With unparalleled sea views and attention to detail, Paradise Bungalows is one of the nicest places to stay in Koh Toch.
Paradise Bungalows was the first accommodation on the popular eastern side of Koh Rong, and still easily one of the best. These days the owner, Rudy, spends most of his time at Paradise Villas on Koh Rong Sanloem, but his influence can be felt in the small design touches that make the Paradise bungalows nicer than the rest.
Paradise’s most desirable bungalows are located on a beautiful stretch of white sand beach; the less expensive ones are further back in the tropical jungle. Whichever bungalow you end up in, though, you can enjoy the beach out front — it’s raked daily, so it looks tidier than other parts of Koh Toch beach.
Most of the bungalows on Koh Rong are purely utilitarian, furnished with only a bed and a mosquito net, but Paradise Bungalows jazz theirs up with little embellishments that give the place personality: lights made from traditional Cambodian fishing baskets, private outdoor rain showers, seashell wind chimes, even something as simple as providing shelving to keep your clothing on, an amenity that most bungalows neglect.
Paradise has a range of bungalows, and many of the newer ones have attached private outdoor showers with stone floors that are really lovely. All are powered by solar power and at night have electricity that powers the fans in every bungalow. Recently they’ve even created a few stone bungalows, one of which boasts one of the few air-conditioning units on Koh Rong ($100 per night). Other bungalows are family-sized and can sleep up to eight people. We’d avoid their cheapest bungalows — they are up the hill and not nearly as nice as the ones closest to the beach. The bungalows all have private balconies or terraces, and the seafront views are really stunning.
Even if you aren’t staying at Paradise, it’s one of the best places to go on Koh Rong if you’re trying to avoid the backpacker vibe. The gorgeous wooden restaurant and lounge are constructed with recycled teak and feature ambient lighting, relaxed seating, and a world music soundtrack. There’s also a decent selection of wine available by the glass ($4) or bottle ($15-20ish). They’ve got several surprisingly efficient staff members, which makes it one of the most stress-free places to hang out. There’s WiFi in the restaurant and the whole place is solar powered, so bungalows only have electricity at night.
The only downside is that Paradise Bungalows are often booked up for months in advance, which is probably because the prices are so extremely reasonable.
We were quoted the following prices at Paradise Bungalows:
- Fan bungalows: Up to $80 per night in high season, $35 in low season
- Air-conditioned bungalows: $100 per night
Prices are sometimes (but not always) lower in the rainy season — check Booking.com for discounted prices. You can make a reservation online or at their booking office in Sihanoukville at Mick and Craig’s Guesthouse.
Koh Toch beach, Koh Rong
T: 092 548 883 (Sihanoukville booking office)
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