How to get to, from, and around Koh Rong Sanloem

Figuring out in advance where you are going on Koh Rong Sanloem — and how to get there — will save you time and money.

Before you set off for Koh Rong Sanloem, make sure you know where you are going! Many of the boats to Koh Rong stop at Koh Rong Sanloem on the way, but not all of them do. When you’re buying the ticket — and when boarding — confirm that your boat is going to Koh Rong Sanloem (often misspelled as Koh Rong Samloem). Moreover, make sure that you are going to the part of Koh Rong Sanloem where you are staying. Getting from Saracen Bay to M’phey Bei or Sunset Beach and Lazy Beach can be expensive or impossible, so it’s best to confirm that you’re heading to the right part of the island before you leave Sihanoukville. Check out our map of the island and guide to Koh Rong Sanloem’s various beaches). With that out of the way, here’s how to get to to Koh Rong Sanloem:

How to get to Koh Rong Sanloem

How to get to Koh Rong Sanloem, Cambodia’s island paradise.

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The ferries all advertise travel times of 35 to 45 minutes. This may be technically possible if they leave on time and go directly to your stop first. But they rarely leave exactly on time and often have several stops, so you should budget 90 minutes for the trip, although it usually takes less.

Boats to Saracen Bay

There are now four speed boats that go from Sihanoukville to Saracen Bay on Koh Rong Sanloem. I’m going to sound like a broken record because I say this over and over, but reconfirm the schedules as they often change depending on the weather and the whims of the boat operators.

Koh Rong Sanloem speed boats

Make sure you know which speed ferry to take to Koh Rong Sanloem!

Speed Ferry Cambodia is the oldest and most reliable (usually) ferry to Koh Rong Sanloem. Tickets cost $20 but are good for your return trip as well. Prices can go as high as $30 and as low as $10 depending on the season and competition. For the return trip back to Sihanoukville, you should confirm 24 hours in advance to secure a seat. They leave from Serendipity Pier and tickets can be purchased online in advance.

Speed Ferry Cambodia schedule:
Sihanoukville to Koh Rong Sanloem (Saracen Bay): 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 3 p.m.
Koh Rong Sanloem (Saracen Bay) to Sihanoukville: 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 4 p.m.

GTVC is the newest company to enter the island speed ferry competition, and currently the least expensive, at $12 for a return ticket (which can be purchased online in advance). The GTVC speedboat leaves from the Sihanoukville port, but offers hotel pickup to take passengers there. They arrive at the pier in front of Orchid Resort in Saracen Bay.

GTVC speedboat schedule:
Sihanoukville to Koh Rong Sanloem (Saracen Bay): 8 a.m., 11 a.m., 2. p.m., and 4 p.m.
Koh Rong Sanloem (Saracen Bay) to Sihanoukville: 8:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.

Buva Sea is a new speed ferry owned by Virak Butham bus company. The 50-passenger boats are new and have life preservers for passengers. A return ticket costs $20 and can be purchased online. They leave from Serendipity Pier in Sihanoukville and drop off at the pier in front of Paradise Villas, but can be convinced to drop off elsewhere in Saracen Bay.

Buva Sea boat schedule:
Sihanoukville to Koh Rong Sanloem (Saracen Bay): 8 a.m., 11 a.m., 2. p.m., and 4 p.m.
Koh Rong Sanloem (Saracen Bay) to Sihanoukville:

Island Speed Ferry Cambodia (formerly TBC) have two ferries, one is a brand new 150-seat air-conditioned boat, and the other is older and less impressive. Both have life preservers and the trip takes 45-60 minutes depending on the order of stops. They leave from Serendipity Pier and tickets cost between $12 and $20 each way.

Cambodia Island Speed Ferry (TBC) fast boat schedule:
Sihanoukville to Koh Rong Sanloem (Saracen Bay): 9 a.m., 12 p.m., and 3 p.m.
Koh Rong Sanloem (Saracen Bay) to Sihanoukville: 10:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m.

The supply boat for the islands also heads to Saracen Bay. It’s a slow boat that takes about two hours and costs $5 each way. It leaves from Pier 52 at the Sihanoukville Pier. For the return trip the boat leaves Saracen Bay 4 p.m. (sometimes 4:30) to head back to Sihanoukville. Tickets can be purchased from the Koh Rong Dive Center office on Serendipity Beach Road.

Koh Rong to Koh Rong Sanloem

Making tracks across Saracen Bay.

Boats from Sihanoukville to Koh Rong’s other beaches

M’phey Bei

Speed Ferry Cambodia have three ferries each day that go to the M’phey Bei village pier and can also stop at the EcoSea pier. Tickets cost $20 for a round-trip and can be purchased online in advance. When you want to head back to Sihanoukville, let them know the day before to reserve a seat.

Speed Ferry Cambodia schedule:
Sihanoukville to Koh Rong Sanloem (Saracen Bay): 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Koh Rong Sanloem (Saracen Bay) to Sihanoukville: 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Buva Sea has boats going to many of the spots on the island that the other ferries ignore. In high season they have three ferries each day that go to M’phey Bei that also stop at Mad Monkey and the Driftwood Pier. Return tickets cost $20 and can be purchased online.

Buva Sea boat schedule:
Sihanoukville to Koh Rong Sanloem (M’phey Bei): 8 a.m., 11 a.m., and 4 p.m.
Koh Rong Sanloem (M’phey Bei) to Sihanoukville: 6:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 12:30 p.m.

Cambodia Island Speed Ferry (TBC) has three fast boats a day that go from the Serendipity Pier to the village pier in M’phey Bei. Tickets can be purchased in Sihanoukville at their office on Serendipity Beach Road.

Cambodia Island Speed Ferry (TBC) fast boat schedule:
Sihanoukville to Koh Rong Sanloem (M’phey Bei): 9 a.m., 12 p.m., and 3 p.m.
Koh Rong Sanloem (M’phey Bei) to Sihanoukville: 10:30 a.m., 4:30 p.m.

The cheapest option is the supply boat, which leaves from Pier 52 at Sihanoukville Port. It has a scheduled departure time of 2 p.m. but waits for supplies to be loaded so it often leaves late. The cost is $5 each way and it takes about two hours. On the way back the boat leaves from M’phey Bei at 5 p.m. (sometimes 5:30 p.m.).

Boats to Sunset Beach

There is one daily speed boat to Sunset Beach at 2 p.m. It’s run by Buva Sea and costs $20 return. Tickets can be purchased in advance online.

During rainy season guests may need to take the a boat to Saracen Bay (listed above) and trek 45 minutes over to Sunset Beach. The path through the jungle is a bit steep and rocky, so it’s best to wear proper shoes.

Buva Sea boat schedule:
Sihanoukville to Sunset Beach: 2 p.m.
Sunset Beach to Sihanoukville: 3 p.m.

Boats to Lazy Beach

Lazy Beach operates a daily slow boat service that leaves Sihanoukville every day at noon and costs $10 each way. The boat takes about two hours and sometimes requires wading — or swimming — when they can’t pull up directly to the beach. (They’ll keep your luggage in a dry box). When the weather is rough they go to Saracen Bay and ask guests to walk from there; it takes about 20 minutes.

During high season the Buva Sea speed ferry to Sunset Beach (above) also stops at Lazy Beach.

Koh Rong

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How to get from Koh Rong to Koh Rong Sanloem

From Koh Toch village on Koh Rong, you can hire a longtail fishing boat to take you to Koh Rong Sanloem. We were quoted $30 to Saracen Bay, $25 to M’phey Bei, and $40 to Sunset Beach or Lazy Beach. During high season if you ask around the village it’s often possible to find other interested travelers to share the cost with. Be aware that access to Sunset and Lazy Beach is not always possible due to high waves, but you can go to Saracen Bay and walk 30 to 45 minutes to the other side of the island to Sunset Beach or around 20 minutes to Lazy Beach. It’s better to wear shoes than flip-flops for the walk.

Most of the speed ferries that go to Koh Rong also stop at Koh Rong Sanloem, but which order they go in and where they stop can change on a day-to-day basis, so we have not included any schedules here — we advise you check the day before and see which ferry you can take. The speed ferries cost $5 for inter-island trips and take 30 to 40 minutes.

The supply boat leaves the Koh Toch pier on Koh Rong every morning around 8 a.m. and heads to M’phey Bei, EcoSea, and Saracen Bay, and best of all, it’s free.

How to get from one beach to another on Koh Rong Sanloem

It’s possible to catch a longtail boat from one beach to another, but they can be expensive. We were quoted $45 to get from Saracen Bay to M’phey Bei (but it was raining when we asked which may have increased the price).

There are two supply boats each day and it’s possible to use them to get from one beach to another on Koh Rong Sanloem, or to Koh Rong. The first supply boat leaves Koh Rong at 8 a.m., heads to M’phey Bei for 8:30 a.m. then to EcoSea at 9:15 a.m., then to Saracen Bay at 10 a.m. and then back to Koh Rong. Another supply boat starts at Saracen Bay at 4 p.m. then to M’phey Bei at 5:30 p.m. then to EcoSea at 5:45 p.m. (and then on to Koh Rong). The supply boats cost $5 per person, and as with all of the boats the schedules can change on a day-to-day basis so check before you go.

Another option are the speed ferries listed above, but again, the schedules are not fixed so these are not to be relied on. Most go from Sihanoukville to Saracen Bay and then to M’phey Bei, so it’s possible to catch the boat at Saracen Bay and take it to M’phey Bei, but they often reverse the schedule without warning, so be sure to ask.

Speed Ferry Cambodia
Koh Rong Dive Center
Serendipity Beach Road, Sihanoukville
T: 034 934 744
speedferrycambodia.com

GTVC Speedboat
Ekareach Street, Sihanoukville
T: 016 944 441
facebook.com/GTVC-Speedboat-Service

Buva Sea
Serendipity Beach Road, Sihanoukville
T: 097 888 8950

Island Speed Ferry Cambodia (TBC)
Serendipity Pier, Sihanoukville
T: 069 811 711
islandspeedboatcambodia.com

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