The rainy season has started here in Cambodia once again, so I thought I’d write a little bit about why you should visit Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem during this less popular time period (usually middle of May to early November).

Personally, I’m quite surprised by how few tourists there are over these couple of months. It is true that it’s not as hot and there’s the occasional short burst of heavy rain, but there are several positives that perhaps people don’t realise.

1) Swimming Under Tropical Showers

Firstly, Cambodia stays hot throughout the year, so although there’s no scorching sunshine in the rainy season, the ocean stays a perfect temperature for swimming. On top of this, there’s something quite wonderful about swimming under the tropical showers, and the views of the rain hitting the ocean waters are truly spectacular.


2) Half Price Accommodation

Secondly, all accommodation is half price or thereabouts, giving you fantastic value for your money. On Koh Rong Samloem, for instance, you can now stay in a great resort for $30-$40 per night.

Inside a Villa at Sol Beach
Sol Beach Resort on Koh Rong Samloem


3) Swimming in Waterfalls

Thirdly, there are several superb attractions that you can’t enjoy during peak season. My favourite, for example, is the waterfall on Koh Rong Samloem. Right beneath there’s a swimming pool and a bar area – Ideal for lying back in the jungle waters and admiring the views with a nice cold drink. During peak season, the waterfall becomes less powerful and eventually dries up completely.


4) Easier to Explore the Islands

Fourthly, the lack of scorching sunshine makes it much easier to explore the islands. Trying to walk 1-2km in the extreme heat is exhausting, to say the least. There are several good walks on the islands and many spectacular places to see, so if you’re of the exploring type, these conditions are ideal for you.

View From The Light House on Koh Rong Samloem


5) Better Snorkelling and Fishing

Finally, if you enjoy activities like snorkelling and fishing, the rainy season provides some of the best times to go – The rain helps to clear the ocean waters, and, in general, there is more fish/wildlife around.

Snorkelling on Lazy Beach


One thing to note

One thing to note however… If you’re planning to visit Koh Rong or Koh Rong Samloem during the rainy season, I’d recommend you stick to the main tourist areas. These are Koh Touch on Koh Rong and Saracen Bay on Koh Rong Samloem (as well as Sok San Beach Resort). The reason for this is that to get to the other less-touristy areas you will usually need to take a small connection boat. These boats can’t handle larger waves, so you may struggle to get to and from your destination.

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