Facts on Koh Rong

Geography: Koh Rong (also romanized as Kaôh Rong or Kos Rong) is the second largest island of Cambodia, having an area of approximately 78 km2. 43km of Koh Rong’s 61km coastline are beaches.

TV: The popular reality programme ‘Survivor’ was once filmed on the island (on Sok San Beach).

Survivor-Koh-Rong-Island

 

Locals: There are four village communities on Koh Rong: Koh Tuich (south-east), Prek Svay (north-east), Daem Thkov (Sangkat village) (east), and Sok San (west). Most locals live from fishing (70%) and small scale crop cultivation (30%). As of 2018, tourist businesses outnumber residential homes on Koh Touch.

Prek-Svay-on-Koh-Rong

 

History of ‘Rong’: There is some uncertainty over the history of the word ‘Rong’ – Some islanders say that it refers to a historical person’s name, while others think it might refer to an old term for ‘cave’ or ‘tunnel’, or to the phrase ‘shelter island’.

Marine Protection: Cambodia has finally launched it’s very first large-scale marine protection project – Several areas (totalling about 405km²) around the Koh Rong and Samloem islands are now ‘Marine Fisheries Management Areas’.

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Facts on Koh Rong Samloem

Geography: Koh Rong Samloem (also romanized as Kaoh Rong Sanloem) is roughly 9km long (north to south), 4km wide (east to west), and 1km wide at its narrowest point.

Wildlife: There is a lot of spectacular wildlife, including one group of monkeys that can sometimes be spotted during the Jungle Trail walk.

Monkey-on-Koh-Rong-Samloem

 

Spelling Inconsistencies: Inconsistencies on whether ‘Samloem’ or ‘Sanloem’ is the correct spelling date back to the 19th Century. Early divergence came from the map makers during French rule.

Translation: The word “Sanloem” translates to: 1) Drowsiness; 2) Far out and hard to discern. There is some uncertainty over the history of the word ‘Rong’ – Some islanders say that it refers to a historical person’s name, while others think it might refer to an old term for ‘cave’ or ‘tunnel’, or to the phrase ‘shelter island’.

Locals: There are two local villages on the island: Ma-pay Bay (in the north), and Koh Rong Sanloem Phumi Kang Khnong (in the south).

M'Pai Bay on Koh Rong Samloem

 

Navy: The Cambodian Navy has a base on the island.

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