Paradise Bungalows tends to get quite good reviews (though many people confuse it with Paradise Villas on Koh Rong Samloem – The same company but two very different experiences). I would recommend you stay here if you’re looking for a quiet laid-back holiday on Koh Touch, but as with most resorts on this part of Koh Rong, there are a few things you need to be prepared for…
Koh Touch on Koh Rong
The bungalows are located a short 10 min walk away from the main bars, restaurants, and night clubs (head right as you get off the ferry). In my opinion this is the best area on Koh Touch, as you are just far enough away to not be bothered by night time noise, while the beach is cleaner, quieter, and more beautiful.
The bungalows themselves are quite rustic-looking, but when it comes to the general standards on Koh Touch, they are up there with the better options.
We stayed in a bungalow designed for 2 couples – There were 2 (reasonably spacious) adjacent rooms and a shared bathroom with an outside shower. The outside shower is enclosed by high walls so you don’t have to worry about being seen. The rooms were clean and well-kept, and each bed came with a fan and a mosquito net. As with most hotels on Koh Touch, the rooms aren’t designed to be sound proof, so bare that in mind if you’re looking to share a bungalow.
A Room at Paradise Bungalows
All in all I’d say the bungalows are of a pretty good standard for Koh Touch – Remember you’ll only really be using them for sleeping, so as long as you have a fan, some clean sheets, and a mosquito net you’ll be fine. The extra you pay for with Paradise Bungalows (our 4-person bungalow was $80 / night) is an extra level of privacy and comfort, and, of course, easy access to the best part of the beach.
Now for the things you need to be prepared for… Firstly, the electricity in the bungalows switches off at 6am, so there’s no chance of a lie in as it gets very hot after that. If you’re the kind of person who likes to get up early and make the most of the sunshine, then this won’t bother you too much. However, if you’re more of a night time dweller, I’d definitely recommend you stay elsewhere.
White Beach on Koh Touch
Secondly, make sure you ask the staff to clean your rooms when you go out or they will not be cleaned. Nobody told us this when we arrived, and although there are instructions in the rooms, we didn’t have the time to study them in detail as we were very busy.
Finally, some of the staff were a little difficult on our visit, but this might just have been specific to our stay. In general, please remember to try to keep patient with the Khmer, as many of them are not used to western standards and logics. Otherwise, lie back and enjoy the beautiful scenery!Book Paradise Bungalows Now
- Q: When is the best time to visit Koh Rong?
- Q: How do I get to Koh Rong?
- Q: What activities are there?
- Q: Is Koh Rong a party place?
- Q: Where can I see the glowing plankton?
- Q: Where are the best beaches?
- Q: What should I bring with me?
- Q: Is it easy to get a Cambodian Visa?
- Q: Is there an ATM on the islands?
- Q: Is there a medical facility on Koh Rong?
- Q: Is it a family-friendly place?
- Q: When is the rainy season?
- Q: Where was Survivor Kaoh Rong filmed?
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.
It will take about 40 minutes to get to your destination 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 beaches on the islands. If your hotel is not on the main beaches (Koh Touch / Saracen Bay), please read 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. 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
The 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.
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.
Mountain Biking & Jungle Trekking
Explore the exotic jungle habitat by foot or via a mountain bike.
Sparkling like a starry sky all around you, the bioluminescent plankton are a wonderful sight to behold at night times.
Jet Skiing & Windsurfing
For some fast paced action on the beautiful clear waters, hire Jetskis or Windsurf.
To learn more, please read our Activities Guide.
As such, if you’re staying on Koh Touch (the main tourist area on Koh Rong) or on Saracen Bay (the main tourist area on Koh Rong Samloem), the easiest way for you to see the plankton is by booking a boat tour (you can also walk to Police Beach on non-party nights (15 minutes left from the main pier) and Tree House Bungalows (15 minutes right from the main pier) on Koh Touch, or make your way to Long Set Beach around the corner from Koh Touch).
For more information, please read: Glowing Plankton on Koh Rong
1) Lonely Beach – Possibly the best beach on the islands (even bettering Lazy Beach on Koh Rong Samloem), is Lonely Beach to the northern side of Koh Rong Island. Although it is not in the most convenient location, it really is absolutely stunning. The small alcove feels like a real island-paradise, with crystal clear ocean waters, soft white sandy beaches, and tall palm trees all around. The atmosphere is quite serene – so peaceful and quiet with just a few crickets chirping in the background. There are very few people around, so you feel quite isolated and secluded out in a truly beautiful setting.
2) 4K Beach (Long Set Beach) – We would say that 4K beach is number two on the list, though there are now several resorts built along this wonderful stretch of white sand, sparkling turquoise ocean, and tropical jungle wilderness. What’s great about this beach, apart from the stunning scenery and inviting pristine waters, is that it’s a short walk away from the main tourist area on Koh Rong Island (Koh Touch).
3) White Beach – At number 3 we are going to put White Beach – A 10 minute walk from the main pier on Koh Touch. Admittedly, there are probably better beaches, but the convenience of White Beach and the quality of the resorts around this area push it up a place or two. Despite what you might read elsewhere, this far side of Koh Touch is not a party location and does not suffer from the same setbacks that other more popular areas experience. The beach on this part of the touristy stretch is clean and well-kept, with soft white sands and beautiful clear ocean waters.
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 Island in Rainy Season
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: Kaoh Rong – Brains vs Brawn vs Beauty) on Koh Rong Island.
The 16th edition of Expedition Robinson (Sweden’s Survivor) was also filmed on the island.
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