to Koh Rong Sanloem, including what to bring and what to buy before you arrive.
Find the accommodation that suits you best with our real we-were-there reviews of Koh Rong Sanloem’s best hotels and accommodation, from wooden bungalows and dorms to more upscale luxury offerings.
We cover some of the best spots to eat and drink on Koh Rong Sanloem.
A visit to the island can mean nothing more than lying around in a hammock, but it doesn’t have to. We’ve got a rundown of other things to do on Koh Rong Sanloem, from diving and snorkeling to trekking and nature watching. And of course there’s the full moon party.
Be sure to know how to get there before you go! In the transportation section we cover how to get to Koh Rong Sanloem — including all of the different beaches — plus details on where to purchase tickets in advance.
We also have information about the limited medical services that are available on the island and what to do in case of emergency.
Finally, there are expat essentials for those living on Koh Rong Sanloem, including laundry, internet, and veterinary care.
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