1) Koh Rong is Not Small
Despite what you might read on popular travel guides, TripAdvisor etc., Koh Rong is NOT small and there are MANY more places to see than the main tourist area (Koh Touch – where all the ferry services stop).
Yes, Koh Touch itself is relatively small, but there are wonderful resorts scattered all around the island, and these don’t get mentioned as much because not many people know about them.
We’ve started to put together an interactive video map of all the areas on Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem. Choose a marker below, and then click on the photo to watch a video about the area.
For example, Lonely Beach, which is a little out of the way, is possibly the most beautiful beach on Koh Rong – We even rate it higher than Lazy Beach on Koh Rong Samloem, which was recently voted as one of the ‘Top 21 Beaches in the World’ by National Geographic.
2) Koh Rong is Not a Party Island
Though it is mentioned like gospel across the internet, Koh Rong is NOT a party island. Yes, Koh touch does have a reputation for having a lively atmosphere, but as noted above, Koh Rong is a VERY big island with many fantastic holiday destinations.
If you’re looking for a peaceful quiet experience, try a resort that’s a little out of the way. We’ve mentioned Lonely Beach above, but there’s also Sok San Beach Resort, Pura Vita, Palm Beach, and even resorts at the far end of Koh Touch like Tree House Bungalows, White Beach, and Paradise Bungalows. For more information, see: Quiet Beach Holiday on Koh Rong.
Below we’ve compiled a playlist of the quiet peaceful areas on Koh Rong.
3) Koh Rong is Not Dirty and is Beautiful
Tourists who ONLY visit Koh Touch often say that ‘Koh Rong is dirty’. But this is not true! As with many popular tourist destinations, it can be hard to keep the party areas clean, and this is the case with some sections of Koh Touch.
However, even a short walk along the beach reveals beautiful pristine beaches and crystal clear ocean waters. Just head 5-10 minutes to the right of the main piers, and if you want to see a real island paradise, head a little further or stay at one of the above mentioned resorts.
Below is a playlist of different areas on Koh Rong.
4) There are ATM’s on Koh Rong
We’ve heard this many, many times on out-dated travel guides. Koh Rong now has an ATM – Head right for 5 minutes from the main pier on Koh Touch. There is a 10% fee for using the machine, but it might save you a headache or two! It is also possible to do a WING transfer on both islands, so you won’t ever be stranded without money.
5) There are Shops on Koh Rong Samloem
At the beginning of 2017, several shops have opened up on Koh Rong Samloem, including a mini-mart that sells a lot of useful products. Prices are inflated, so it’s a good idea to stock up on any essentials before you go (don’t forget to bring plenty of mosquito spray and suntan lotion).