Finding your perfect hotel on Koh Rong isn’t easy – The beautiful island is very big, with many different types of holiday experiences – From late night Party Holidays, to Quiet Beach Holidays, Luxury Resort Holidays, Desert Island Holidays, and Culture Holidays. Just take a look at these videos to see how much variety there is!
To take the hassle out of your trip, we’ve compiled the ‘Ultimate Koh Rong Hotel Guide 2018’ – Just choose your type of holiday below, and explore the hotels we recommend (to learn about the best time to visit Koh Rong, see: Koh Rong Weather).
Koh Rong Hotels – Party Holiday
If you’re looking for a vibrant party holiday on a tropical island paradise, then the main tourist area on Koh Rong (Koh Touch Beach) is your ideal location.
Koh Touch Beach on Koh Rong
Situated immediately in front of you as you get off the ferry, this part of Koh Touch is packed with guest houses, bars, and night clubs. Expect a vibrant nightlife with late nights, cheap alcohol, and heavy dance music.
It is not uncommon to see events start early in the day, and many bars create a lively atmosphere first thing in the morning. This part of Koh Rong is also full of activities and fun things to do (See: Attractions and Activities on Koh Rong).
Accommodation around this area is relatively low-priced, ranging between $5-$30 per night. But don’t have high expectations – Most hotels, bungalows, hostels, and guesthouses are very basic. We recommend Sunflower Guest House, Natural Lounge Guesthouse, and White Rose Guest House, and if you want to rent a small bungalow, Smile Bungalows and Happy Bungalows are OK value for money.
If you want to stay near the busy centre but would like a better night’s sleep, Happy Elephant resort and Island Palace are of a good standard – Though the rooms are quite basic, the bungalows are a little uphill so noise is not as big a problem. If these are fully booked, Natural Bungalows (next to Happy Elephant) are OK.
You can also take a room at one of the guest houses on ‘Police Beach’ which holds regular late-night party events. Police Beach is a 15 minute walk from the main pier (heading left off the ferry) through a very short jungle trail. The beach here is reasonably clean and well-kept, and during the day it tends to be less busy than the main tourist area on Koh Touch. Don’t expect much from the accommodation however.
Koh Touch Beach Map
Koh Rong Hotels – Quiet Beach Holiday
(See also: Quiet Beach Holiday on Koh Rong Samloem)
If you want a peaceful relaxing vacation, where you can lie back, unwind, and admire the magnificent views, then there are several quieter areas on Koh Rong that are ideal.
(To learn about all of the best beaches on Koh Rong and the best beaches on Koh Rong Samloem, see: Ultimate Koh Rong Beach Guide)
Firstly, you can stay on less-busier parts of Koh Touch. Here you can enjoy the white sandy beaches and beautiful ocean waters in a calm tranquil atmosphere, while being a short walk away from the main piers and the busy bars, restaurants, and shops.
We recommend White Beach Bungalows, Tree House Bungalows, and Paradise Bungalows, which are all a short walk from the main pier (heading right as you get off the ferry). For fantastic views over Koh Rong, try the Highland Beach Bungalows which are a little uphill (head left as you get off the ferry).
White Beach on Koh Touch
We recommend you try Sok San Beach Bungalows (not to be confused with the nearby Sok San New Beach Bungalows and the Sok San Long Beach Bungalows). Sok San is a small fishing village on the west side of Koh Rong – A boat trip away from Koh Touch. The beach area around here is quiet, peaceful, and relaxing, and being next to the local Khmer allows you to learn about the Cambodian culture during your stay.
Finally, Saracen Bay on Koh Rong Samloem is a great option. Koh Rong Samloem is one of the most beautiful islands of Cambodia, and Saracen Bay is the main tourist beach with several resorts, bars, and restaurants. Here you can lie back and enjoy the sensational views in a calm relaxed environment. Learn more: Quiet Beach Holiday on Koh Rong Samloem
Koh Rong Hotels – Luxury Resort Holiday
(See also: Luxury Resort Holiday on Koh Rong Samloem)
If you want to enjoy the crystal clear ocean waters, beautiful white sandy beaches, and exotic tropical surroundings, but you prefer a more luxurious accommodation for your holiday, there are several outstanding resorts available. We recommend Sok San Beach Resort, Koh Rong Resort, The Royal Sands, Longset Resort, and the world-renowned Song Saa Private Island Resort.
Sok San Beach Resort is truly mesmerising – The beach area on this part of Koh Rong is superb, and the self-contained resort offers everything one would want (the cast and crew of the U.S. Survivor TV show have stayed there in the past).
Sok San Beach Resort on Koh Rong
Similarly, Koh Rong Resort is fantastic. The private beach area is ideal for lying back and admiring the wonderful scenery, and the crystal clear ocean waters are magnificent. Their ocean-facing swimming pool creates a perfect setting to relax and watch the time go by.
Ranging from $200-$1500 / night, The Royal Sands Koh Rong offers premium luxury accommodation on a spectacular part of Koh Rong. It is a breathtaking destination, with private swimming pools, deluxe accommodation, and world-class service.
A Room at The Royal Sands Koh Rong
Longset Resort offers luxury accommodation on a wonderful part of Koh Rong. The soft white sandy beach is splendid, and some of the views are truly sensational. Relax by the pool or swim in the warm ocean during the day, then at night times admire the sparkling bioluminescent plankton.
At over $2000 / night, the illustrious Song Saa Private Island Resort is known for its stunning views and world-class service. Being the only resort on Koh Rong with an international 5-star rating, Song Saa is a recommended holiday destination for those who want to enjoy an island paradise in the most elegant of fashions.
We also recommend Sol Beach Resort and The One Resort on Koh Rong Samloem. Both offer a fantastic family-friendly holiday on a beautiful white sandy beach. Learn more: Luxury Resort Holiday on Koh Rong Samloem.
Koh Rong Hotels – Desert Island Holiday
(See also: Desert Island Holiday on Koh Rong Samloem)
If you prefer to seclude yourself on a tropical island paradise, Koh Rong has some stunning destinations for a ‘Robinson Crusoe’ holiday experience.
(To learn how to get to all areas of Koh Rong, see: How to Get to Koh Rong)
Firstly, there’s Lonely Beach Resort. The beach on this isolated part of Koh Rong is superb – Clear glistening ocean waters, soft white sands, and tall enveloping palm trees. The small resort offers quite basic accommodation, but the views are fantastic, and the atmosphere is quiet and relaxing.
Lonely Beach on Koh Rong
Secondly, there are several fantastic resorts on more isolated parts of Koh Rong Samloem. Here you can lie back and enjoy the magnificent views in a peaceful tranquil atmosphere. We recommend Sandy Beach Bungalows, Huba-Huba Bungalows, Robinson Bungalows, and Lazy Beach.
For the more adventurous travellers out there, there is also the option of tenting. Koh Rong is a very large island, with many undeveloped and uninhabited areas. As such, there are lots of magnificent locations where you can put up a tent and sleep for free. For example, if you get off the ferry and head right along the beach (past Tree House Resort towards Pura Vita), there is over 1km of empty beach space with outstanding views.
Koh Rong Hotels – Culture Holiday
(See also: Culture Holiday on Koh Rong Samloem)
If you want to enjoy the spectacular views on Koh Rong while learning about the local Cambodian culture, there are a couple of excellent options available.
Firstly, we would recommend you stay at Inn The Village in Daem Thkov Village. Here you will learn about the local Khmer culture, meet the very friendly fishing families, and get a taste of how real Cambodians live on a day-to-day basis. The Inn is 10 minutes away from a beautiful pristine beach where you can enjoy the magnificent scenery in a quiet relaxed environment.
Secondly, for a real taste of the local Khmer culture we recommend you visit the local fishing village of M’Pai Bay on Koh Rong Samloem. Just like Inn the Village above, several hotels on M’Pai Bay are actively involved in the local community. What’s more, you are a short walk away from a fantastic white beach where you can lie back and enjoy the stunning views. On M’Pai Bay, we recommend Harmony Bungalow, Easy Tiger, and Sunset Bungalows.
Finally, we recommend you try Sok San Beach Bungalows. The beach area around here is quiet, peaceful, and relaxing, and being next to the local Khmer allows you to learn about the Cambodian culture during your stay.