Saracen Bay is the main tourist beach on Koh Rong Samloem. Unlike the main tourist area on Koh Rong (Koh Touch), Saracen Bay is a peaceful relaxing holiday destination with very little night life (there are jungle parties but they are away from the majority of the resorts).
Easily accessible by all the main ferry services, Saracen Bay is one of the most convenient places to get to on Koh Rong Samloem. It is also the most ‘civilised’, with a couple of small shops and other services.
The views on Saracen Bay are fantastic – Pristine white beaches, clear turquoise ocean waters, and a tropical jungle wilderness surrounding the expansive beach front.
Each resort comes with villas or bungalows, a bar, and a restaurant. The quality of the resorts varies from cheap dorm beds to modern villas with air-conditioning, wide-screen TV’s, comfortable beds, and en-suite bathrooms with a hot shower and a western toilet.
Though the resorts tend to be full in peak season, it is never too busy, so you can lie back and enjoy the sensational views in a quiet tranquil environment.Plan & Book Your Trip
(For more in-depth information, please read: 5 Best Things to See and Do on Saracen Bay)
There is the fantastic waterfall at the far side of the bay – Near a main pier and Freedom Island resort. The jungle surrounding the waterfall is beautiful, and the pool at the bottom is superb on a nice hot day.
As a separate day trip, we would definitely recommend for you to see Lazy Beach – A 40 minute walk through the jungle trail.
For those who want to take full advantage of the wonderful marine life, there is snorkelling and scuba diving available.
The snorkelling / scuba diving centre is located near the centre of Saracen Bay (near Orchid Resort) and is quite easy to find – Just take a stroll along the beach and look out for it (see also: Snorkelling on Lazy Beach).
More recently, a very popular boat tour around the island has become available. Organised by Captain Kem, ‘Caribbean Tours’ takes you all over Koh Rong Samloem, allowing you to see many of the other attractions, beaches, and resorts.
Captain Kem also currently offers a night time trip to see the bioluminescent plankton.
View From The Lighthouse
Shops: There are a couple of small shops on Saracen Bay, but prices tend to be inflated, so try to bring whatever you need with you (don’t forget to bring plenty of mosquito spray and suntan lotion).
ATMs: Saracen Bay does not have any ATMs at the moment, so please bring sufficient cash with you. Several resorts allow you to pay by credit card, but it’s still a good idea to have cash just in case. If you desperately need some cash for whatever reason, it is possible to do a WING transfer carried out over a mobile phone. The WING centre can be found on Saracen Bay, in a small Khmer resort near The One Resort – Head left for 2 minutes or so (if you are facing The One).
Food: If you’re staying on Saracen Bay, Green Blue and Natural Resort probably have the best local Khmer food, whereas Moonlight serves the best pizza. Sol Beach Resort has several fantastic wines and the Fish Amok is outstanding. Sweet Dreams Resort is a great place for breakfast – The views are superb and their pancakes are delicious. The One Resort offers great night time views and has a good range of cocktails. For more information, read: 5 Best Food & Drink on Saracen Bay.
The Delicious Fish Amok at Sol Beach Resort
Money: Changing large notes can sometimes be problematic on the islands, so please try to bring smaller denominations.
Wi-Fi: Many of the resorts now have Wi-Fi on Saracen Bay, though connections can be slow and unreliable.
Prices: On average, Koh Rong Samloem is more expensive than Koh Rong, in both hotel and restaurant prices. There is a wide range of options on both islands however. On Samloem, the most basic accommodation starts at $10 / night, and goes up to $150 / night (for a spacious villa with air-con, Wi-Fi, modern bathrooms, etc.). Food prices average around $7 / main meal.Plan & Book Your Trip
We’ve started to put together an interactive video map of Saracen Bay, Koh Rong Samloem, and Koh Rong. Click on the image below to watch videos of activities and attractions on the islands: