Located just off the coast of Sihanoukville, Cambodia, Koh Rong is famous for its serene beauty, often described as an ‘island paradise’ by visiting tourists. The island boasts beautiful pristine white beaches, clear turquoise ocean waters, and a tropical jungle wilderness containing several native species. Here’s all the information on Koh Rong’s beaches, tourism, history, geography, villages, and celebrity status.
(See also: About Koh Rong Samloem)
There are many spectacular holiday locations on Koh Rong. The main tourist beach (Koh Touch) creates a vibrant party atmosphere, with lots of hotels, bars, and night clubs. The quiet, less-busier beaches (e.g. White Beach, Long Beach, Lonely Beach, and Palm Beach) offer more relaxing vacations.
Long Beach on Koh Rong
Most people visit Koh Rong between the middle of November and the start of May, as during these months there are beautiful hot days with very little cloud and low humidity. Learn about the weather on Koh Rong here: Koh Rong Weather.
As of 2018, there are now 5 modern ferry services from Sihanoukville to Koh Rong. The 5 services offer modern speed boats with comfortable chairs, life jackets, and the option to buy food and drink on board. Learn more: How to Get to Koh Rong in 2018.
Whether you want to lie back, unwind, and admire the magnificent views, swim in the warm refreshing ocean, explore the exotic wildlife, learn the historic Khmer culture, or party till the sun comes up, the breathtaking island of Koh Rong is your perfect holiday destination.Plan & Book Your Trip to Koh Rong
There are four village communities on Koh Rong: Koh Touch (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.
Koh Touch Village on Koh Rong
The popular reality programme ‘Survivor’ has been filmed on Koh Rong several times.
In 2012, a special edition of the French Survivor (‘Koh Lanta’) was filmed near Sok San Village with an All-Star cast. The production team returned in 2013 and again in 2016 to film the regular editions.
In 2015, the American version of Survivor produced Season 31 (Survivor: Cambodia – Second Chance) and season 32 (Survivor: Kaôh Rōng – Brains vs Brawn vs Beauty) on Koh Rong.
The 16th edition of Expedition Robinson (Sweden’s Survivor) was also filmed on the island.
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 (there are over 23 individual beaches that vary in length and colour, some of which have now been developed for tourism – Read our Ultimate Koh Rong Beach Guide to learn more).
The terrain on Koh Rong is predominantly hilly, with a 316m mountain (1,037ft) in the north-west. Most of the island’s interior is covered in jungle forestry, with several waterfalls, bays, capes, and sandstone rock formations adding to the wonderful scenery.
Exposed to the weather and open sea, the south side of Koh Rong is particularly beautiful, while the east side is characterized by smooth hills that gently slope towards the crescent-shaped beaches, inlets, and bays.
Koh Rong’s neighbouring islands include Koh Tuich in the south-east, the twin islands of Koh Bong-Po’own (Koh Song-Saa) in the north-east, and Koh Koun and Koh Rong Samloem in the south. These five islands make up the Sangkat Koh Rong (or Commune 5 of Mittakpheap District).
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’.
Cambodia has finally launched it’s very first large-scale marine protection project – Several areas (totalling about 405km²) around the Koh Rong islands are now ‘Marine Fisheries Management Areas’.
Useful resource: wikipedia.org