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Koh Rong ("monkey island") is your quintessential desert island, complete with snowy white sand beaches, warm turquoise water and lush leafy jungles. Less than three hours from Sihanoukville by boat, it is rustic, laid-back and exotic – but soon to be developed by an influx of luxury resorts. So go soon while it's still unspoiled. The southeast of the island is the most developed (if you call generators, unpaved roads and lights out at midnight developed) and the southwest delivers a pristine three-mile stretch of untouched sand fringed with palm trees and sparkling ocean. Accommodations are available in tree-houses, bungalows and rustic ...

Koh Rong ("monkey island") is your quintessential desert island, complete with snowy white sand beaches, warm turquoise water and lush leafy jungles. Less than three hours from Sihanoukville by boat, it is rustic, laid-back and exotic – but soon to be developed by an influx of luxury resorts. So go soon while it's still unspoiled. The southeast of the island is the most developed (if you call generators, unpaved roads and lights out at midnight developed) and the southwest delivers a pristine three-mile stretch of untouched sand fringed with palm trees and sparkling ocean. Accommodations are available in tree-houses, bungalows and rustic shacks, and entertainment includes lazing in a hammock, snorkeling, hiking in the jungle or watching fire-dance performances with the locals. It’s Cambodia’s second largest island and one of the Gulf of Thailand’s most beautiful. With 27 miles of beaches, island life revolves around the outdoors, and there’s an almost-deserted feel with just enough going on to make it comfortable, provided, that is, that you’re not too concerned about being pampered by too many creature comforts.

Gabrielle Yetter
About the Expert

Gabrielle Yetter writes the LeBoost Phnom Penh guidebook, completed a book on traditional Cambodian desserts, and wrote the chapter on Cambodia for a book about moving to Southeast Asia. She has been living in Phnom Penh since 2010.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Island in the Gulf of Thailand, part of Koh Kong Province
  • Language: Khmer
  • Currency: Cambodia Riel
  • Research: Wikipedia | Wikitravel

Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    Between November and March is best since it's not rainy season in Cambodia. But any time is great if you don't mind getting wet.