Figuring out in advance where you are going on Koh Rong Sanloem — and how to get there — will save you time and money.
Getting to Koh Rong Sanloem — often misspelled as Koh Rong Samloem— couldn’t be easier. There are several speed ferries that you can book in advance. But before you set off for Koh Rong Sanloem make sure you know where you are going! 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).
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.
How to get to Saracen Bay, Koh Rong Sanloem
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.
Speed Ferry Cambodia is the oldest and most reliable (usually) ferry to Koh Rong Sanloem. Tickets cost $22 but are good for your return trip as well. 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. Note that there may be other times scheduled at various times, but the three listed are the ones that always go.
Speed Ferry Cambodia schedule:
Sihanoukville to Koh Rong Sanloem (Saracen Bay): 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 3 p.m.
Koh Rong Sanloem (Saracen Bay) to Sihanoukville: 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 4 p.m.
GTVC is the newest company to enter the island speed ferry competition. 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. Tickets cost $22 for an open return ticket and should be purchased online in advance.
GTVC speedboat schedule:
Sihanoukville to Koh Rong Sanloem (Saracen Bay): 8 a.m., 11 a.m., 2. p.m.
Koh Rong Sanloem (Saracen Bay) to Sihanoukville: 8:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2:30 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 $22 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 5 p.m.
Koh Rong Sanloem (Saracen Bay) to Sihanoukville: 7 a.m., 9 a.m., 12 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.
Island Speed Ferry 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 $22 for an open return ticket. Tickets should be purchased online in advance.
Island Speed Ferry 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 between two and three hours and costs $5 each way. It leaves from Pier 52 at the Sihanoukville Pier. For the return trip the boat leaves Saracen Bay at 2 p.m. to head back to Sihanoukville. Tickets can be purchased from the Koh Rong Dive Center office on Serendipity Beach Road.
Boats from Sihanoukville to Koh Rong’s other beaches
Speed Ferry Cambodia have three ferries each day that go to the M’phey Bei village pier and can also stop at the nearby Driftwood and Eco Retreat piers on request. Tickets cost $22 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 (M’phey Bei): 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Koh Rong Sanloem (M’phey Bei) 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 four ferries each day that go to M’phey Bei that also stop at Mad Monkey and the Driftwood Pier. Return tickets cost $22 and can be purchased online.
Buva Sea boat schedule:
Sihanoukville to Koh Rong Sanloem (M’phey Bei): 8 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m. 5 p.m.
Koh Rong Sanloem (M’phey Bei) to Sihanoukville: 7 a.m., 9 a.m., 12 p.m., 3:30 p.m.
Island Speed Ferry has three fast boats a day that go from the Serendipity Pier to the village pier in M’phey Bei. Tickets should be purchased online in advance.
Cambodia Island Speed Ferry (TBC) fast boat schedule:
Sihanoukville to Koh Rong Sanloem (M’phey Bei): 9 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m.
Koh Rong Sanloem (M’phey Bei) to Sihanoukville: 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m.
The cheapest and least glamorous option is the supply boat, which leaves from Pier 52 at Sihanoukville Port. It has a scheduled departure time of 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. but waits for supplies to be loaded so it often leaves late. The cost is $5 each way and it takes between two and four hours. On the way back the boat leaves from M’phey Bei at 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Boats to Sunset Beach
Every day the Dive Shop has a boat that leaves from Sihanoukville at 7 a.m. The trip takes about 3 hours and costs $10 each way. Meet at the Dive Shop office before departure. For the return trip, meet at Sunboo Beach Bar at 2:45 p.m.
If you’re adventurous, you can take a boat to Saracen Bay (listed above) and trek 35 minutes over to Sunset Beach. The path through the jungle is a bit steep and rocky, so it’s best to wear proper shoes. During rainy season, this may be your only choice as the Dive Shop ferry doesn’t run when the waves are too high.
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.
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.
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 costs $5 per hop.
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
Ekareach Street, Sihanoukville
T: 016 944 441
Serendipity Beach Road, Sihanoukville
T: 097 888 8950
Island Speed Ferry Cambodia (TBC)
Serendipity Pier, Sihanoukville
T: 069 811 711
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