Last time I stayed on Koh Rong Samloem I went for my regular trip over to Lazy Beach – A beautiful pristine part of the island where the sands are silky smooth, the blue waters glisten in the sun, and the enveloping mountains offer superb views (take a look at the video we made below for a better idea).

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Lazy Beach | Koh Rong Samloem Island, Cambodia | Visit Koh Rong

 

I am still surprised by how difficult this beautiful part of Samloem is to find – The first two times I went to Saracen Bay I was still none the wiser to its existence (there are no sign posts of any kind to show you which path to take through the jungle). I’ve been told that the owner of the Lazy Beach Resort prefers it that way, because it means that only the more adventurous of tourists make it out.

To give you a rough idea, Lazy Beach is about a 40 minute walk through the jungle. Once you find the path off Saracen Bay it’s a pretty straight forward journey, but the path is a bit hidden. To make things easier the ‘Royal Retreat Resort’ has built its ‘Octopussy’ Bar near the trail – You can take a look around there for a path into the jungle or ask a waiter at the bar.

 

Octopussy Bar on Koh Rong Samloem
Jungle Trail to Lazy Beach

Lazy Beach Entrance

 

Though perhaps a little daunting at first, the jungle walk is actually not too bad. I’m not a particular fan of creepy crawlies, but so far the only things I’ve seen on my journeys to Lazy Beach are an iguana and a couple of small monkeys (be careful not to get too close to them – they are wild!). The path is reasonably wide also, so you are not near the edges where something might be hiding.

The jungle itself really is fantastic. I grew up in England so despite living here for a few years now, the jungle is still quite exotic to me – The variety of colours, wonderful different types of vegetation and trees, and the general unknown is quite mesmerising.

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Jungle | Koh Rong Samloem island, Cambodia | Visit Koh Rong

 

Lazy Beach I would say is definitely worth the trip. It is a unique part of Samloem that I would personally want to see if staying on the island, even if only for a couple of hours. The resort there creates a very laid back relaxed atmosphere, especially at the bar area where you can lie back in a comfy chair, get a nice cold drink, and admire the view listening to nothing but the sound of crickets. Get adventurous 🙂

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Lazy Beach Resort | Koh Rong Samloem Island, Cambodia | Visit Koh Rong

 

Lazy Beach on Koh Rong Samloem

 

Lazy Beach on Koh Rong Samloem

 

Lazy Beach on Koh Rong Samloem

 

Sunset on Lazy Beach, Koh Rong Samloem

 

The bar at Lazy Beach Koh Rong Samloem

 

If you’d like to know about Snorkelling on Lazy Beach, read: Lazy Beach Snorkeling. For their official website, visit Lazy Beach.

FAQs

A: The best time to visit Koh Rong Samloem is between the middle of November and the start of May. During these months you’ll have beautiful hot days with very little cloud and low humidity. To give you a rough idea of the average temperatures over this past year:
 
Middle of November / December / January / February: Warm and dry. 25°C daytime.
March / April / May: Hot and dry. 35°C daytime.
June / July / August: Hot and wet. 35°C daytime.
September / October / Early November: Warm and wet. 25°C daytime.
 
Please see our Weather Guide for more information.
A: There are now 5 modern ferry services from Sihanoukville to Koh Rong Samloem – Speed Ferry Cambodia, Island Speed Boat Cambodia, Buva Sea, Angkor Speed Ferry, and GTVC. (There are also a couple of $5-$10 ‘Slow Boat’ services that take 1.5 – 2.5 hours – These services are not professionally run and are not recommended).
 
It will take about 40 minutes to get to the island if it’s the first stop. If the boat first stops elsewhere, it may take 1 hour or so.
 
All 5 services will charge roughly $25 return, though prices can vary depending on time of year, special offers, etc. All services leave from the Ochheuteal (AKA ‘Serendipity’) pier in Sihanoukville and go to the main tourist beach (Saracen Bay) on the island. If your hotel is not on Saracen Bay, please read Sihanoukville to Koh Rong Samloem.
 
The 5 services offer modern speed boats with comfortable chairs, life jackets, and the option to buy food and drink on board. Not all of the ferries have air-conditioning, but once the boats set off there is a strong cool breeze throughout the sitting areas which more than makes up for it.
 
All ferry services tend to be very busy – we strongly recommend you buy your tickets in advance. You can buy your tickets online now here: Book Ferry Tickets Online Now
A: Snorkeling & Scuba Diving
The Koh Rong islands are known for their stunning underwater panorama. Whether it’s snorkeling or scuba diving that you’re after, there are plenty of superb locations on Koh Rong Samloem.
 
Kayaking & Paddle Boarding
Enjoy the crystal clear ocean waters by Kayaking or paddle boarding your way around – An ideal activity for couples and families alike.
 
Jungle Trekking
Explore the exotic jungle habitat by foot.

 
Bioluminescent Plankton
Sparkling like a starry sky all around you, the bioluminescent plankton are a wonderful sight to behold at night times. Please speak to your hotel about booking a plankton tour.
 

A: We recommend that you bring plenty of cash, mosquito spray, sun tan lotion, and any other necessities. Saracen Bay and M’Pai Bay have small shops where you can buy most of what you might need, but prices can be inflated so it’s a good idea to stock up on the essentials before you go.
A: Yes – it is generally very easy to get a Cambodian Visa. Although there are tighter restrictions for Business Visas (which now require a Cambodian work permit), the Tourist Visa (1 month stay) is very straight forward and can be obtained at the airport / border crossing as you arrive. If you’d like to skip the ques, you can buy your visa online now here: Buy a Visa Online Now.
A: There is currently no ATM on Koh Rong Samloem. However, many resorts now take card (e.g. VISA, MasterCard, etc). It is also possible to do a WING transfer if you are desperate for cash. Please ask someone when you are there for details.
 
You can however get cash out at any of the three Eftpos terminals on Koh Touch (the main tourist area on Koh Rong Island). There is an Eftpos terminal at Green Ocean Guesthouse, White Rose Guesthouse, and Koh Lanta.
A: There is currently no medical facility on Koh Rong Samloem. However, Koh Rong has a medical facility on Koh Touch (the main tourist area). Please ask someone when you are there for directions.
A: Yes, there are many quiet, family-friendly places on Koh Rong Samloem. Please see our Hotel Guide and Beach Guide to learn more.
A: The rainy season on Koh Rong Samloem is from the middle of May to early November. During these months there will be short bursts of heavy rain during the day. One thing to note is that, although it is wonderfully hot throughout the peak season, there are several advantages of visiting the island during the rainy season.
 
For example, those that visit during the rainy season get to enjoy half-priced accommodation and beautiful rainy scenes, and because it never gets too cold in Cambodia, swimming in the ocean is still a very pleasurable experience (the water rarely drops beneath 25°C). Take a look at this article for more information: 5 Reasons to Visit Koh Rong Samloem in Rainy Season

 

 

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by Maxine on Visit Koh Rong

Lazy Beach is very beautiful a must see if you are on Saloem!!

by Jessica on Visit Koh Rong

beautiful thanks for the advice

by Anni on Visit Koh Rong

S'art!!

 

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