Most people come to Saracen Bay (the main tourist area on Koh Rong Samloem) to lie back, relax, and admire the magnificent views, but if you feel adventurous, there are 5 things that we would recommend for you to see and do.
(See also: 5 Best Food & Drink on Saracen Bay)
Aerial View of Saracen Bay on Koh Rong Samloem
1) Swim in The Waterfall
Firstly, there is the fantastic waterfall at the far side of the bay – Near a main pier and Freedom Island resort. The jungle surrounding the waterfall is beautiful, and the pool at the bottom is superb on a nice hot day – There is a bar and a restaurant, and you can sit back in the refreshing waters with a nice cold drink. If you decide to grab a bite to eat, the Khmer food at the restaurant is pretty good. Please note: the waterfall tends to dry up in the middle of peak season.
2) Visit Lazy Beach
As a separate day trip, we would definitely recommend for you to see Lazy Beach – A 40 minute walk through the jungle trail.
Recently voted as one of the ‘Top 21 Beaches in the World’ by The National Geographic, the views on this side of Koh Rong Samloem are truly mesmerising, and if you spend one night at the resort there, you can see the breathtaking sunset.
The restaurant (and bar area) at Lazy Beach Resort is ideal for lounging, and the beach is in pristine condition, so you have plenty to do (or not to do) when you get there. Take a look at this article for more details.
3) Snorkel and Scuba Dive
For those who want to take full advantage of the wonderful marine life, there is snorkelling and scuba diving available.
The snorkelling / scuba diving centre is located near the centre of Saracen Bay (near Orchid Resort) and is quite easy to find – Just take a stroll along the beach and look out for it. Scuba diving is an absolutely amazing experience around Koh Rong Samloem – The best place is around Sunset Beach, on the western side of Samloem (see also: Snorkelling on Lazy Beach).
4) Take an Island Tour
More recently, a very popular boat tour around the island has become available. Organised by Captain Kem, ‘Caribbean Tours’ takes you all over Koh Rong Samloem, allowing you to see many of the other attractions, beaches, and resorts.
This is a fun thing to do if you can find the time, and what’s great about this tour is that you can stop off at any point you like along the way, including the best areas for snorkelling and fishing. Don’t be expecting any advanced fishing equipment though – The local Khmer use a small plastic bottle and fishing wire. Even if you don’t happen to catch a feast (the trick seems to be in how far down you let the hook go), being out in the waters on a small boat is fantastic, especially when the sun starts coming down.
Captain Kem also currently offers a night time trip to see the bioluminescent plankton – Try to book the tour in advance during the day though (there are several booking points across the bay or just ask at your resort).
5) Visit The Lighthouse
At the opposite end of Saracen Bay to the waterfall, near Paradise Villas and Dolphin Bay Resort, you’ll find the entrance to the long walk to see the light house. Although the views from the top are splendid, it’s a bit too far to go, so maybe don’t make the journey unless you have a spare day on your hands and you’ve already seen Lazy Beach.
We’ve started to put together an interactive video map of Koh Rong Samloem. Click on the image below to watch videos of activities and attractions: