Abandoned Army Base
Not as fascinating or attractive as the abandoned lighthouse nearby, there is an old military outpost right at the southern end of Buck Beach, in the southwest corner of Koh Rong Sanloem. There is nothing especially remarkable about the handful of old buildings there, and the cannon by the beach is hidden under a thick protective covering. Be warned, however, that the camp is home to some rather aggressive and territorial stray dogs.
- Location: Southern end of Buck Beach
- Remarks: Beware of territorial dogs
Being far from the lights of civilisation, the faint blue glow of bioluminescent plankton makes some of the beaches of Koh Rong sparkle on moonless nights. Quite a spooky, ethereal effect, it is a really stunning natural sight and one which is usually only available in very remote parts of the world. While the plankton itself is not actually harmful, swimming in the sea at night can be as many dangerous creatures come out to hunt.
- Location: Any beach away from Koh Tui Village, but especially Long Set Beach, Koh Rong
- Remarks: Only visible on dark, moonless nights
High Point Adventure Park
Explore the beautiful natural jungle of Koh Rong with a zip line adventure through the canopy. High Point offers a 400 metre course including 25 platforms in the jungle canopy, starting just a short walk from Koh Tui Village and ending with an exciting 130-metre line. The park was built among Koh Rong’s tallest trees, with one of the platforms an impressive 25 metres off the ground. The guides are well-trained and the equipment is properly maintained, making this a fun and safe family-friendly activity.
- Opening Hours: Daily 09:00 – 18:00
- Location: Just south of Koh Tui Village, Koh Rong
- Tel: +855 16 839 993
- Price Range: US$30 per person
Jungle Zoo is a tiny tropical garden, run by a dedicated and knowledgeable lady named Olga. Wanting to share her love of exotic plants, beautiful butterflies, local birds and other mostly native wildlife, she turned a small patch of jungle into a vision of paradise. Olga offers guided tours, which include tea or coffee, a chance to touch some of the resident animals and the opportunity to enjoy a fascinating chat with this remarkable woman.
- Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 17:00
- Location: Near Police Beach, Koh Rong
- Tel: +855 88 908 8292
- Price Range: US$5 for guided tours
Koh Rong Blob Jump
The concept is very simple. You sit on one end of a giant inflatable blob and one or two people jump onto the other end from platforms either 4 or 6 metres up. Physics does the rest and you get thrown high into the air, only to come splashing down into the crystal-clear seas around Koh Rong. It’s very exciting and a lot of fun. You will be provided with a crash helmet and life jacket, but there are obviously still some risks in crashing down into the water from as high as 7 metres in the air.
- Opening Hours: Daily 11:00 – 17:30
- Location: near Treehouse Bungalows, Koh Rong
- Tel: +855 98 603 564
- Price Range: US$3 per person
Koh Rong Sanloem Lighthouse
This long-abandoned lighthouse, right at the southern end of Koh Rong Sanloem, is an urban explorer’s dream come true. A relic of the time when Cambodia was a French protectorate, it is very easily reached by a clear path and fairly easily accessed since there are no barriers around it, though you might have to give the guy living there a dollar. The view from the top of the tower is pretty cool, but there are obviously risks in exploring abandoned buildings – do so at your own risk!
- Location: Southern end of Koh Rong Sanloem
- Remarks: Explore at your own risk
M’Pai Bay (Village 23)
M’Pai Bay – also known as “Village 23” in English – is a tiny traditional fishing village right at the northern end of Koh Rong Sanloem, with a population of only around 300. They’re a very friendly and welcoming bunch, often seen playing cards or volleyball or just taking a stroll around town. There are a couple of guesthouses and a restaurant or two there but, if you just want to visit, the town has a community pier and there are walking trails leading there, though they are quite long.
- Location: North coast of Koh Rong Sanloem
A rock by the estuary of a small stream at the western end of Saracen Bay carries a simple and old inscription: Nestour 1876. As this dates from the period during which Cambodia was a French protectorate and since the text is clearly in Roman characters, the general assumption is that it is a graffito of a French visitor to this beautiful spot. Whoever it was must have had quite a lot of time on their hands because the simple fact that the engraving has endured for over 100 years proves just how tough this rock is. A funny little connection with the island’s history, the rock also marks the start of some interesting, beautiful and relatively easy hiking trails.
- Location: near Dolphin Bay Resort, Koh Rong Sanloem
- Remarks: Please don’t deface or add to the inscription
Saracen Bay Waterfall
There are loads of waterfalls around both Koh Rong, but this is one of the easiest to reach and enjoy. Located right at the northern end of Saracen Bay on Koh Rong Sanloem, it’s a great place to enjoy a refreshing dip in the cool water. The falls themselves are small but charming and, between the sound of splashing water and the shade of the trees, they create a relaxing environment, with a great Khmer restaurant nearby if you’re peckish. Note that the falls are at their most impressive during the low season and, during high season, you might find little to no water there.
- Location: next to Freedom Island Resort, Saracen Bay, Koh Rong Sanloem
Sok San Waterfall
Koh Rong’s largest waterfall is still a relatively small one, but it is certainly picturesque. Best seen during or just after the rainy season, a sheet of water tumbles about 4 metres down into a rocky plunge pool. A pleasant place to relax and cool off, it is quite easy to access, being just a short walk away from Sok San Village.
- Location: about a five-minute walk from Sok San Village, Koh Rong
- Remarks: During the high season, there is very little water falling