A complete guide to Koh Rong Samloem

If you follow our adventures on Instagram or Facebook, you probably remember seeing some photos of that heavenly island. Some asked if I was in French Polynesia or in the Caribbean. Believe it or not, this paradise island is actually hidden somewhere along Cambodia's coast...

Cambodia's Paradise Island : A Complete Guide to Koh Rong Samloem

Next to Koh Rong, popular island amongst backpackers in Cambodia, is her lil' sister Koh Rong Samloem. Far more quiet, with white sandy beaches, gorgeous boutique hotels, and nothing else to do but enjoy the island life. We spent four days in Koh Rong Samloem Island, and felt like time had stopped. On the beach, it was mostly just us, sometimes we had to share the ocean with a couple of travelers -I know, life's hard, isn't it?! 

It was surprisingly peaceful for such a magnificent place. Discover more on what to do in Koh Rong Samloem, and how to get to this Cambodian secret paradise...

Cambodia's paradise island : discover Koh Rong Samloem

Pack your flip flops, your camera and your bikini, you're off to another fabulous island trip in Southeast Asia!

Cambodia's Paradise Island : A Complete Guide to Koh Rong Samloem

Where is Koh rong samloem ?

Koh Rong Samloem is situated West of Sihanoukville, about 30 minutes ferry ride from there.


We booked our ferry trip online on Speed Ferry Cambodia's website. You also have the option to buy your ticket on site, depending on the seats availables. 

There's a great restaurant by the ferry pier called Yasmine, a perfect place to hang out get some infos while waiting for the ferry. The atmosphere is very relaxed, the staff super friendly and the food delicious. At night, it transforms into a great place to party.

We've got no recommendation on where to stay in Sihanoukville, as our experience there wasn't good. 

You can usually arrange a pick up from the ferry pier on your arrival Koh Rong Samloem -most hotels have a free shuttle boat. It's always a good idea to plan that before, as walking under the heat with your bags isn't very pleasant.


Koh Rong Samloem island : jungle, coconuts & sunshine

What makes this island so fabulous? -you'll ask. Well, we've had the chance to see many dreamy beaches during our trips in Indonesia, in Thailand and in the Philippines. Koh Rong Samloem's got it all, from the white silky sand, the green coconuts and the tranquility. It reminded us of our Similan Islands adventure, except there are some great hotels and restaurants in Koh Rong Samloem -plus, depending on your choice of hotel, you even can get the electricity all day. 

Despite some luxurious hotels, the whole atmosphere stays very relaxed with a great chilled out vibe -we're still in Southeast Asia after all.

Cambodia's Paradise Island : A Complete Guide to Koh Rong Samloem


What to do in Koh Rong Samloem? 

If there is one place where you'll enjoy doing nothing, this is it. I usually have a constant need to keep on exploring but in Koh Rong Samloem, I enjoyed the slow life. This THE place to take it easy and soak up the serenity. Of course, there are also some other activities to do than sunbathing and napping under palm trees.

  • Drink fresh shakes everyday
  • Hike all the way to Sunset Beach and/or Lazy Beach
  • Get lost in the jungle
  • Go snorkeling in the turquoise water
  • Relax on the hammocks
  • Go island hopping
Cambodia's Paradise Island : A Complete Guide to Koh Rong Samloem


where to eat in Koh Rong Samloem : Places to discover

Don't forget it's a quiet island, and most restaurants close around 9pm. Good excuse to start drinking your cocktails from 5pm! The speciality in Koh Rong Samloem is a good old barbecue on the beach -a must! The chicken and cashew nuts is also a real delight -absolutely delicious. And of course, it's not an island trip if you don't drink a green coconut.

  • Nakry's House: Eat with the locals! 
    This cool restaurant serves all kind of local meals as well as western ones. It's cheap, it's local, and it's good. You don't have the view on the beach, but you will still have your feet on the sand. Situated right after the supermarket in Saracen Bay.

  • The Pipes: Delicious barbecue!
    This is the only one we tried so I cannot really compare, but it was delicious. 

  • Saracen Bay Supermarket
    There's a small supermarket where you can find anything you want -from ice cream to sunscreen. It's a nice option for snacks.

Cambodia's Paradise Island : A Complete Guide to Koh Rong Samloem


Traveling in Koh Kong Samloem with a baby?

Noah was 4 months old when we traveled to Koh Rong Samloem. I didn't really know what to expect, and ended up being happily surprised. When choosing our hotel, the only demand I had was the air-con. We stayed at The Pipes, where we had a neat bungalow right on the beach, absolutely perfect to stay with a baby.

Noah slept in his travel bed, which I put on the floor. He took his first bath in the ocean once the sun had set, and loved it. And he also took his first shower there as there was no bathtub. Fun moments! I came with mosquito spray and cream, but Noah hasn't had any problem with insects.

As usual in Asia, the locals fell in love with him. On the beach, in the restaurants, everywhere. I've even been offered a few times free baby-sitting while I was eating. Our "white baby" is a super star!

Cambodia's Paradise Island : A Complete Guide to Koh Rong Samloem

I was concerned about the heat, but it wasn't that hot. Even when it went up to 34°C, we always had that nice sea breeze giving some fresh air. Noah enjoyed his daily naps in the shade, on the beach -and so did I. 

We hiked in the jungle with him in the baby carrier and didn't get attacked by a tiger, an elephant nor a dragon. 

There is a small Aid Post on the beach with a lifeguard. Obviously there isn't any hospital on the island, and it is quite isolated, but not so remote. At the end, it's just a 35 minutes ride to Sihanoukville. If he is healthy you can totally consider traveling with a baby to Koh Rong Samloem. It's a dream destination for a baby-moon!

Cambodia's Paradise Island : A Complete Guide to Koh Rong Samloem